Rep. Jim Langevin is New Chairman of HASC Strategic Forces Subcommittee

Rep. Jim Langevin is New Chairman of HASC Strategic Forces Subcommittee

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) announced today that Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) is the new chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. He replaces Ellen Tauscher who recently resigned from Congress to be Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

SpacePolicyOnline.com Meeting Summary of Planetary Science Decadal Survey Meeting Now Available

SpacePolicyOnline.com Meeting Summary of Planetary Science Decadal Survey Meeting Now Available

A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the open sessions of the first meeting of the steering committee of the NRC’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey is now available. The Powerpoint presentations made by the various speakers are included. View the Meeting Summary here.

Johannes Loschnigg Joins OSTP

Johannes Loschnigg Joins OSTP

Dr. Johannes Loschnigg, formerly on the staff of the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, has joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) staff. Dr. Loschnigg will be working in the energy and environment division, focusing on climate policy, energy and space issues. Dr. Loschnigg has previously been a …

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Bolden and Garver Sail Through Confirmation Hearing

Bolden and Garver Sail Through Confirmation Hearing

Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver sailed through their confirmation hearing this afternoon. The hearing was somewhat delayed by Senate business and a committee markup, but when the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee was finally able to turn its attention to nominations, Gen. Bolden and Ms. Garver were first up. Other time pressures shortened the …

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White House and Congressional Staff Brief NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey Committee

White House and Congressional Staff Brief NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey Committee

During the second day of the NRC’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey steering committee meeting, White House and Congressional staff gave the committee somewhat conflicting messages. The committee is kicking off its two-year consensus-making exercise to recommend priorities for research in planetary science at NASA and NSF for the decade 2013-2023. While Day 1 of the …

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"Apollo: History and Legacy" Roundtable at NASA HQ on June 16

"Apollo: History and Legacy" Roundtable at NASA HQ on June 16

NASA will host a roundtable discussion on “Apollo: History and Legacy” at 1:00 pm on July 16 in the auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, S.W., Washington. D.C. The roundtable is open to the media and the public. If you can’t make it there in person, it will be broadcast live on NASA TV …

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NRC Kicks Off Planetary Sciences Decadal

NRC Kicks Off Planetary Sciences Decadal

NASA and NSF officials told the steering committee for the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) new decadal survey on planetary sciences about their expectations for the study during the committee’s kickoff meeting on July 6. The committee is chaired by Steve Squyres, perhaps best known as the “father” of the two rovers now on the surface …

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NRC Releases Report on America's Future in Space

NRC Releases Report on America's Future in Space

The U.S. civil space program should serve key national objectives and be guided by six strategic goals, according to a new report from the National Research Council (NRC). Those goals are: To re-establish leadership for the protection of Earth and its inhabitants through the use of space research and technology; To sustain U.S. leadership in …

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Events of Interest Week of July 6, 2009

Events of Interest Week of July 6, 2009

The following events next week may be of interest. Note: Dates and times for congressional hearings are subject to change. Check with the relevant committee for the most up-to-date information. July 6-8 Space Studies Board, Planetary Science Decadal Kickoff Meeting Room 100, Keck Center, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. See the agenda for information …

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Russia's Plans for a Successor to the International Space Station

Russia's Plans for a Successor to the International Space Station

Anatoly Zak has posted an interesting article on his website, RussianSpaceWeb.com, explaining Russia’s plans for a successor to the International Space Station — OPSEK, an “orbital assembly workshop.” Russian space agency head Gen. Anatoly Perminov discussed this concept in his conversation with the Augustine panel on June 17.