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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Augustine to Lead Independent Assessment of Options for Future Human Space Flight

Augustine to Lead Independent Assessment of Options for Future Human Space Flight

Norman Augustine (Lockheed Martin, ret.) will lead the White House-ordered independent assessment of options for the future of the U.S. human space flight program. NASA has scheduled a teleconference for May 8, 2009 at 11:30 am with Mr. Augustine to discuss the assessment. Audio will be available on NASA’s website at http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio. Acting NASA Administrator …

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Chris Scolese and Other NASA Officials to Brief NRC Space Boards on FY2010 Budget Request

Chris Scolese and Other NASA Officials to Brief NRC Space Boards on FY2010 Budget Request

The NRC’s Space Studies Board (SSB) and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) will receive briefings from NASA and other administration and congressional officials on NASA’s FY2010 budget request May 12-14, 2009. The briefings are open to the public and will be held in the Meridian Room at the One Washington Circle hotel, Washington DC. …

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George Nield to Brief NRC's Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board on FAA/AST FY2010 Budget Request

George Nield to Brief NRC's Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board on FAA/AST FY2010 Budget Request

George Nield, FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation will brief the NRC’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board on his office’s FY2010 budget request on May 12 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. The briefing is open to the public and will be held in the Meridian Room of the One Washington Circle hotel in …

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Mary Kicza to Brief Space Studies Board on NOAA/NESDIS FY2010 Budget Request

Mary Kicza to Brief Space Studies Board on NOAA/NESDIS FY2010 Budget Request

Mary Kicza, NOAA’s Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services (NESDIS), will brief the NRC’s Space Studies Board on the NOAA/NESDIS FY2010 budget request on May 14, 2009 from 10:15-11:15 am. The briefing is open to the public and will be held in the Meridian Room of the One Washington Circle hotel, Washington, D.C. For …

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