The testifiers weren’t in the Senate hearing room. They weren’t even in this world. For the first time, a congressional hearing to testimony from space. The astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis spoke to a Senate subcommittee on NASA’s budget.
Committee chair Sen Barbara Mikulski told the astronauts “Not only did you give Hubble a new life, you’re going to give the Senate a new lease on life.”
“I wish I were up there with you,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, who flew on the shuttle in 1986.