Tom Young Calls for White House Leadership on NPOESS

Tom Young Calls for White House Leadership on NPOESS

Tom Young, vice-chair of the NRC’s Space Studies Board and chair of an independent review team for the DOD-NOAA-NASA National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), called on the White House to step in to resolve the future of that troubled program. During a discussion with Chris Scolese, Acting Administrator of NASA, at the May …

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NRC Updates Planetary Protection Guidelines for Mars Sample Return

NRC Updates Planetary Protection Guidelines for Mars Sample Return

The Space Studies Board (SSB) of the National Research Council released a new report on May 13 updating planetary protection guidelines for samples that someday may be returned to Earth from Mars. Assessment of Planetary Protection Requirements for Mars Sample Return updates a 1997 SSB report. The report found that discoveries about Mars since 1997 …

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Congressionally-Mandated Commission Recommends U.S. Develop and Pursue Options to Increase Stability in Outer Space

Congressionally-Mandated Commission Recommends U.S. Develop and Pursue Options to Increase Stability in Outer Space

The Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States has recommended that the United States — “Develop and pursue options for advancing U.S. interests in stability in outer space and in increasing warning and decision-time. The options should include the possibility of negotiated measures.” The bi-partisan commission was chaired by William J. Perry …

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Dr. Eilene Galloway

Dr. Eilene Galloway

Eilene Galloway, one of the first and foremost experts in space policy and space law, lost a long battle with cancer on May 2, 2009, two days short of her 103rd birthday. She passed away in the Washington, D.C. home in which she had lived since 1941, surrounded by family. On the day the Space …

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Enroute To Hubble Space Telescope

Space Shuttle Atlantis Enroute To Hubble Space Telescope

NASA successfully launched the space shuttle Atlantis on its STS-125 servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope today. In 2004, then-NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe canceled this mission partially due to safety concerns in the wake of the 2003 space shuttle Columbia accident. He supported the concept of servicing Hubble robotically instead of using astronauts. A …

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Congressional Hearings of Interest, Week of May 11, 2009

Congressional Hearings of Interest, Week of May 11, 2009

The following congressional hearings have been announced for the week of May 11, 2009 which may be of interest. See our calendar for more details. Note: Times and witnesses for congressional hearings are subject to change. Check with the committee for the most up-to-date information. DOD’s FY2010 Budget Request Witnesses: Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense …

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Congressionally-Mandated Commission Recommends U.S. Develop and Pursue Options to Increase Stability in Outer Space

Congressionally-Mandated Commission Recommends U.S. Develop and Pursue Options to Increase Stability in Outer Space

The Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States has recommended that the United States — “Develop and pursue options for advancing U.S. interests in stability in outer space and in increasing warning and decision-time. The options should include the possibility of negotiated measures.” The bi-partisan commission was chaired by William J. Perry …

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Augustine Holds Teleconference with Press on Review of NASA's Human Space Flight Program

Augustine Holds Teleconference with Press on Review of NASA's Human Space Flight Program

Norman Augustine held a teleconference with the media on May 8, 2009 to discuss the upcoming assessment of options for NASA’s human space flight activities that he will lead. The transcript of the press conference on the Human Space Flight Review is available on NASA’s budget website. View PDF

NASA, DOD and NOAA Space Budget Documentation Available on the Web

NASA, DOD and NOAA Space Budget Documentation Available on the Web

President Obama released his detailed FY2010 budget on May 7, 2009. The three agencies with the most significant “space” budgets are DOD, NASA and NOAA. Each agency has a website with its FY2010 budget documentation. NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/news/budget/index.html DOD: http://www.defenselink.mil/comptroller/Budget.html Note that DOD does not identify “space” as a budget category. One must look in individual …

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NRC Tells Government It Needs to Restart Plutonium Production for NASA Space Missions Immediately

NRC Tells Government It Needs to Restart Plutonium Production for NASA Space Missions Immediately

The National Research Council’s Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board have told NASA and the Department of Energy that it is imperative that production of plutonium-238 be restarted immediately if NASA’s plans for future space missions are to be met. NASA uses Pu-238 fueled devices to power spacecraft that travel too far …

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