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FYI focuses on the programs and missions sponsored by the Science Mission Directorate, including in the Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Heliophysics, and Earth Science Divisions. FYI also covers science-related missions supported by other directorates, including the International Space Station.

14 Aug 2015

The July 28 hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology unfolded as a chorus of bipartisan and largely unchecked enthusiasm and support for NASA’s planetary sciences mission.

12 Aug 2015

n a letter sent to the leadership of House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over NASA, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden warned that envisioned funding levels for the Commercial Crew program with likely result in “further schedule slippage and increased cost.” Bolden’s letter is in response to decisions made by House and Senate appropriators to significantly reduce FY 2016 funding for the program below that requested by the Obama Administration.

24 Jul 2015

On July 14, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met to discuss three topics, among them an update from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its leading commercial space industry partners on the progress being made in new frontiers in human space exploration.  Other topics on the meeting agenda included a review of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program and a discussion on technology and aging.

16 Jul 2015

On July 10, the Space Subcommittee within the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine the operational challenges currently bedeviling the International Space Station (ISS), including a number of recent and costly cargo launch failures and other technical failures.  During the hearing, members of Congress from both parties and witnesses spoke highly of the unique research platform that the ISS provides to U.S.

26 Jun 2015

Appropriators in the House and Senate have been working diligently on FY 2016 funding bills since President Obama sent his budget request to Congress in early February.  House appropriators will likely complete their work by the middle of next month, and it is expected that their Senate counterparts will not be far behind.

17 Jun 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s report for the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, now released to the public, recommends a 1.6 percent funding increase for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in FY 2016.  The committee report is the key document that details the Senate approp

11 Jun 2015

This morning the full Senate Appropriations Committee met and approved by a vote of 27-3 their FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  The $51.1 billion bill provides funding for NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation.  The House passed its version of this bill earlier this month.

8 Jun 2015

“We have also prioritized the work the Department of Justice is doing in enforcing our laws. We have made sure that scientific research, space exploration are prioritized, and America will preserve its leadership in the world in space exploration.    We have made sure that weather forecasting is funded and taken care of” said Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) when describing his FY 2016 funding bill on the House floor. 

2 Jun 2015

The House of Representatives has started its multi-day consideration of H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  Yesterday evening the White House issued a seven-page Statement of Administration Policy announcing its strong opposition to the bill, signaling the President’s intention to veto the legislation.

22 May 2015

The full House Appropriations Committee met Wednesday and approved by voice vote the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  Under this bill, NASA funding would increase $518.9 million or 2.9 percent in the new fiscal year.