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Here's Some #SpaceForce FOIA Goodness To Dig Through

Fri, 2018-11-09 13:48
289-page pdf of "any emails, memos, letters, or communications sent or received by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, that reference 'Space Force'" up at muckrock now //— Matthew Phelan U+1F339 (@CBMDP) November 9, 2018... Keith Cowing

Staff Departure at the National Space Council

Fri, 2018-11-09 13:46
Sources report that Jared Stout, Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Space Council, will be leaving soon for a job in the private sector.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) November 9, 2018... Keith Cowing

NASA's Moon Plans Are Missing Something Important

Thu, 2018-11-08 19:26
What's the one important thing missing from this @NASA chart about a "Path To The Moon"?Answer: A lander.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) November 9, 2018... Keith Cowing

Elections Can Have Consequences Billions Of Miles Away

Wed, 2018-11-07 21:02
Culberson's ouster could spell big problems for NASA's Orion program, experts say, Houston Chronicle "NASA programs -- especially Orion, which is focused on putting humans back on the moon -- could be in trouble after Republican U.S. Rep. John Culberson... Keith Cowing

Rogozin Wants To Fix Roscosmos

Wed, 2018-11-07 18:16
Russian space leader issues decree against trash, "sloppy" work attitudes, Ars Technica "Dmitry Rogozin is not having the best year. Earlier, he was essentially demoted from his position as deputy prime minister over defense and space to a position managing... Keith Cowing

SpaceX Will Launch A Mini-BFR On A Falcon 9

Wed, 2018-11-07 14:32
Mod to SpaceX tech tree build: Falcon 9 second stage will be upgraded to be like a mini-BFR Ship— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 7, 2018... Keith Cowing

Election Snapshot

Wed, 2018-11-07 09:45
Keith's note: Sen. Bill Nelson D-FL and Rep. John Culberson R-TX have been defeated. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson D-TX is seeking to become the chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Keith's update: Dana Rohrabacher R-CA... Keith Cowing

NASA CIO Can't Even Find Their Own Directives Online

Tue, 2018-11-06 14:05
Keith's note: If you go to this NASA CIO page "Security Requirements & Policies" you will see that they list all of their directives and memos but you cannot download any of them since there are no links. Lets... Keith Cowing

NASA's Inspector General Is Auditing SLS Yet Again

Mon, 2018-11-05 14:43
OIG announces an audit to assess NASA's efforts to manage the Space Launch System program costs and contracts.— NASA OIG (@NASAOIG) November 5, 2018... Keith Cowing

Google And NASA Ames Seek "Quantum Supremacy"

Mon, 2018-11-05 13:10
Google has enlisted NASA to help it prove quantum supremacy within months, Technology Review "Quantum supremacy is the idea, so far undemonstrated, that a sufficiently powerful quantum computer will be able to complete certain mathematical calculations that classical supercomputers cannot.... Keith Cowing

Yet Another Stealth Space Policy Meeting

Sun, 2018-11-04 19:08
Keith's note: If you search for "Space Entrepreneurship Conference USC Marshall" you get this link but if you go there, it says "404 - Page Not Found". If you go to the events page at USC Marshall there is... Keith Cowing

NASA's Astrobiology Programs Ignore One Another

Sun, 2018-11-04 18:21
NASA Awards Grant for New Life Detection Project, NASA GSFC "NASA has awarded funding for a new interdisciplinary project called the Laboratory for Agnostic Biosignatures (LAB). The award, totaling nearly $7 million dollars, will be used to develop new, non-Earth... Keith Cowing

Quick Turn Around For Soyuz Launcher

Fri, 2018-11-02 20:32
Пуск ракеты-носителя «Союз-ФГ» с пилотируемым кораблем #СоюзМС10. Видео с бортовых камер— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) November 1, 2018 U.S.-Russia space partnership has had its ups and downs, but failed launch might end up helping, LA Times "For more than 20... Keith Cowing

First Orion European Service Module to be Delivered Next Week

Fri, 2018-11-02 11:46
Airbus Delivers First European Service Module for NASA's Orion Spacecraft, Airbus Defence and Space "Airbus will deliver the first European Service Module (ESM) for NASA's Orion spacecraft from its aerospace site in Bremen, Germany on 5 November 2018." "An Antonov... Marc Boucher

NASA Making Changes to its Astrobiology Program

Thu, 2018-11-01 17:43
NASA's Astrobiology Program Evolving to Meet the Future, NASA "To better support the broad, interdisciplinary field of astrobiology - the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe - NASA is announcing a new programmatic... Marc Boucher

NASA Actually Canceled The Dawn Mission In 2006

Thu, 2018-11-01 12:51
NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End "NASA's Dawn spacecraft has gone silent, ending a historic mission that studied time capsules from the solar system's earliest chapter. Dawn missed scheduled communications sessions with NASA's Deep Space Network on... Keith Cowing

NASA Advisory Council Elevates Education Committee Status

Thu, 2018-11-01 12:20
Keith's note: At its last meeting in September 2018 the NASA Advisory Council adopted this recommendation: "Elevating the Status of the Ad Hoc Task Force on STEM Education. Recommendation: The Council recommends that the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) Ad... Keith Cowing

Big Court Win For The Thirty Meter Telescope

Wed, 2018-10-31 12:49
Embattled Thirty Meter Telescope scores big win in Hawaii's highest court, Nature "Hawaii's supreme court has ruled in favour of building the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) atop the mountain Mauna Kea. The decision removes the last legal hurdle preventing the... Keith Cowing

When Supporting Space Comes Back To Bite You

Tue, 2018-10-30 23:05
For the 7th Congressional District: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, opinion, Houston Chronicle "It's not that Culberson doesn't care about water. He does. But most of the time, he seems to care a bit more about the water on Europa, an icy... Keith Cowing

Kepler Planet Hunting Mission Ends

Tue, 2018-10-30 17:57
FWIW @NASAKepler has discovered 2,681 confirmed exoplanets and 2,899 candidate exoplanets. Assuming that that they're all confirmed that's 5,580 planets at a cost $125,448.03 each.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) October 30, 2018 NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope "After nine years... Keith Cowing