Texas Congressional Delegation Asks President for More Stimulus Money for NASA

Texas Congressional Delegation Asks President for More Stimulus Money for NASA

Most members of the Texas congressional delegation sent a letter to President Obama urging him to spend up to $3 billion more in stimulus funding on NASA for FY2010. Congress already allocated $1 billion for NASA when it passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“the stimulus bill”) earlier this year. In the letter, Senators …

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Appropriations Update: October 5

Appropriations Update: October 5

The Senate began debating the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill today (H.R. 2847). Regarding the Senate Appropriations Committee’s action on NASA’s part of the bill, the Obama Administration’s Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) cites only the reduction of $18.7 million from the request for the innovation program as a problem. Unlike the House-passed bill, the version …

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Intelligence Authorization Bill Held Up by Spy Satellite Issue

Intelligence Authorization Bill Held Up by Spy Satellite Issue

The FY2010 authorization bill for the Intelligence Community (H.R. 2701/S. 1494) remains stuck as negotiators try to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. One of the sticking points is competing proposals for the country’s spy satellites, according to Congress Daily (subscription required). The bill is under a veto threat because of language concerning …

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White House To Celebrate International Year of Astronomy on Wednesday Night, Oct. 7

White House To Celebrate International Year of Astronomy on Wednesday Night, Oct. 7

President and Mrs. Obama will host an event at the White House on Wednesday night, October 7, in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). The “White House Star Party” will begin with the President speaking at 8:00 pm EDT (to be streamed live on the White House website — whitehouse.gov). More than 20 …

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Events of Interest (Updated): Week of October 5-9, 2009

Events of Interest (Updated): Week of October 5-9, 2009

The following events in the coming week may be of interest. In addition, the Senate is expected to pass the conference report on the Energy-Water appropriations bill, pass the Department of Defense appropriations bill (action was not completed last week as earlier expected), and possibly turn to the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill (which includes NASA and …

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Augustine Committee: Public Teleconference Set for October 8

Augustine Committee: Public Teleconference Set for October 8

Despite the optimistic assessment of Augustine committee member Les Lyles at Monday’s Space Policy Institute (SPI) meeting that the committee would meet its goal of submitting a final report by the end of September, that clearly will not happen. Instead, the Augustine committee has scheduled a public teleconference for October 8, 2009. Public meetings are …

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New ISS Crew Members Settling In

New ISS Crew Members Settling In

Soyuz TMA-16 successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) early this morning and its three crew members opened the hatch to the space station at 6:57 am EDT. Two of them, Russian Maxim Suraev and American Jeffrey Williams, will become part of the Expedition 21 crew. The third is Canadian “spaceflight participant” Guy Laliberte, …

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Appropriations Update: October 1, 2009

Appropriations Update: October 1, 2009

As fiscal year 2010 begins today, Congress continues work on the appropriations bills that fund government activities. The President signed into law last night the Legislative Branch appropriations bill that includes the Continuing Resolution to keep the government operating until the end of October. It is the first of the 12 FY2010 appropriations bills to …

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Beyond the Decade: The Future of International Astronomy — Celebrating the International Year of Astronomy

Beyond the Decade: The Future of International Astronomy — Celebrating the International Year of Astronomy

The National Academies are sponsoring a day-long symposium in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy on October 9, 2009. “Beyond the Decade: The Future of International Astronomy” features a veritable who’s who of astronomers and astrophysicists from around the world, including the United States, China, Japan, India, Europe, Chile, and Australia. View the agenda …

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No Go for Plutonium-238 in DOE Appropriations Bill

No Go for Plutonium-238 in DOE Appropriations Bill

Conferees on the Department of Energy’s appropriations bill (H.R. 3183) adopted the Senate position of zero funding for restarting production of plutonium-238 for NASA’s robotic space science missions, and House language regarding what is required to possibly obtain congressional approval next year. Conferees completed work on the bill today (Wednesday) and it may go to …

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