Today’s Tidbits: December 8, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: December 8, 2017

Here are our tidbits for December 8, 2017:  SpaceX’s upgrade of SLC-40;  Apollo 1 Memorial in final NDAA; 45th anniversary of the Blue Marble photo.  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 7, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: December 7, 2017

Here are our tidbits for December 7, 2017:  government shutdown averted for now; a new space race — between Boeing and SpaceX; today’s anniversary of the last Apollo mission to the Moon.  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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Zurbuchen Will Initiate Independent Review of JWST Schedule

Zurbuchen Will Initiate Independent Review of JWST Schedule

Thomas Zurbuchen, the head of science at NASA, told a congressional committee today that he will initiate an independent review of the status of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in January.  JWST’s schedule recently slipped from October 2018 to March-June 2019.  He said he believes that schedule is achievable, but agreed with Tom Young, another witness at the hearing, that an independent review is needed.

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Today’s Tidbits: December 6, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: December 6, 2017

Here are our tidbits for December 6:  shutdown update; JAXA and ISRO plan joint robotic lunar polar mission; AIA calls for budget stability and BCA repeal. 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 5, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: December 5, 2017

Here are our tidbits for December 5, 2017:  new Aerospace Corporation/Mitchell Institute report on major space policy issues;  SpX-13 launch delayed; government funding still on the brink.  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 4, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: December 4, 2017

Here are our tidbits for December 4, 2017:  another blow for the Export-Import Bank; another nomination for Mike Griffin; U.S. Strategic Command stands up the new Joint Forces Space Component Command  (JFSCC).  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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What’s Happening in Space Policy December 4-9, 2017

What’s Happening in Space Policy December 4-9, 2017

Here is our list of space policy events for the week of December 4-9, 2017 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.

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Today’s Tidbits: December 1, 2017

Today’s Tidbits: December 1, 2017

Here are our tidbits for December 1, 2017:  Russian commission meets on Soyuz/Fregat failure; and Orbital ATK stockholders approve acquisition by Northrop Grumman.  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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Voyager 1 Gets Help from Thrusters Dormant for 37 Years

Voyager 1 Gets Help from Thrusters Dormant for 37 Years

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft continues its journey into interstellar space and just got help from on-board thrusters that have not been used for 37 years.  The four Aerojet Rocketdyne MR-103 trajectory correction maneuver (TCM) engines were last fired in 1980 when the spacecraft was passing Saturn.  On Tuesday, they were needed again and worked just fine.

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Jeffrey DeWit Nominated as NASA CFO

Jeffrey DeWit Nominated as NASA CFO

President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Jeffrey DeWit to become NASA’s next Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  He is now the State Treasurer of Arizona and in 2016 was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and CFO of Trump’s presidential campaign. [UPDATE: the nomination was formally sent to the Senate on December 1.]

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