“Will NASA be able to fly the SLS [Space Launch System] for Exploration Mission-1 in calendar year 2017?” asked House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Subcommittee on Space Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) in an August 27 letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.   Their letter came on the day NASA officials announced that an important management review of the smallest version of the rocket system had set the initial flight “no later than November 2018.”

12 Sep 2014

As reported in prior FYIs, the FY 2006 appropriations bill for Science, State, Justice, and Commerce (H.R. 2862) is currently on the House floor. This bill, and its accompanying report (H. Rept. 109-118), provide the House Appropriations Committee's recommendations for NASA funding as well as funding for a number of other departments and agencies. Under this bill, the total NASA budget, as well as the budgets for NASA's science programs, aeronautics, and exploration would all be increased slightly from FY 2005 funding.

14 Jun 2005

"NASA is being asked to do more than it can with the resources provided." That is a conclusion of a new position statement issued by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) on the future of Earth and space science at NASA. The statement cautions that Earth and space science may be declining in priority at NASA and are being "threatened by new financial demands placed on NASA by the return to human space flight using the space shuttle, finishing the space station, and launching the Moon-Mars initiatives." AGU calls for "the U.S.

9 Jun 2005

"The Earth science program doesn't exist as some secondary adjunct of the exploration program." - House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert

27 May 2005

Only one month after Michael Griffin traveled to Capitol Hill for his Senate confirmation hearing, he was back as the new Administrator of NASA to testify on the agency's FY 2006 budget request. Griffin was the sole witness at this first hearing of the newly-established Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, chaired by Richard Shelby (R-AL).

17 May 2005

"Those who claim that NASA cannot afford robust programs in both robotic science and manned spaceflight are mistaken." - prepared testimony of NASA Administrator nominee Michael Griffin

14 Apr 2005

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) is the new chairman of the House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. Calvert was first elected to the House in 1993 and represents constituents in the Riverside and San Clemente, CA area (see Calvert has served on the House Science Committee for twelve years.

6 Apr 2005

Members of the House Science Committee had many more questions than NASA officials had answers for during the first of a series of hearings that will lead to a reauthorization bill for the space agency. While support remains high for the agency, there were questions from both sides of the aisle about the direction the Bush Administration has set for NASA.

1 Apr 2005

The American Astronomical Society (AAS), a Member Society of the American Institute of Physics, has issued a statement expressing "considerable disappointment" in NASA's decision not to service the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The March 9 statement praises the past accomplishments of the Hubble and its future potential. However, it also cautions that, "should a HST servicing mission have adverse budget consequences" to other space science programs, then NASA should seek the views of the space science communities on the relative merits of servicing the Hubble versus other projects.

29 Mar 2005

The cancellation of a planned shuttle servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, in the wake of the Columbia shuttle tragedy, generated much outcry from scientists, the public, and some lawmakers, and caused NASA to revisit the issue. Yet at a February 2 House Science Committee hearing, committee members and witnesses struggled with questions of whether saving the Hubble would be worth the costs, and what exactly those costs would be.

23 Feb 2005


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