Panel seeks Web comments on future space travel

Got an idea for future trips to the moon and Mars? The new presidential commission on space travel is using its Web site to collect citizens' views.

The President's Commission on Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy has set up a Web form for sending messages to the nine-member panel.

The form does not require respondents to provide their names and addresses. Drop-down boxes specify the message writer's state, country and approximate age group, and there is a blank to fill in one's occupation.

'We're interested in a little bit of demographics,' commission spokeswoman Susan Switzer said.

People using the Web form can include their names in the message area if they choose, or they can mail formal letters to the commission at its Arlington, Va., address.

The Web site went live yesterday, the same day as the panel's first public hearing in Washington, Switzer said. Commission staff members plan to break the NASA TV video feed of yesterday's hearing into six segments and put them on the Web site for streaming.

The commission has 120 days to make recommendations to the White House, Switzer said. Edward C. 'Pete' Aldridge Jr., former Defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, heads the nine-member panel.

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