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Marcia Smith

Marcia
S.
Smith
President,
Space and Technology Policy Group, LLC
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Marcia Smith is President of Space and Technology Policy Group, LLC and founder and editor of the website SpacePolicyOnline.com. A veteran space policy analyst, Smith spent 31 years (1975-2006) as a science and technology policy expert specializing in space activities at the Congressional Research Service (part of the U.S. Congress) except for a one-year leave of absence (1985-1986) when she served as Executive Director of the National Commission on Space. After leaving CRS, she was Director of the Space Studies Board (2006-2009) and of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (2007-2009) at the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academies. She left the NRC in 2009 to found her own consulting company and create a website providing objective information and analysis about the full range of domestic and foreign space activities. Among her professional activities she is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and a member of its Board of Directors, and the North American editor of the quarterly journal Space Policy.

Articles
Let’s Fix the Asteroid Redirect Mission 53
Why NASA needs an Asteroid Deflection Technology Development program, rather than an Asteroid Redirect Mission.
Viewpoint: The Debate About The Future Of Human Spaceflight – 30 Years On 40
Can NASA avoid the mistakes of the past or will it finally avoid funding costly diversions to human space exploration?

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