Smith, Babin comment on failure of SpaceX rocket to reach International Space Station

After an unmanned rocket carrying supplies to crews on the International Space Station (ISS) exploded on Sunday, U.S. Reps. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Brian Babin (R-TX) discussed  what it means to the future of the ISS program.
“I share the disappointment of the thousands who worked in support of today’s launch attempt and millions of Americans who care about our nation’s success in space,” Smith, who chairs the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, said. “As we learn more about the circumstances surrounding today’s launch, we must ensure the safe and timely supply of the International Space Station.”

The Space Subcommittee will hold a hearing on July 10 to evaluate the status of the International Space Station.

“I am saddened by today’s unfortunate loss of a SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station,” Babin, who is chairman of the Space Subcommittee, added. “These endeavors are extremely difficult – but they are well worth the investment of America’s time and resources. I am eager to learn more about what happened and how it can be fixed to strengthen and advance our commercial cargo program.”