A former astronaut, two former House members and a former NASA administrator are among 11 people named to a new federal commission to study the future of America's space program.
The panel, called the Advisory Committee on the Future of the U.S. Space Program, was organized by NASA and by the National Space Council, which Vice President Quayle directs, after the space agency's recent problems with a flawed space telescope and with hydrogen leaks that grounded the shuttle fleet.
The panel's purpose, officials said, is to independently assess the space program, to judge how NASA is operating it and to recommend future directions for space exploration. Its report is due in four months.
Norman R. Augustine, chairman and chief executive officer of Martin Marietta Corp., was named chairman of the committee two weeks ago.
Committee members announced last week are:
Laurel L. Wilkening, provost of University of Washington, Seattle, and member of an earlier space commission; Edward C. Aldridge Jr., president of McDonnell Douglas Electronics Systems Corp. and former Air Force secretary; Joseph P. Allen, former astronaut and president of Space Industries International Inc.; D. James Baker, scientist and president of an oceanographic group; and Edward P. Boland, former Democratic House member from Massachusetts; Daniel J. Fink, retired vice president of General Electric Co.
Also, Don Fuqua, former Democratic House member from Florida and president of the Aerospace Industries Association of America; Robert T. Herres, retired Air Force general; David T. Kerns, chairman of Xerox Corp.; Louis J. Lanzerotti, chairman of the space studies board of the National Research Council; and Thomas O. Paine, former NASA administrator.