New Focus on NASA's Technology Development Programs

New Focus on NASA's Technology Development Programs

Renewed interest in NASA’s technology development activities has been spurred by several recent studies calling attention to the faltering status of basic technology development at the agency. The topic was the focus of today’s meeting of the National Research Council’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) and next week the House Science and Technology Committee …

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Russia Confident of ISS Extension Beyond 2015

Russia Confident of ISS Extension Beyond 2015

Amidst celebration of the successful landing of Soyuz TMA-14 yesterday, Alexei Krasnov, head of spaceflight operations at the Russian space agency Roscosmos, expressed confidence that the International Space Station (ISS) will be extended beyond 2015 during a news conference, Reuters reports. Referring to an expected meeting of ISS partners to be held in Japan in …

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Astrophysicists Told To Expect Very Modest Funding for New Missions

Astrophysicists Told To Expect Very Modest Funding for New Missions

Jon Morse, Director of NASA’s Astrophysics Division, told the National Research Council’s Astro2010 Decadal Survey Committee last week that it should plan on having only about $2.3 billion available to spend on new astrophysics missions at NASA. Astro2010 is tasked with recommending priorities for new NASA astrophysics missions, associated research and analysis, and related activities …

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Soyuz and Its Multinational Crew Land In Kazakhstan

Soyuz and Its Multinational Crew Land In Kazakhstan

A Russian cosmonaut, an American astronaut and a Canadian spaceflight participant landed safely in Kazakhstan at 12:32 am EDT this morning aboard Soyuz TMA-14. Their return from the International Space Station (ISS) ended a 199-day tour of duty for Gennady Padalka and Michael Barrett, and 9 days for Guy Laliberte, CEO of Cirque du Soleil, …

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Space Security 2009 Now Available

Space Security 2009 Now Available

Project Ploughshares and the Secure World Foundation have released the 2009 edition of the Space Security Index. “Among a roster of findings, Space Security 2009 finds that the number of actors with access to space, including dual_use applications __ those with potential civilian and military uses __ has continued to grow in the past year. …

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Frank De Winne Poised to Become First European ISS Commander; Soyuz To Undock Today

Frank De Winne Poised to Become First European ISS Commander; Soyuz To Undock Today

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Frank De Winne of Belgium will become the first non-U.S., non-Russian commander of the International Space Station (ISS) today, October 10, 2009. A change of command ceremony was held yesterday where Expedition 20 commander Gennady Padalka handed command over to De Winne to lead Expedition 21, but according to NASA …

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Events of Interest (Updated): Week of Oct. 12-16, 2009

Events of Interest (Updated): Week of Oct. 12-16, 2009

The following events may be of interest next week. More information is available by using our calendar on the right menu, or using the links provided below. Note that congressional schedules are always subject to change. (Note change in venue for NRC Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space meeting on Wed-Fri.) Conference …

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House Approves DOD Authorization Conference Report

House Approves DOD Authorization Conference Report

The House approved the conference report on the Department of Defense authorization bill (H.R. 2647) despite objections from Republicans. The controversy was not related to DOD space programs, but to language that was added expanding the federal definition of “hate crimes,” according to Congress Daily (subscription required). The vote was 281-146. The Senate now must …

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Iran Plans to Launch "Bio-Capsule" Within Two Years; Person by 2021

Iran Plans to Launch "Bio-Capsule" Within Two Years; Person by 2021

The head of Iran’s Aerospace Center says that Iran plans to launch a bio-capsule carrying “a living creature” within the next two years, according to Iran’s Fars news agency. Mohsen Bahrami reportedly made the announcement on October 6 as part of a ceremony celebrating Space Week. Iran conducted its first successul space launch in February …

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LCROSS Impacts the Moon

LCROSS Impacts the Moon

NASA’s Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) and its Centaur upper stage impacted the Moon this morning four minutes apart at about 7:30 am EDT. Centaur impacted first in the shadowed portion of the Cabeus crater at the Moon’s South Pole, spewing dust up from the surface. LCROSS flew through the dust taking measurements …

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