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Members of the House  Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics expressed frustration at a hearing last  month about what they and a prominent planetary scientist charged was the Obama  Administration’s lack of commitment to two missions to Mars in 2016 and  2018.   A senior NASA official testified that the  Administration’s decision about these missions would be announced with the  release of NASA’s FY 2013 budget request in early February.

14 Dec 2011

“Research  is a primary driver of innovation, growth and job creation, and these  investments must be preserved, even in times of budgetary austerity.” – Rep.  Frank Wolf

“So  we are out there winning the Nobel Prizes, but our bill lays the groundwork for  winning the markets.” – Senator Barbara Mikulski

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22 Nov 2011

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18 Nov 2011

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FY  2012 Appropriations for NASA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National  Science Foundation:

Moments  ago the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 298-121 the FY 2012 appropriations  bill providing funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and  Technology, and the National Science Foundation.  Under this legislation funding for the three  agencies would change as follows (as compared to the current level):

17 Nov 2011

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14 Nov 2011

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The  House Science, Space, and Technology Committee has held a series of hearings this  fall about the new direction that NASA is taking in its human spaceflight  program.  A common theme in all three  hearings has been varying degrees of skepticism about the new approach the  program is taking.

11 Nov 2011

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Yesterday  the full Senate passed its version of the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice and Science  Appropriations Bill.  There were no  changes in the bill’s original committee language pertaining to NASA, the  National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Science  Foundation.  Passage of this legislation  positions it for a conference between House and Senate appropriators to develop  a final, compromise funding bill.

2 Nov 2011

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In an effort to get the FY  2012 appropriations bills passed, the Senate is taking a new approach by  bundling three of the twelve funding measures into a single bill.  One of those three bills is the FY 2012  Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.  The Senate considered this legislation during  several days of floor debate last week, with a final vote on passage scheduled  for next week.

25 Oct 2011

The recent reentry of the  Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite into the Pacific Ocean has focused new  attention on the problems created by orbital debris.  Posing an occasional threat to  Earth, orbital debris, and meteoroids, are a  significant problem to NASA’s spacecraft. 

4 Oct 2011

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The  Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of the FY 2012  Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill.  This bill provides funding for the National  Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the  National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

22 Sep 2011

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