NRC Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space: Presentations from Joint Panel Meeting Aug. 19-20, 2009

NRC Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space: Presentations from Joint Panel Meeting Aug. 19-20, 2009

The NRC Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space held a joint meeting of six of its seven panels in August 2009. Two of the days, August 19-20, had open sessions where NASA officials gave various presentations about past and present funding for research aboard the International Space Station (ISS), facilities currently aboard …

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State Department Distinguishes South Korean Space Launch Program from North Korea's

State Department Distinguishes South Korean Space Launch Program from North Korea's

South Korea aborted its first satellite launch eight minutes before its planned lift off yesterday. According to South Korea’s news agency, Yonhap, the problem was a “software sensor connected to the automatic launch sequence that checks high-pressure tanks.” Yonhap also reported that the launch may be rescheduled “before August 26.” It would have been the …

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NRC Decadal Study Probably "Last and Best Hope" for Microgravity Community

NRC Decadal Study Probably "Last and Best Hope" for Microgravity Community

Betsy Cantwell, co-chair of the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space, called that study probably the “last and best hope” for a science and engineering community that has been battered by deep funding cuts and management shifts over the past several years. Dr. Cantwell made the comment Wednesday …

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Shuttle Formally Cleared for Launch Next Week — Almost

Shuttle Formally Cleared for Launch Next Week — Almost

As indicated yesterday, the NASA Flight Readiness Review has cleared the shuttle Discovery for launch next week in terms of satisfying concerns about foam loss, but one issue remains open before final clearance is given. According to NASA, the STS-128 launch will take place at 1:36 am EDT on August 25 once the final issue …

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White House Press Secretary Offers New Rationale for Going to the Moon

White House Press Secretary Offers New Rationale for Going to the Moon

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs may have had the Augustine committee on his mind — or not — when he made this remark today about health care reform, as reported by the Associated Press: “We will get in a rocket and fly around the moon if that is what it takes to get everybody …

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Augustine Committee Status Check

Augustine Committee Status Check

The clock is ticking down to the last days for the Augustine committee, which is tasked to develop options for the future of the human space flight program. Based on public reports, here is where things stand as of August 18, 2009. According to press reports, White House and NASA officials were briefed on the …

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Shuttle Apparently Cleared for Next Week's Launch with One-Day Delay

Shuttle Apparently Cleared for Next Week's Launch with One-Day Delay

NASA extended its Flight Readiness Review (FRR) for Space Shuttle Discovery’s STS-128 mission for an extra day. A news conference expected to occur this afternoon will not take place until the FRR is finished tomorrow (Wednesday). NASA tweets on Twitter stated that the FRR will resume at 7:30 am EDT tomorrow, but that issues concerning …

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Augustine Tells the Newshour that NASA Needs $4 Billion per Year More

Augustine Tells the Newshour that NASA Needs $4 Billion per Year More

Judy Woodruff of PBS’s Newshour interviewed Norm Augustine on Friday, August 14 about the status of his review of NASA’s human space flight program. She opened her report by noting that the committee had reported to the White House and NASA earlier in the day. The following are particularly interesting excerpts, including his assessment that …

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Last Delta II Launch of GPS Satellite Successful

Last Delta II Launch of GPS Satellite Successful

The final launch of a Delta II launch vehicle carrying a Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite was successfully carried out today. Several more flights of the Delta II are scheduled through 2011 by United Launch Alliance, but this is the last to carry a GPS satellite. Newer GPS satellites need larger boosters in the Delta …

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NRC Decadal Surveys Busy During August

NRC Decadal Surveys Busy During August

Most of Washington may be on vacation this month, but two of the National Research Council (NRC) decadal survey committees are busily working away. Six of the seven panels of the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space will meet jointly this week (Aug. 19-21), and three of the five panels of the …

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