LIGO Team members at the Congressional hearing on Feb 24, 2016. Left to right: Assistant Director of the NSF's Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Dr. Fleming Crim, LIGO Lab Director Dr. David Reitze, LSC Spokesperson Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez, LIGO MIT Director Dr. David Shoemaker.

LIGO Members Testify Before US Congress on Gravitational Wave Discovery

News Release • February 18, 2016

As a follow-up to the announcement of LIGO’s first observation of gravitational waves, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology asked LIGO Scientific Collaboration members to testify on the discovery, its meaning for science and society, and what the future may hold. The hearing took place on Feb 24, 2016. Watch the video of the hearing below. Links to the testimony of individual presenters are also provided.

Opening Statement by Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
Testimony of Dr. Fleming Crim
Testimony of Dr. David Reitze
Testimony of Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez
Testimony of Dr. David Shoemaker