NASA's LCROSS Lunar Mission Suffers Anomaly

NASA's LCROSS Lunar Mission Suffers Anomaly

NASA’s lunar impact mission, LCROSS, suffered an anomaly over the weekend that could threaten its mission, according to media sources. The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) was launched together with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on June 18 (see our previous story). LCROSS remains attached to the Centaur upper stage. The mission plan calls …

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Shuttle Discovery Launch Postponed Again

Shuttle Discovery Launch Postponed Again

NASA has again postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery on its STS-128 mission. The launch had been rescheduled to 01:10 EDT Wednesday, Aug. 26, after a weather-related scrub earlier today (Tuesday). At a news briefing at 10:00 pm EDT today, NASA officials explained that a failure of a liquid hydrogen inboard fill and drain …

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South Korean Satellite Did Not Enter Orbit

South Korean Satellite Did Not Enter Orbit

South Korean officials have revealed that the satellite launched yesterday on the country’s first space launch did not enter orbit. Yonhap News Service quoted Kim Jung-hyun, Vice Science and Technology Minister, as saying that one of two fairings covering the STSAT-2 satellite did not detach properly. The second stage of the KSLV-1 launch vehicle could …

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New York Times Weighs In on Potential Augustine Committee Impact

New York Times Weighs In on Potential Augustine Committee Impact

The New York Times has a story today about the possible results of the Augustine committee report, which it says will not be released until mid-September. Among others quoted in the story are Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ): “‘Unless the president is willing to step up and take a bold step …

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Shuttle Launch Delayed 24 Hours

Shuttle Launch Delayed 24 Hours

Thunderstorms delayed the launch of space shuttle Discovery on its STS-128 mission. A new attempt is currently scheduled for Wednesday at 01:10 EDT. Meanwhile, the taped video message from Stephen Colbert can be watched here.

South Korea's Launch Not Fully Successful

South Korea's Launch Not Fully Successful

South Korea launched its KSLV-1 launch vehicle from the Naro Space Center at 5:00 pm August 25 local time, but the satellite did not reach the intended orbit according to the Yonhap News Service. Yonhap reported that: “The Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) that blasted off from the Naro Space Center at 5 p.m. delivered …

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NASA Budget Outlook Still Uncertain

NASA Budget Outlook Still Uncertain

As everyone anticipates the final report of the Augustine committee, NASA’s FY2010 budget awaits action in Congress and the FY2011 budget request is being formulated. Although Congress Daily reported earlier this month that the appropriations bill that includes NASA (Commerce, Justice, Science) could be among the first action items for the Senate when it returns …

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Shuttle Discovery On Track for STS-128 Launch After Midnight

Shuttle Discovery On Track for STS-128 Launch After Midnight

NASA is loading fuel into the space shuttle Discovery’s tanks for a scheduled liftoff of STS-128 in the wee hours of tomorrow morning — 1:36 EDT. The weather forecast is 80% favorable for launch. At approximately 7:15 pm EDT tonight (Monday) after fueling is completed, NASA plans to air a special message from comedian Stephen …

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Eilene M. Galloway

Eilene M. Galloway

Dr. Eilene M. Galloway was a legend in the fields of space policy and space law, having been instrumental in the formation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). From 1941-1975, she worked for the U.S. Congress as a staff member of the Legislative Reference Service (later the Congressional Research Service) and was called …

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South Korea Reschedules Launch For August 25

South Korea Reschedules Launch For August 25

South Korea has rescheduled the launch of KSLV-1 for August 25, according to the Yonhap News Agency. See our previous article for more information about the KSLV’s aborted launch last week and the policy aspects associated with it.