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Via Wired: Astronaut to Testify From Space

When Congress calls, you have to answer — even if you’re in space.

NASA astronaut John Phillips will provide the first-ever congressional testimony from space on Tuesday, June 14.

Phillips is currently circling the Earth onboard the International Space Station. His testimony, before the House subcommittee on space and aeronautics, is expected to focus on what it is like to live and work on the space station.

“This is a chance for Congress to get a unique perspective from someone who is actually up there,” said NASA spokesman Allard Beutel. “It’s a chance for them to talk directly and to ask direct questions.”

The House subcommittee called the hearing in advance of a meeting later this month in which members will review NASA’s goals and funding for the next several years.

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