Rep. Mollohan Reacts To Augustine Committee Report

Rep. Mollohan Reacts To Augustine Committee Report

Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA, told The Hill newspaper that the Augustine committee report “confirms his concerns that ‘the emperor has no clothes’” and called on NASA to better explain its human space flight plans. He added that he will work with the Obama Administration and fellow …

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Science On the International Space Station: New NASA Report Shows The Record So Far

Science On the International Space Station: New NASA Report Shows The Record So Far

NASA has published a report compiling the results of scientific experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS) during the past 8 years. Although the program has focused on assembling the ISS during this time rather than utilizing it, more than 100 scientific experiments and technology demonstrations have been conducted. The report, International Space Station …

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UPDATED: NASA Waives Off First Shuttle Landing Opportunity

UPDATED: NASA Waives Off First Shuttle Landing Opportunity

The first landing attempt for space shuttle Discovery has been waived off due to weather. A second opportunity to land at 8:40 EDT also seems iffy, but has not been ruled out. UPDATED: The second landing opportunity for today also has been waived off. There are two opportunities to land tomorrow at KSC at 5:48 …

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Augustine Report on NASA's Human Space Flight Program: House and Senate Hearings Next Week

Augustine Report on NASA's Human Space Flight Program: House and Senate Hearings Next Week

The House Science and Technology Committee, and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Science and Space, have each confirmed their hearings next week on the Augustine committee report on the future of human space flight. The House full committee hearing is on Tuesday, September 15, from 2:00-4:00 in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. …

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International Cooperation in Space Highlighted With Signing of New U.S.-Canada Framework Agreement

International Cooperation in Space Highlighted With Signing of New U.S.-Canada Framework Agreement

The United States and Canada signed a new framework agreement for space cooperation today, providing an opportunity for new NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden to stress the importance of international cooperation to NASA programs. “As NASA continues to enhance the scientific observation of our planet and the solar system, we are looking to Canada and our …

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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up FY2010 DOD Bill

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up FY2010 DOD Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee marked up the FY2010 DOD appropriations bill today. Full committee markup is scheduled for tomorrow at 2:30 (see our calendar). In total, the subcommittee recommended $636.3 billion, which is $3.9 billion less than requested. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI), who chairs both the full committee and the defense subcommittee, made …

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Augustine Committee: Current NASA Human Space Flight Program on "Unsustainable Trajectory"

Augustine Committee: Current NASA Human Space Flight Program on "Unsustainable Trajectory"

The Augustine committee released a summary of its report today outlining its views on the future of the U.S. human space flight program. The committee was created by NASA at the direction of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The report’s opening sentences set the stage for what is packed into …

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Augustine Report is Now Available

Augustine Report is Now Available

The Augustine committee report is now available on OSTP’s website.

House and Senate Back at Work

House and Senate Back at Work

The House and Senate both return to work today from the August recess. While health care reform continues to hold the spotlight, the two chambers must also work on other issues, notably the FY2010 appropriations bills. The current fiscal year (FY2009) ends at midnight on September 30. The House has passed all 12 FY2010 appropriations …

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Shuttle Discovery Astronauts Get Ready to Depart ISS; Japan Prepares to Launch First HTV

Shuttle Discovery Astronauts Get Ready to Depart ISS; Japan Prepares to Launch First HTV

The space shuttle Discovery astronauts are getting ready to depart from the International Space Station (ISS). Farewells and hatch closure are scheduled for 10:30 pm EDT. Undocking is scheduled for tomorrow, with return to Earth two days later. Discovery delivered new equipment and scientific experiments, as well as a new ISS crew member, Nicole Stott. …

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