Today’s Tidbits: December 14, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: December 14, 2017

Here are our tidbits for December 14, 2017:  Space Policy Directive 1 published in Federal Register; Blue Origin flies New Shepard with “Mannequin Skywalker.”    Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter for more news and live tweeting of events.

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Today’s Tidbits: December 13, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: December 13, 2017

Here are our tidbits for December 13, 2017:  another short-term Continuing Resolution for everyone, except defense; Barry Myers nomination takes another step forward. Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter for more news and live tweeting of events.

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Pace Outlines Trump Administration’s Approach to Space Development and Law

Pace Outlines Trump Administration’s Approach to Space Development and Law

Scott Pace, Executive Secretary of the White House National Space Council, today outlined the Trump Administration’s approach to space development and law, which includes “bringing American values to space.”   Other features are creating programs and frameworks that lead other countries to align with the United States and striving to be an attractive place for private sector investment and innovation.

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Lightfoot Excited About Implementing New Space Policy, Details to Come in FY2019 Budget

Lightfoot Excited About Implementing New Space Policy, Details to Come in FY2019 Budget

Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot expressed excitement today about implementing the new space policy announced by President Trump yesterday.  It directs NASA to return humans to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo program.  Implementation details will be provided as part of the Trump Administration’s FY2019 budget request, Lightfoot said.

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Today’s Tidbits: December 12, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: December 12, 2017

Here are our tidbits for December 12, 2017: SpaceX’s SpX-13 cargo mission to the ISS slips again; new GAO report on GPS III and OCX.  Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter for more news and live tweeting of events.

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Trump Policy Promises Moon, Mars, and Beyond — Will This Time be Different?

Trump Policy Promises Moon, Mars, and Beyond — Will This Time be Different?

President Trump signed his Space Policy Directive 1 today, December 11, the 45th anniversary of when Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt landed on the Moon — the last humans to do so.  Surrounded by administration officials, commercial space industry representatives, and current and former astronauts, including Schmitt, the only surviving member of the Apollo 17 crew, Trump promised to return astronauts to the Moon and go on to Mars and beyond.  The words echo those of his two Republican predecessors, who did not achieve those goals.  The question is whether the third time will be the charm.

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Text of Remarks at Signing of Trump Space Policy Directive 1 and List of Attendees

Text of Remarks at Signing of Trump Space Policy Directive 1 and List of Attendees

President Trump signed his Space Policy Directive 1 at a ceremony at the White House today at 3:00 pm ET.  He and Vice President Pence each made brief remarks surrounded by a group of about two dozen astronauts, former astronauts, NASA and other Trump Administration officials, and representatives of the commercial space sector.  Included in the group was Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt.  The event today took place exactly 45 years after he and Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan landed on the Moon, the last humans to do so.

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Trump Executive Order Will Send Americans Back to Moon, Eventually to Mars

Trump Executive Order Will Send Americans Back to Moon, Eventually to Mars

President Trump will sign an Executive Order at 3:00 pm today (December 11, 2017) that will send Americans back to the Moon and eventually to Mars.  Today is the 45th anniversary of the day that Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison (Jack) Schmitt landed on the Moon, the last humans to do so.  Schmitt is expected to be at the event, which will be livestreamed on the White House website.

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Trump to Sign Space Policy Directive Tomorrow – UPDATE

Trump to Sign Space Policy Directive Tomorrow – UPDATE

President Trump will sign Space Policy Directive 1 at 3:00 pm tomorrow (Monday, December 11) at a White House ceremony.  The directive apparently will make a human return to the lunar surface part of U.S. space policy. That will override the Obama Administration’s policy to eschew a return to the lunar surface in favor of focusing on sending humans to Mars with an encounter with an asteroid as an interim goal.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy December 11-15, 2017 – UPDATE 2

What’s Happening in Space Policy December 11-15, 2017 – UPDATE 2

Here is our list of space policy events for the week of December 11-15, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate will be in session.  [UPDATED to confirm White House event Monday, December 11, at 3:00 pm ET, and add YouTube link]

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