Women in Aerospace to Honor Award Winners Oct. 27

Women in Aerospace to Honor Award Winners Oct. 27

Women in Aerospace (WIA) will honor its 2009 award winners at a banquet at the National Press Club on October 27, 2009. Details are on WIA’s website. The seven outstanding women who are being recognized for their contributions to the aerospace profession are listed below. Congratulations to all! Linda Billings (George Washington University), Lifetime Achievement …

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Appropriations Update: September 24

Appropriations Update: September 24

The Senate completed action on the Interior-Environment bill today and turned its attention to the DOD appropriations bill (H.R. 3326). No votes are scheduled tomorrow (Friday) and Monday is Yom Kippur and the Senate will not be in session. Meanwhile, House and Senate conferees on the FY2010 Legislative Branch appropriations bill (H.R. 2918) agreed to …

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GAO Says Constellation Program Needs a Sound Business Case

GAO Says Constellation Program Needs a Sound Business Case

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report today concluding that the cost and schedule for NASA’s Constellation program will remain uncertain “until a sound business case is established.” It reported that NASA’s cost estimate for Ares 1 and Orion is “up to $49 billion of the over $97 billion” to be spent on Constellation …

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NASA Spacecraft Finds More Ice on Mars

NASA Spacecraft Finds More Ice on Mars

Images taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) of new impact sites on Mars reveal frozen water just under the surface, NASA reports. Team members from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages the mission, held a media teleconference on Thursday discussing the findings. Although water-ice has been detected on Mars previously, most recently by the …

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NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to Primitive Bodies Panel September 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to Primitive Bodies Panel September 2009

The following presentations were made to the first meeting of the Primitive Bodies panel of the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The meeting was held on September 9-11, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Titles of the presentations are from the agenda for the meeting. Adobe 8.0 or higher is needed to open most …

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Scientists Claim Widespread Water on the Moon

Scientists Claim Widespread Water on the Moon

A NASA briefing is scheduled today at 2:00 EDT to discuss recent scientific findings from lunar probes, but the news already has made headlines in many media sources: not only is there water on the Moon, but it is pervasive. Planetary scientists apparently are as surprised as anyone. Some had theorized that water could have …

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Appropriations Update: September 23

Appropriations Update: September 23

Congressional action is focused on health care and appropriations bills this week, with no hearings announced thus far of significance to the space program. On the appropriations front, the Senate is hoping to bring up the DOD appropriations bill (H.R. 3326) as early as today (Wednesday) once it completes action on the Interior-Environment appropriations bill. …

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New Scientific Findings about the Moon and Mars to be Featured Tomorrow at NASA

New Scientific Findings about the Moon and Mars to be Featured Tomorrow at NASA

NASA will hold a pair of science briefings tomorrow (Thursday) to debut new findings about the Moon and Mars. 2:00 pm EDT, NASA Headquarters. Briefing on findings from international and national lunar probes, especially the Moon Mineralogy Mapper, a NASA instrument on India’s Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter. This event will be shown on NASA Television. 3:00 …

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Russian-Chinese Mars Probe to be Delayed to 2011

Russian-Chinese Mars Probe to be Delayed to 2011

Today Russia will formally announce that it is postponing its Phobos-Grunt sample return mission to Mars until 2011 according to Anatoly Zak of RussianSpaceWeb.com. Mr. Zak had previously reported that the announcement was imminent. The mission also includes a Chinese satellite, Yinghuo-1, a Mars orbiter. The Russian spacecraft is designed to return soil (“grunt”) from …

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NASA's Lunar Missions Explore the Moon's South Pole

NASA's Lunar Missions Explore the Moon's South Pole

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter(LRO) and Lunar Crater Observing and Sensing Satellite(LCROSS) are ready to reveal the secrets of the Moon’s south pole. LRO and LCROSS were launched to the Moon together on June 18, 2009. They are the first steps in the Vision for Space Exploration announced by President George W. Bush. NASA reportsthat LRO …

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