On June 13, Conrad Burns (R-MT), chair of the Senate Commerce
Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, held a supportive
hearing on NASA's Mission to Planet Earth. In contrast to recent
criticisms of the program by House Science Committee Chair Robert
Walker (R-PA), Burns' hearing showcased witnesses who praised the
program and supported it as currently planned. Burns stated that
the program has the potential to "easily pay for itself."