UPDATE: Events of Interest: Week of February 1-5, 2010

UPDATE: Events of Interest: Week of February 1-5, 2010

UPDATE: This article is updated to reflect NASA’s changes in its budget roll-out. The 3:00 press briefing on Monday has been canceled; a 12:30 teleconference with the media has been substituted. The briefing at the Press Club on Tuesday at 10:00 will include Presidential Science Adviser Holdren. The following events may be of interest in …

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Bolden Signals Big Changes Ahead

Bolden Signals Big Changes Ahead

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden visited Israel this week and spoke at the Ilan Ramon International Space Conference, named in honor of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon who perished in the 2003 space shuttle Columbia tragedy. Israel’s Arutz Sheva news service posted a video of remarks Gen. Bolden apparently made in response to a question about whether …

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Export Control Reform Inches Forward

Export Control Reform Inches Forward

Export control reform moved another step forward yesterday. Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Undersecretary of State (and former Congresswoman) Ellen Tauscher, and National Security Adviser Jim Jones met with members of the House and Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees to brief them on the President’s “ambitious plans to …

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Remembering the Challenger Crew

Remembering the Challenger Crew

On this day in 1986, seven brave astronauts — five NASA astronauts, a payload specialist from the private sector, and a school teacher — lost their lives in the space shuttle Challenger tragedy (STS 51-L). NASA Commander Dick Scobee NASA Pilot Mike Smith NASA Mission Specialist Judy Resnik NASA Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka NASA Mission …

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STEM Education to be Focus of Three House Hearings Next Week

STEM Education to be Focus of Three House Hearings Next Week

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education will be the subject of three House hearings next week: a two-parter by a House Appropriations subcommittee and one by a House Science and Technology subcommittee. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science will hold a two-part hearing on February 3 and 4. Part 1: February 3, 10:00 am, …

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YOU Can Have a Say in NASA's Future Yourself

YOU Can Have a Say in NASA's Future Yourself

Not that we aren’t just as curious as everyone else, but SpacePolicyOnline.com is exhausted by all the media stories speculating on NASA’s FY2011 budget. We will actually know what is in NASA’s budget on Monday. That is soon enough. We will be delighted to report any publicly-releasable news that comes out between now and Monday, …

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NASA Gives "Go" for Shuttle Launch; Defense of Constellation as Shuttle's Successor Begins in Earnest

NASA Gives "Go" for Shuttle Launch; Defense of Constellation as Shuttle's Successor Begins in Earnest

NASA has given the go-ahead for the next launch of the space shuttle while a key Congressman issued a strong defense of the Constellation program as the successor to the space shuttle, which is rapidly approaching retirement. STS-130 (Endeavour) is scheduled for launch at 4:39 a.m. EST on February 7, 2010. It will be the …

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No More Roving, Spirit Gets New Job as Stationary Science Platform

No More Roving, Spirit Gets New Job as Stationary Science Platform

In a media teleconference held today, NASA announced that after several failed attempts to extricate the Mars rover Spirit from its Martian “sand trap,” the rover will become a stationary platform for further science exploration. The Mars rover team is now preparing to reposition Spirit to give it the best chance to survive the upcoming …

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Remembering the Apollo 204 Crew

Remembering the Apollo 204 Crew

On this day in 1967, three brave astronauts lost their lives in the Apollo 204 tragedy. Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chafee were killed when a fire erupted in their Apollo capsule during a pre-launch test of what was to have been the first Apollo launch. Hence this is sometimes referred to as Apollo …

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Rep. Posey Continues Fight for Shuttle Extension

Rep. Posey Continues Fight for Shuttle Extension

While his colleague Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) is aiming to keep the Constellation program on track, Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) is continuing his fight to keep the space shuttle operating beyond its current planned retirement this year. He wants to close the multiyear “gap” between the end of the shuttle and the availability of Constellation …

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