Space Policy Events for the Week of January 13-18, 2014

Space Policy Events for the Week of January 13-18, 2014

The following events may be of interest in the week ahead.  The House and Senate both are in session.

During the Week

If all goes according to plan, this week Congress will pass an Omnibus Appropriations bill incorporating all 12 regular appropriations bills that will fund the government for the rest of FY2014.  The Omnibus may be introduced as early as this evening (Sunday) or perhaps not until tomorrow, but assuming that goes well, the House would vote on it on Wednesday and the Senate on Saturday (the schedule is set by certain procedural steps that must take place).

The existing Continuing Resolution (CR) that is funding the government expires on Wednesday, January 15, so Congress is expected to pass a three-day CR to extend that to midnight Saturday.  The House and Senate are scheduled to be in recess next week for the Martin Luther King holiday, giving added impetus to get this done before the recess. 

Meanwhile, the American institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is holding its annual Aerospace Sciences meeting at National Harbor, MD, just outside Washington., DC.  AIAA has adopted a new model for the many conferences it holds each year, bundling them into a fewer number of co-located events.  The collection of AIAA meetings taking place at National Harbor this week is call the Science and Technology Forum & Exposition or SciTech2014.

NASA will hold a number of advisory committee meetings, as well as continuing the celebration of 10 years of Mars rovers (Spirit and Opportunity landed 10 years ago, and, of course, Curiosity landed in 2012).  This week, two events are scheduled for Pasadena, CA, home to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) that manages those programs.  The event on January 16 will be streamed on Ustream.  (A video of the first event, at the National Air and Space Museum, is on YouTube.)

Here is the list of what we know about as of Sunday, January 12.

Monday-Friday, January 13-17

Monday-Tuesday, January 13-14

Tuesday, January 14

Thursday, January 16

Friday, January 17

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