NRC Panel Briefed on Lunar Science Results

NRC Panel Briefed on Lunar Science Results

Results from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument on the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft and preliminary results from one-month of operations of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter were briefed to a panel of the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey on Monday. View those Powerpoint presentations and others to the Inner Planets panel, as well as presentations …

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NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Powerpoint Presentations from Inner Planets Panel, Oct. 26, 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Powerpoint Presentations from Inner Planets Panel, Oct. 26, 2009

The following presentations were made at the meeting of the Inner Planets panel of the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey on October 26, 2009 at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA. Adobe Reader 8.0 or higher is needed to read most of these files. Some of them are quite large and take a …

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NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Powerpoint Presentations from the Giant Planets Panel Oct. 26, 2009

NRC Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Powerpoint Presentations from the Giant Planets Panel Oct. 26, 2009

The following presentations were made at the meeting of the Giant Planets panel of the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey on October 26, 2009 at the Beckman Center in Irvine CA. Adobe Reader 8.0 or higher is needed to read most of these files. Some of them are quite large and take a …

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UPDATE: Ares 1-X Launch Tomorrow, Though Weather May be a Problem

UPDATE: Ares 1-X Launch Tomorrow, Though Weather May be a Problem

UPDATE: As of Monday evening, the forecast remains the same, with a 40% chance of favorable weather during the launch window that opens at 8:00 am tomorrow morning (Tuesday). The Ares 1-X two-minute suborbital test flight is on track for launch tomorrow morning (Tuesday, October 27), though weather may be a problem. As of yesterday, …

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Events of Interest: Week of October 25-30, 2009

Events of Interest: Week of October 25-30, 2009

The following events next week may be of interest. For more information, look on our calendar on the right menu or follow the links below. Note that congressional activities are always subject to change. During the week The Senate is expected to resume and complete deliberation on the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill (H.R. 2847). If a …

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Ares 1-X Cleared for Tuesday Morning Launch

Ares 1-X Cleared for Tuesday Morning Launch

Today, NASA cleared Ares 1-X for its two-minute suborbital test launch on Tuesday, October 27. The launch is scheduled for 8:00 am EDT.

"The Case for Space: Examining the Value of Space Exploration": A SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Summary

"The Case for Space: Examining the Value of Space Exploration": A SpacePolicyOnline.com Hearing Summary

A SpacePolicyOnline.com summary of the Oct. 21, 2009 Senate hearing on “The Case for Space: Examining the Value of Space Exploration” is now available. The hearing was held by the Subcommittee on Science and Space of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Look for it on our left menu under “Our Hearing Summaries” …

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DOD Authorization Bill Cleared for the White House

DOD Authorization Bill Cleared for the White House

The Senate passed the conference report on the FY2010 Department of Defense (DOD) authorization bill (H.R. 2647) today. The 68-29 vote came despite Republican objections to the inclusion of language expanding the definition of hate crimes, and a veto threat from the President. The bill authorizes $680 billion in defense spending.

Legislation Introduced to Create Commercial Space Transportaton R&D Centers of Excellence

Legislation Introduced to Create Commercial Space Transportaton R&D Centers of Excellence

Representatives Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) and Bill Posey (R-FL) introduced H.R. 3853 to establish “a competitive Commercial Space Transportaton R&D ‘Centers of Excellence’ (COE) program within NASA” according to a Kosmas press release. The bill was referred to the House Science and Technology Committee. The statement from Rep. Kosmas’ office explains that the idea is based …

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Augustine Committee Releases Final Report; Clarifies Budget Impact

Augustine Committee Releases Final Report; Clarifies Budget Impact

The final report of the Augustine committee on the future of the U.S. human space flight program was released at a press conference today. Mr. Augustine said there would be no surprises in the final report, but there is at least one clarification that was made during his remarks concerning the budget implications of the …

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