House Appropriators Complete Markup of FY2010 DOD Appropriations Bill

House Appropriators Complete Markup of FY2010 DOD Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Committee completed markup of the FY2010 Department of Defense appropriations bill today, July 22, 2009. The Defense Subcommittee had approved an additional $369 million for advanced procurement for 12 more F-22 fighters than the President requested, and it is included in the version approved by the full committee. Subcommittee chairman John Murtha …

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President Obama Tells Charlie Bolden to "Incite Inspiration"

President Obama Tells Charlie Bolden to "Incite Inspiration"

CBS News interviewed NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver today (July 21, 2009). Gen. Bolden told CBS’ Bill Harwood that the message to him from President Obama was very brief and explicit — “incite inspiration in young people and the country again.” Gen. Bolden acknowleded that he and Ms. Garver need to …

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Senate Intelligence Committee Picks Small Sats

Senate Intelligence Committee Picks Small Sats

According to Congress Daily (subscription required), the Senate Intelligence Committee opted in favor of “smaller, cheaper spy satellites” instead of larger, more capable satellites favored by the Obama Administration during its markup of the FY2010 Intelligence Authorization bill last week. In a joint statement on July 17, committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and ranking member …

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Senate Votes to Remove Extra F-22 Funds From DOD Authorization Bill (S. 1390)

Senate Votes to Remove Extra F-22 Funds From DOD Authorization Bill (S. 1390)

The Senate voted today to remove funding for seven additional F-22’s that was added during Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) markup of the FY2010 DOD authorization bill (S. 1390). The vote was 58-40. Though not a space-related action, it does remove a logjam in Senate debate on the bill. The chairman and ranking member of …

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Videos from Endeavour's SRBs Now on YouTube

Videos from Endeavour's SRBs Now on YouTube

The video from the cameras on Endeavour’s Solid Rocket Boosters is now available on NASA’s YouTube site.

Augustine Panel Wants Your Comments

Augustine Panel Wants Your Comments

The Augustine panel that is developing options for the future of the human spaceflight program is seeking comments on scenarios identified by its Exploration Beyond LEO subcommittee. Go to the panel’s website to see what options the subcommittee is considering and send in your comments. The subcommittee plans to complete its first round of analysis …

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A Day Without Space: Part 3

A Day Without Space: Part 3

The Marshall Institute and the Space Enterprise Council/TechAmerica will hold a third seminar in their series “A Day Without Space” on July 28 from 8:30-12:00 at TechAmerica, 601 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., North Building, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. RSVP required. See the agenda for further details and RSVP information. The Marshall Institute website has transcripts of …

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Apollo 11 Crew at the National Air and Space Museum

Apollo 11 Crew at the National Air and Space Museum

For anyone who missed the BIG EVENT at the National Air and Space Museum last night featuring the Apollo 11 crew — Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins — you can view the webcast here. The astronauts’ talks really are worth a listen. For those who don’t have time to watch the entire hour …

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President Obama Greets Apollo 11 Astronauts; White House Press Secretary Answers Questions

President Obama Greets Apollo 11 Astronauts; White House Press Secretary Answers Questions

President Obama met with the Apollo 11 astronauts, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver this afternoon. According to CNN, he hailed the Apollo 11 crew as “three American heroes” and with regard to the future: “We expect that there is, as we speak, another generation of kids out there who are looking …

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Are We In A Multiverse?

Are We In A Multiverse?

Marcia Bartusiak has written a very entertaining and thought provoking op-ed for today’s Washington Post (July 19, 2009). She reminds us not just how big the universe is — and what a tiny part of it we are in — but that it may not be a UNiverse at all. Maybe we are in a …

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