The Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -The panel reviewing NASA's future plans for human space flight is convening for a session in Alabama.

The Human Space Flight Review Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday in Huntsville at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

The session will open with a statement by Robert Lightfoot, who is acting director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. It will include a review of NASA's Constellation program, the agency's current framework for sending astronauts back to the Moon and on to Mars.

The Obama administration sought the review to assess NASA's plans for spacecraft once it retires the space shuttle.