NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to Primitive Bodies Panel September 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Presentations to Primitive Bodies Panel September 2009

The following presentations were made to the first meeting of the Primitive Bodies panel of the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The meeting was held on September 9-11, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Titles of the presentations are from the agenda for the meeting. Adobe 8.0 or higher is needed to open most …

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Scientists Claim Widespread Water on the Moon

Scientists Claim Widespread Water on the Moon

A NASA briefing is scheduled today at 2:00 EDT to discuss recent scientific findings from lunar probes, but the news already has made headlines in many media sources: not only is there water on the Moon, but it is pervasive. Planetary scientists apparently are as surprised as anyone. Some had theorized that water could have …

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Appropriations Update: September 23

Appropriations Update: September 23

Congressional action is focused on health care and appropriations bills this week, with no hearings announced thus far of significance to the space program. On the appropriations front, the Senate is hoping to bring up the DOD appropriations bill (H.R. 3326) as early as today (Wednesday) once it completes action on the Interior-Environment appropriations bill. …

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New Scientific Findings about the Moon and Mars to be Featured Tomorrow at NASA

New Scientific Findings about the Moon and Mars to be Featured Tomorrow at NASA

NASA will hold a pair of science briefings tomorrow (Thursday) to debut new findings about the Moon and Mars. 2:00 pm EDT, NASA Headquarters. Briefing on findings from international and national lunar probes, especially the Moon Mineralogy Mapper, a NASA instrument on India’s Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter. This event will be shown on NASA Television. 3:00 …

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Russian-Chinese Mars Probe to be Delayed to 2011

Russian-Chinese Mars Probe to be Delayed to 2011

Today Russia will formally announce that it is postponing its Phobos-Grunt sample return mission to Mars until 2011 according to Anatoly Zak of RussianSpaceWeb.com. Mr. Zak had previously reported that the announcement was imminent. The mission also includes a Chinese satellite, Yinghuo-1, a Mars orbiter. The Russian spacecraft is designed to return soil (“grunt”) from …

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NASA's Lunar Missions Explore the Moon's South Pole

NASA's Lunar Missions Explore the Moon's South Pole

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter(LRO) and Lunar Crater Observing and Sensing Satellite(LCROSS) are ready to reveal the secrets of the Moon’s south pole. LRO and LCROSS were launched to the Moon together on June 18, 2009. They are the first steps in the Vision for Space Exploration announced by President George W. Bush. NASA reportsthat LRO …

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Beth Robinson To Be Nominated as NASA's Chief Financial Officer

Beth Robinson To Be Nominated as NASA's Chief Financial Officer

President Obama has announced his intention to nominate Elizabeth “Beth” Robinson to be NASA’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Dr. Robinson is currently Assistant Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She also has worked at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), as a professional staff member of the House Science Committee, and at the …

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PolitiFact.com Cites Three More Obama Space Promises as "In The Works"

PolitiFact.com Cites Three More Obama Space Promises as "In The Works"

With the release of the Augustine committee report, PolitiFact.com has added three more space program promises by President Obama to the category of “In the Works”: Support Human Mission to the Moon by 2020, Work with International Allies on the Space Station; and Speed Up the Development of the Next Generation Space Vehicle. PolitiFact.com is …

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Summary of Senate Hearing on the Augustine Committee Report Now Available on SpacePolicyOnline.com

Summary of Senate Hearing on the Augustine Committee Report Now Available on SpacePolicyOnline.com

A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the September 16, 2009 Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s Subcommittee on Science and Space hearing on the Augustine committee report is now available. Look on our left menu under “Our Hearing Summaries” or just click here. The Augustine committee was tasked with assessing options for the future of the human …

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NASA Signs Agreements with ESA, France

NASA Signs Agreements with ESA, France

In the past week, NASA has signed more agreements with its international partners. In addition to the framework agreement with Canada announced last week, NASA signed agreements with the European Space Agency (ESA) on September 11 and the French space agency Centre Nationale d’etudes Spatiale (CNES) on September 17. The NASA-ESA agreement provides for exchanging …

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