White House Confirms President will Meet with Potential New NASA Administrator on Monday

White House Confirms President will Meet with Potential New NASA Administrator on Monday

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed that the President would meet on Monday with the person he hopes will accept the job as NASA Administrator, but Charlie Bolden was quoted by Space.com as saying that he has not been asked to meet with the President. May 15 White House Press Briefing Q …

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Charlie Bolden Rumored to be White House Pick to Run NASA

Charlie Bolden Rumored to be White House Pick to Run NASA

MSNBC reported that Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden (USMC, Ret.) is President Obama’s choice to head NASA. Gen. Bolden is a highly respected former NASA astronaut and marine aviator. He currently serves on NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel and on the National Research Council’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. His name surfaced early after the election …

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Congressional Hearings, Week of May 18, 2009

Congressional Hearings, Week of May 18, 2009

Three NASA budget hearings and one on the military space budget are currently scheduled for the week of May 18, 2009 as listed below. Times and witnesses for congressional hearings are subject to change. Check with the committee for the most up-to-date information. NASA Budget May 19 House Science and Technology Committee 2:00 pm 2318 …

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Augustine Panel Mandate Unclear

Augustine Panel Mandate Unclear

Differing views on the mandate for and potential impact of the “Augustine panel” on future U.S. human space flight activities were aired during a joint meeting of the NRC’s Space Studies Board (SSB) and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) on May 13, 2009. The panel is being created at White House direction and will …

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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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