Augustine Panel Agendas for August 5 and 12 Now Available

Augustine Panel Agendas for August 5 and 12 Now Available

Agendas for the Augustine panel meetings on August 5 and August 12 in Washington, DC are now available. Among the experts who will brief the panel on August 5 are representatives of four of the five National Research Council “Decadal Surveys.” These studies are performed about every 10 years (a decade) looking out for the …

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Augustine Panel: Where the Debate Currently Stands

Augustine Panel: Where the Debate Currently Stands

The Augustine panel completed a marathon three-day set of public meetings across the South this week. The meetings in League City, Texas, Huntsville, Alabama and Cocoa Beach, Florida gave the first hints as to what panel members are thinking at this phase of the process. In addition to briefings on various aspects of the Constellation …

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Events of Interest in August

Events of Interest in August

Today begins the traditional August holidays for many in Washington. Although the Augustine panel on the future of human space flight is in full bore, and the Senate is in session for one week more, the schedule of activiities is pretty slow for the next four weeks. Following are those meetings that have been announced …

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Mike Griffin's Letter to the Augustine Panel: "Our goal should be broader than any single option."

Mike Griffin's Letter to the Augustine Panel: "Our goal should be broader than any single option."

Mike Griffin’s July 26, 2009 letter to the Augustine Panel on the future of the human space flight program is available here. One of the points he makes is the following: “In closing, when we talk about offering programmatic “options”, I think we miss a key point, because such options are always couched in terms …

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OSTP Creating NPOESS Task Force

OSTP Creating NPOESS Task Force

White House Science Adviser John Holdren told the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee yesterday that he had directed creation of a task force to monitor progress and results on issues surrounding the NPOESS program. “I have directed the formation of a Task Force within the Executive Office of the President (which will include representatives …

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Shuttle Lands Safely at Kennedy Space Center

Shuttle Lands Safely at Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Endeavour landed safely at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 10:48 EDT today.

SSB Chair Charlie Kennel Sees No Human Lunar Landing Until the 2020's or Beyond

SSB Chair Charlie Kennel Sees No Human Lunar Landing Until the 2020's or Beyond

Dr. Charles Kennel, chair of the National Research Council’s Space Studies Board (SSB), and a member of the Augustine panel that is considering options for the future of the human space flight program, has concluded that a human lunar landing is not likely to happen until “the 2020s or beyond.” Writing in the SSB’s latest …

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Augustine Panel SubGroup Asserts Rationale For Human Space Flight is Human Expansion Into Solar System

Augustine Panel SubGroup Asserts Rationale For Human Space Flight is Human Expansion Into Solar System

Speaking on behalf of the “Beyond Low Earth Orbit” subgroup, Augustine panel member Chris Chyba asserted today that the subgroup’s recommendations to the full panel include the premise that the only rationale for human space flight “that is sufficient to justify the necessary commitment beyond low Earth is to chart the path for the expansion …

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House Expected to Vote on DOD Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3326) Tomorrow

House Expected to Vote on DOD Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3326) Tomorrow

The House began debate today on the FY2010 DOD appropriations bill (H.R. 3326). As in the Senate, much of the debate is expected to focus on the F-22. President Obama and Defense Secretary Gates want to end production at 187 fighters while some Members of Congress want to order additional planes. The President has vowed …

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House Passes DOD Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3326)

House Passes DOD Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3326)

The House passed the FY2010 Department of Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 3326) today after adopting an amendment to remove language that would have required DOD to procure additional F-22s. The amendment was offered by defense appropriations subcommittee chair John Murtha (D-PA) who changed his mind about the additional planes after the Senate removed funds for …

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