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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Shuttle Scheduled to Land Tomorrow, July 31

Shuttle Scheduled to Land Tomorrow, July 31

Space Shuttle Endeavour has been cleared for landing tomorrow, Friday, July 31. The two opportunities for landing at Kennedy Space Center, FL are at 10:48 am EDT and 12:22 pm EDT. Alternate sites are not being considered for Friday. Weather conditions are favorable, although there is a slight chance of rain.

Aerospace Corporation Estimates Potential Four Year Slip to Constellation IOC

Aerospace Corporation Estimates Potential Four Year Slip to Constellation IOC

The Aerospace Corporation told the Augustine panel that the initial operational capability (IOC) for the Constellation program could slip by as many as 4 years and that “Aerospace believes that NASA is not properly funded to accomplish its current program of record [the Constellation program].” The Augustine panel is holding a public meeting in Huntsville, …

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Astronaut Office Chief Says "We're Not Going Anywhere" Unless Cosmic Radiation Problem is Solved

Astronaut Office Chief Says "We're Not Going Anywhere" Unless Cosmic Radiation Problem is Solved

In answer to a question from Augustine panel member Charlie Kennel today, Steve Lindsey, chief of NASA’s astronaut office, replied that “We’re not going anywhere” beyond low Earth orbit unless solutions are found to protecting humans from exposure to cosmic radiation. The Augustine panel is holding a public meeting today in League City, TX (webcast …

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Augustine Panel Update: No Clear Consensus Yet

Augustine Panel Update: No Clear Consensus Yet

After hearing from the heads of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the astronaut office, and the Constellation program, the Augustine panel was briefed by one of its own subgroups during its public meeting today in League City, TX. The subgroup, led by former astronaut Sally Ride, was assigned to develop options for the future of the …

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