Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Releases Statement on Inspiration Mars
During the Inspiration Mars news conference today at the National Press Club, Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Holokauahi Pulham made the following statement:
“The mission of the Space Foundation is ‘to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.’ Today’s announcement by Dennis Tito and Inspiration Mars launches a powerful new platform from which we can do exactly that:
- Inspire new generations about the awesome potential of human beings to explore the solar system beyond low Earth orbit
- Enable the space community to work together on an exciting and demanding new program that will test our mettle, while demonstrating what we can do when a clear, concise, unambiguous mission is at hand
- Propel knowledge and technology while advancing integration of traditional space organizations and entrepreneurial new space enterprise
“This is a pioneering enterprise. As it happens, only hours ago I had the opportunity to testify before the Subcommittee on Space of U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on the importance of a pioneering doctrine for space exploration and a pioneering purpose for NASA.
“Less than three months ago, the Space Foundation released our report on the future of America’s civil space enterprise. Entitled PIONEERING: Sustaining U.S. Leadership in Space, our report calls for NASA to return to its pioneering roots and embark upon a sustained and sustainable course of pioneering human presence throughout our solar system. Missions like this one, organizations like Inspiration Mars and all parts of our space industrial base, must be part of human kind’s epic journey — not just for NASA to succeed, but for all human kind to benefit.
“My organization spends countless hours working with parents, teachers and students in formal and informal education programs aimed at addressing the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education crisis. After years of talking around the issue of NASA going from an agency with men on the Moon, to an agency capable of human space operations only in low Earth orbit, to an agency that can no longer send its own astronauts into space – at last we have a daring mission of human space exploration that will inspire our students and teachers the way Apollo inspired us so many years ago.
“We are thrilled about what this mission could mean to America and the world, and we’re excited to be part of this daring journey with Dennis Tito and Inspiration Mars.”