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Senate Appropriators Press NASA Chief on Exploration Plans

April 12th, 2011

Senate appropriators sparred with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Monday over the agency’s commitment to the 2010 NASA Authorization Act, the bi-partisan Congressional blue print agreed to by President Obama that aims for a new heavy lift rocket and crew exploration vehicle able to transport astronauts to deep space destinations as well as the International […]

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NASA Closing on Heavy Lift, Crew Capsule Strategy

March 30th, 2011

     NASA is looking to late June to unveil of a comprehensive plan to transition from the space shuttle and Constellation programs to a new deep space exploration strategy fashioned around the 2010 NASA Authorization Act, the agency’s top exploration official told a Congressional oversight panel on Wednesday. The time frame coincides with NASA’s […]

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Book Review: Blogging the Moon – The Once & Future Moon Collection

February 26th, 2011

Blogging the Moon: The Once & Future Moon Collection by Paul D. Spudis; Apogee Prime; Burlington Ontario Canada; $27.95 (soft cover); 2011. Moonologist Paul Spudis is a leading and top-notch lunar explorer. This book is testament to his seminal research and passion to make the Moon center stage in U.S. space program planning – and […]

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NASA Facing Flat Budgets, Just Enough to Initiate an Ambitious Exploration Agenda

February 15th, 2011

      President Obama’s proposed budget for 2012 locks NASA spending at $18.72 billion, or 2010 levels for the next five years, while at the same time initiating a delayed transition away from the previous administration’s Constellation program with plans for a new heavy lift rocket and multi-purpose crew capsule for eventual deep space […]

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President to Unveil 2012 Budget on Monday, House Urges Major 2011 NASA Cuts

February 13th, 2011

  NASA’s budget outlook — along with that of most federal agencies  — is in new flux. And the search for clarity and consequences is not for the impatient. On Monday, President Obama will unveil the administration’s proposed budget for 2012, the federal fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1. However, the House Appropriations Committee, […]

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NASA IG briefs House Appropriators on Space Agency’s Top Concerns

February 10th, 2011

    NASA Inspector General Paul Martin underscored the urgency of addressing the uncertainty over the agency’s human spaceflight program in testimony presented Thursday to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science. The Appropriations Committee is scheduling dozens of hearings with federal inspectors general, each sworn to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse within […]

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