Events of Interest Week of July 20, 2009

Events of Interest Week of July 20, 2009

The following events may be of interest next week. Dates, times and witnesses for congressional hearings and markups are subject to change; check with the relevant committee for up-to-date information. Special Event: Apollo 11 40th Anniversary July 20 is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. Congratulations once more to Neil …

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Gallup Releases New Poll About the Space Program — Public Is Favorable

Gallup Releases New Poll About the Space Program — Public Is Favorable

Gallup released a new poll today of what Americans think about the space program. Overall, they appear quite supportive, with 58% saying that the space program has brought enough benefits to justify its costs. As for NASA funding, 46% think the current level is right, and 14% would like to see it increased. Also, 45% …

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NASA Announces that Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver Are Sworn In To Lead NASA

NASA Announces that Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver Are Sworn In To Lead NASA

Via Twitter, NASA has announced that Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver have been sworn in as NASA Administrator and Deputy Administrator, respectively. Here’s the tweet, with a link to a photo. NASART @nasahqphoto Lori B. Garver and Charles F. Bolden Jr. Pose for a photo together http://flic.kr/p/6FB97D

NASA Releases New Images of Apollo Landing Sites from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA Releases New Images of Apollo Landing Sites from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter now in orbit around the Moon has taken images of several of the Apollo landing sites, including Apollo 11. See the images in NASA’s press release .

Shuttle STS-127 External Tank Lost Foam Due to "As-Yet-Unknown Mechanism"

Shuttle STS-127 External Tank Lost Foam Due to "As-Yet-Unknown Mechanism"

Bill Harwood of CBS News’ Space Place reports that “an as-yet-unknown mechanism” caused foam to peel away from the intertank area during the STS-127 launch yesterday. He quotes space shuttle program manager John Shannon as saying “There is nothing that we have seen on the orbiter that causes us any concern” but “Of course, since …

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Augustine Tells NAC White House Agrees to Flexibility on Mandate; Shuttle Future Still Open

Augustine Tells NAC White House Agrees to Flexibility on Mandate; Shuttle Future Still Open

During a telecon with the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) today, Norman Augustine said that the White House has given his panel on the future of the U.S. human space flight program flexibility to go beyond the formal statement of task. The panel’s official charter includes a number of constraints. Among them is that the panel …

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Buzz Aldrin Proposes Focus on Mars not Moon in a "Unified Space Vision"

Buzz Aldrin Proposes Focus on Mars not Moon in a "Unified Space Vision"

In an op-ed piece in the Washington Post today, the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, famed Apollo 11 astronaut and moonwalker Buzz Aldrin outlined his own plan for the future of U.S. human space flight — a Unified Space Vision. He predicted that President Bush’s 2004 Vision for Space Exploration, like Apollo, …

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Senate Confirms Bolden and Garver to Lead NASA

Senate Confirms Bolden and Garver to Lead NASA

The Senate confirmed Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver as Administrator and Deputy Administrator of NASA on July 15, 2009. NASA’s press release provides links to their bios for anyone who does not already know these very capable leaders. Congratulations to both of them!

House Hearing on Enhancing the Relevance of Space is at 2:00 Tomorrow, July 16

House Hearing on Enhancing the Relevance of Space is at 2:00 Tomorrow, July 16

The House Science and Technology Committee hearing on Enhancing the Relevance of Space To Address National Needs is at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon, July 16, in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. At one time this had been scheduled for 10:00 am but the correct time is 2:00 pm. Gen. Lester Lyles will testify about the recently …

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Shuttle Still a Go For Launch Tonight at 6:03 pm EDT

Shuttle Still a Go For Launch Tonight at 6:03 pm EDT

The space shuttle Endeavour is still on track for launch at 6:03 pm EDT tonight, July 15, 2009. Hopefully luck will be on NASA’s side this time, the sixth attempt to launch this STS-127 mission. NASA Mission Control says it is “optimistic” about the weather today. Follow the mission on NASA TV or on Spaceflightnow.com …

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