JAXA Eager to Join with NASA in Step-by-Step Human Space Exploration

JAXA Eager to Join with NASA in Step-by-Step Human Space Exploration

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is developing plans for extending human space exploration into deep space in cooperation with NASA.   JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi shared JAXA’s current thinking at a series of appearances in Washington, D.C. last week, including the Humans to Mars (H2M) conference.  JAXA is one of the partners in the NASA-led International Space Station (ISS) and sees ISS as a testbed that will lead to the Moon and, in the longer term, Mars.

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House Committee Struggles With U.S. Future in LEO

House Committee Struggles With U.S. Future in LEO

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee tackled the issue today of the future of the United States in low Earth orbit (LEO).  Committee members and witnesses agreed that the United States needs to have a presence in LEO, but the questions are how long to maintain operations of the International Space Station (ISS) and when the commercial sector will be ready to assume the primary role of LEO operations to support human spaceflight.  No easy answers emerged.

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House Appropriations Committee Approves FY2019 Bill Funding NASA and NOAA

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY2019 Bill Funding NASA and NOAA

The House Appropriations Committee today approved its FY2019 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill, which funds NASA and NOAA, by a vote of 32-19.   Space activities at NASA and NOAA were not controversial, but Republicans and Democrats battled over other provisions in the bill, which also funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice.

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Draft Report Spells Out House Appropriators’ Plan for NASA

Draft Report Spells Out House Appropriators’ Plan for NASA

The House Appropriations Committee released its draft report to accompany the FY2019 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill today.  The CJS subcommittee marked up the bill last week. The full committee will act on it tomorrow. The outlines of the committee’s proposal were known last week, but the report provides much more detail on how it wants NASA to spend the $21.546 billion it recommends.

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Cruz, Nelson: Congress, and Only Congress, Will Decide When to End Funding for ISS

Cruz, Nelson: Congress, and Only Congress, Will Decide When to End Funding for ISS

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) made it absolutely clear at a hearing today that Congress, and only Congress, will decide when to end U.S. government support of the International Space Station (ISS). Arguing that the Trump Administration’s proposal to end government funding for ISS in FY2025 was merely a political decision by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), both insisted that ISS has a lot of life left and should not be abandoned until it is certain that a commercial alternative will be there to replace it.

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Today’s Tidbits: May 15, 2018

Today’s Tidbits: May 15, 2018

Here are SpacePolicyOnline.com’s tidbits for May 15, 2018:  FAA space office to get boost in House appropriations bill; apply by June 12 to head the FAA space office; a helicopter for Mars?  Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live tweeting of events.

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Today’s Tidbits: May 14, 2018

Today’s Tidbits: May 14, 2018

Here are SpacePolicyOnline.com’s tidbits for May 14, 2018: Johnson Space Center gets a new Director; Australia gets a new space agency and interim head.  Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live tweeting of events.

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Evidence of Europa Plume Found in Old Galileo Data

Evidence of Europa Plume Found in Old Galileo Data

A team of scientists scouring 21 year old data from NASA’s Galileo probe has found evidence further supporting the idea that Jupiter’s moon Europa ejects plumes of material into space from a liquid ocean under its icy crust.  Until now, only images from the Hubble Space Telescope have hinted at these geysers, though the mere possibility that they exist has fueled intense interest in sending probes there to investigate.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy May 13-19, 2018

What’s Happening in Space Policy May 13-19, 2018

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of May 13-19, 2018 and any insight we have about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.

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First Launch of SpaceX’s New Version of Falcon 9 Scrubbed at Last Minute – UPDATE

First Launch of SpaceX’s New Version of Falcon 9 Scrubbed at Last Minute – UPDATE

The first launch of “Block 5” of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was aborted just under 1 minute before liftoff today at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.  The Block 5 is the final version of the Falcon 9 and this inaugural launch will place Bangladesh’s first communications satellite into orbit.  SpaceX has rescheduled the launch for tomorrow afternoon. [UPDATE, May 11:  The launch was successful at 4:14 pm ET today.]

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