NRC to host "NASA Earth System Science at 20" Symposium, June 22-24, Washington DC

NRC to host "NASA Earth System Science at 20" Symposium, June 22-24, Washington DC

Three National Research Council Boards (the Ocean Studies Board, the Space Studies Board, and the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate) will host a three-day symposium from June 22-24 celebrating 20 years of Earth System Science at NASA. It will be held at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2100 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. …

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NASA Announces Members of the Augustine Panel

NASA Announces Members of the Augustine Panel

NASA has formally announced the members of the Augustine panel on options for NASA’s human space flight program. The list includes all of those identified by the Orlando Sentinel’s Write Stuff blog over the weekend, plus one more — Charlie Kennel, chair of the NRC’s Space Studies Board and a distinguished scientist whose career spans …

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Another Augustine Panel Member?

Another Augustine Panel Member?

The Write Stuff blog is reporting that former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao may be another member of the Augustine panel. Still no official word on the panel’s makeup. (See our previous story about rumors re other members of the panel.) If true that would put two former astronauts (Chiao and Sally Ride) on the panel. …

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Augustine Panel Members?

Augustine Panel Members?

The Orlando Sentinel’s Write Stuff blog has published the names of what it says are seven members of the Augustine panel. Neither NASA nor the White House has yet made an official announcement of the members other than Mr. Augustine himself. The Write Stuff list includes former NASA astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman …

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New SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Summaries Now Available

New SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Summaries Now Available

Summaries of five congressional hearings held during the week of May 18, 2009 are now available at SpacePolicyOnline.com. NASA’s FY2010 Budget Request House Science and Technology Committee, May 19 Senate Appropriations CJS Subcommittee, May 21 Senate Commerce Committee, Science and Space Subcommittee, May 21 National Security Space FY2010 Budget Request Senate Armed Services Committee, Strategic …

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Six Person ISS Crew a Reality at Last

Six Person ISS Crew a Reality at Last

The Soyuz TMA-15 mission successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) today, bringing three new international crew members who will reside aboard the station for 6 months. They join the three-person international crew already aboard the station, who will remain for another 4 months. For the first time, the ISS has a permanent crew …

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Augustine Panel Members to be Announced Soon

Augustine Panel Members to be Announced Soon

Aerospace Daily reports that the members of the Augustine panel to assess options for NASA’s human space flight program will be named imminently. According to the report, Mr. Augustine wants members who are open-minded. While the charter to the group from the White House Office of Science and Technology is fairly clear, not all members …

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Events of Interest Next Week (June 1-5)

Events of Interest Next Week (June 1-5)

Next week (June 1-5, 2009) no space-related congressional hearings have been publicly announced as of yet. The Write Stuff blog reports that Senator Nelson is trying to expedite the nomination process for Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver, however, so a nomination hearing could be scheduled at any time after the nomination is formally submitted to …

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New NRO Director to be Named

New NRO Director to be Named

DODBuzz.com reports that General Bruce Carlson (Air Force, retired) is likely to be named as the new director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which builds and operates the nation’s spy satellites. He would replace Scott Large, who resigned in January. Carlson is the former commander of Air Force Materiel Command.

Soyuz Launch Ushers in New Era for International Space Station

Soyuz Launch Ushers in New Era for International Space Station

The long-awaited expansion of the permanent crew size of the International Space Station (ISS) to six is about to become a reality. The result should be a substantial increase in the amount of scientific research that can be conducted aboard the orbiting complex. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft was launched this morning from the Baikonur launch …

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