Senator Shelby Reportedly Wins on Use of Stimulus Money

Senator Shelby Reportedly Wins on Use of Stimulus Money

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) has won his case that NASA should use funding in the stimulus bill to support the existing Ares/Orion program instead of promoting commercial options for human spaceflight. The Ares launch vehicle and the Orion spacecraft are part of NASA’s Constellation program. At the May 21, 2009 …

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Shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis Get Good News

Shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis Get Good News

The space shuttle Endeavour’s hydrogen leak has been fixed, and the knob that was stuck in Atlantis’ cockpit window is freed. A tanking test conducted on Endeavour by NASA on July 1 revealed no leaks, and the agency has scheduled Endeavour’s STS-127 launch for July 11 at 7:39 pm EDT. Meanwhile, technicians were able to …

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Bolden/Garver Nomination Hearing Formally Scheduled for July 8

Bolden/Garver Nomination Hearing Formally Scheduled for July 8

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transporation Committee has formally scheduled the nomination hearing for Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver to take the top positions at NASA for July 8 at 2:00 pm in 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Three other nominees unrelated to NASA will be considered at the same hearing. NOTE: dates and times …

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Keep Up to Date on Legislative Action with Our Fact Sheets

Keep Up to Date on Legislative Action with Our Fact Sheets

Our three Fact Sheets that track action in Congress on major space-related legislation, including NASA’s FY2010 budget request and DOD’s request for space-related programs have been updated to reflect all the recent activity. Check the list of all our fact sheets on our left menu (“Our Fact Sheets and Reports”), or click on the titles …

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Senate Appropriators Add $75 Million for Ares V

Senate Appropriators Add $75 Million for Ares V

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s report (S. Rept. 111-34) on the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill (H.R. 2847) provides details on the committee’s actions on the FY2010 NASA budget. The top line number — $18.686 billion — is the same as the Obama Administration’s request, but there are funding changes, as well as directives about how …

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DOD Authorization Bill Passes House and Is Marked Up By SASC; Rep. Tauscher Confirmed for New Position at State

DOD Authorization Bill Passes House and Is Marked Up By SASC; Rep. Tauscher Confirmed for New Position at State

June 25 was a busy day for action on the FY2010 DOD authorization bill. The House passed its version of the $680 billion measure, H.R. 2647. The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) marked up its version, according to Congress Daily (subscription required). The same day, the Senate confirmed House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Strategic Forces …

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Events of Interest Week of June 29-July 3, 2009: Enjoy the 4th!

Events of Interest Week of June 29-July 3, 2009: Enjoy the 4th!

Congress will be in recess next week and most of the rest of Washington similarly will be catching its breath as the country celebrates Independence Day. Enjoy your July 4th holiday!

NASA Announces Events to Commemorate 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11

NASA Announces Events to Commemorate 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11

A list of events NASA is planning around the country to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon — July 20, 1969 — is available here. Not all of the events are open to the public.

SASC Adds $80 Million for NPOESS but Prohibits AF From Spending Half of Available NPOESS Funding Until New Plan is Submitted

SASC Adds $80 Million for NPOESS but Prohibits AF From Spending Half of Available NPOESS Funding Until New Plan is Submitted

In its markup of the FY2010 Department of Defense Authorization bill, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) directs that the Air Force not spend more than 50% of the funds available for NPOESS until it submits a new program management and funding plan in concert with NOAA and NASA. It also added $80 million for …

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Senate Appropriations Completes Markup of FY2010 CJS Bill

Senate Appropriations Completes Markup of FY2010 CJS Bill

The full Senate Appropriations Committee completed markup of the FY2010 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill on June 25. No changes were made from the subcommittee markup the previous day. A summary of the committee’s actions is available here. (The title of the link says FY2009, but it is the FY2010 bill.)