NRC Kicks Off Planetary Sciences Decadal

NRC Kicks Off Planetary Sciences Decadal

NASA and NSF officials told the steering committee for the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) new decadal survey on planetary sciences about their expectations for the study during the committee’s kickoff meeting on July 6. The committee is chaired by Steve Squyres, perhaps best known as the “father” of the two rovers now on the surface …

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NRC Releases Report on America's Future in Space

NRC Releases Report on America's Future in Space

The U.S. civil space program should serve key national objectives and be guided by six strategic goals, according to a new report from the National Research Council (NRC). Those goals are: To re-establish leadership for the protection of Earth and its inhabitants through the use of space research and technology; To sustain U.S. leadership in …

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Bolden/Garver Nomination: Slight Change to Hearing Time

Bolden/Garver Nomination: Slight Change to Hearing Time

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has scheduled a markup of several non-space related bills to precede the July 8 nomination hearing that will include Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver. The markup is scheduled for 2:00, and the nomination hearing for 2:10. Both are in 253 Russell Senate Office Building. As noted earlier, the …

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Events of Interest Week of July 6, 2009

Events of Interest Week of July 6, 2009

The following events next week may be of interest. Note: Dates and times for congressional hearings are subject to change. Check with the relevant committee for the most up-to-date information. July 6-8 Space Studies Board, Planetary Science Decadal Kickoff Meeting Room 100, Keck Center, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. See the agenda for information …

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Russia's Plans for a Successor to the International Space Station

Russia's Plans for a Successor to the International Space Station

Anatoly Zak has posted an interesting article on his website, RussianSpaceWeb.com, explaining Russia’s plans for a successor to the International Space Station — OPSEK, an “orbital assembly workshop.” Russian space agency head Gen. Anatoly Perminov discussed this concept in his conversation with the Augustine panel on June 17.

Senator Shelby Reportedly Wins on Use of Stimulus Money

Senator Shelby Reportedly Wins on Use of Stimulus Money

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) has won his case that NASA should use funding in the stimulus bill to support the existing Ares/Orion program instead of promoting commercial options for human spaceflight. The Ares launch vehicle and the Orion spacecraft are part of NASA’s Constellation program. At the May 21, 2009 …

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Shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis Get Good News

Shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis Get Good News

The space shuttle Endeavour’s hydrogen leak has been fixed, and the knob that was stuck in Atlantis’ cockpit window is freed. A tanking test conducted on Endeavour by NASA on July 1 revealed no leaks, and the agency has scheduled Endeavour’s STS-127 launch for July 11 at 7:39 pm EDT. Meanwhile, technicians were able to …

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Bolden/Garver Nomination Hearing Formally Scheduled for July 8

Bolden/Garver Nomination Hearing Formally Scheduled for July 8

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transporation Committee has formally scheduled the nomination hearing for Charlie Bolden and Lori Garver to take the top positions at NASA for July 8 at 2:00 pm in 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Three other nominees unrelated to NASA will be considered at the same hearing. NOTE: dates and times …

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Keep Up to Date on Legislative Action with Our Fact Sheets

Keep Up to Date on Legislative Action with Our Fact Sheets

Our three Fact Sheets that track action in Congress on major space-related legislation, including NASA’s FY2010 budget request and DOD’s request for space-related programs have been updated to reflect all the recent activity. Check the list of all our fact sheets on our left menu (“Our Fact Sheets and Reports”), or click on the titles …

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Senate Appropriators Add $75 Million for Ares V

Senate Appropriators Add $75 Million for Ares V

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s report (S. Rept. 111-34) on the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill (H.R. 2847) provides details on the committee’s actions on the FY2010 NASA budget. The top line number — $18.686 billion — is the same as the Obama Administration’s request, but there are funding changes, as well as directives about how …

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