House Hearing on Enhancing the Relevance of Space is at 2:00 Tomorrow, July 16

House Hearing on Enhancing the Relevance of Space is at 2:00 Tomorrow, July 16

The House Science and Technology Committee hearing on Enhancing the Relevance of Space To Address National Needs is at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon, July 16, in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. At one time this had been scheduled for 10:00 am but the correct time is 2:00 pm. Gen. Lester Lyles will testify about the recently …

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Shuttle Still a Go For Launch Tonight at 6:03 pm EDT

Shuttle Still a Go For Launch Tonight at 6:03 pm EDT

The space shuttle Endeavour is still on track for launch at 6:03 pm EDT tonight, July 15, 2009. Hopefully luck will be on NASA’s side this time, the sixth attempt to launch this STS-127 mission. NASA Mission Control says it is “optimistic” about the weather today. Follow the mission on NASA TV or on Spaceflightnow.com …

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The Shuttle is Off!

The Shuttle is Off!

NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour lifted off on its STS-127 mission on time at 6:03 pm EDT today, July 15, 2009. Update: The shuttle is now in orbit. Update 2: Spaceflightnow.com is reporting that there were debris events during liftoff that may have damaged as many as nine tiles. Update 3: The pre-scheduled post-flight press conference …

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Malaysian Satellite

SpaceX Successfully Launches Malaysian Satellite

SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 1 launch vehicle from Kwajelein Atoll in the Pacific on July 13, 2009, placing Malaysia’s RazakSAT remote sensing satellite into low Earth orbit. Malaysia’s Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ongkili, said that this is the first remote sensing satellite in Near Equatorial Orbit (NEqO) as opposed to polar …

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Augustine Panel Formally Announces Three Straight Days of Public Meetings at End of July

Augustine Panel Formally Announces Three Straight Days of Public Meetings at End of July

In the tradition of “If It’s Tuesday This Must be Belgium,” the Augustine panel on the future of the human space flight program will hold three straight days of public meetings in three different States at the end of July. On July 28, the panel will meet in League City, TX outside Houston; on July …

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Malaysian Satellite

SpaceX Successfully Launches Malaysian Satellite

SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 1 launch vehicle from Kwajelein Atoll in the Pacific on July 13, 2009, placing Malaysia’s RazakSAT remote sensing satellite into low Earth orbit. Malaysia’s Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ongkili, said that this is the first remote sensing satellite in Near Equatorial Orbit (NEqO) as opposed to polar …

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Augustine Panel Update: Friday, July 17, 10:00 am

Augustine Panel Update: Friday, July 17, 10:00 am

Norm Augustine will hold a media teleconference to provide an update on his panel’s deliberations on the future of the human spaceflight program on Friday, July 17, at 10:00 am EDT. The telecon will be streamed live on NASA’s website http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio. For more information, see NASA’s press release.

Senate Begins Debate on DOD Authorization Bill; Obama Threatens Veto if Extra F-22s Are Included

Senate Begins Debate on DOD Authorization Bill; Obama Threatens Veto if Extra F-22s Are Included

The Senate began debate on the FY2010 authorization bill for the Department of Defense (S. 1390) today, while President Obama threatened to veto the bill if the Senate retained the seven extra F-22s that were included by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). SASC Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) and Ranking Member John McCain (R-AZ) both …

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Space Shuttle Launch Delayed Again

Space Shuttle Launch Delayed Again

The launch of the space shuttle on the STS-127 mission has again been delayed due to weather. Here’s the latest from NASA: STS-127 Launch Scrubbed Due to WeatherMon, 13 Jul 2009 06:39:55 PM EDT Liftoff of space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-127 mission has been scrubbed once more due to weather within the launch area …

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Washington Post's Joel Achenbach on the Future of the ISS

Washington Post's Joel Achenbach on the Future of the ISS

Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post has published an article in this morning’s paper about the future of the International Space Station.