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Apply Now To Be On The National Space Council Users' Advisory Group

Sat, 2017-12-16 20:38
"NASA announces an invitation for public nominations of U.S. citizens to serve as potential members of the National Space Council Users' Advisory Group (UAG). The UAG is a new Federal advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) being... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Bigelow Aerospace Had a Secret DoD UFO Study Contract

Sat, 2017-12-16 19:02
Glowing Auras and 'Black Money': The Pentagon's Mysterious U.F.O. Program, New York Times "Contracts obtained by The Times show a congressional appropriation of just under $22 million beginning in late 2008 through 2011. The money was used for management of... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Thinking Of Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Sat, 2017-12-16 17:00
Thinking Of Sir Arthur C. Clarke On His 100th Birthday "Today would have been Sir Arthur C. Clarke's 100th birthday. Arthur C. Clarke has had more influence on me as a writer than just about anyone else has - and... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Apollo 1 Memorial To Be Placed at Arlington National Cemetery

Fri, 2017-12-15 23:23
Keith's note: Last week President Trump signed the H.R.2810 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 into law. Included in this legislation is a provision that calls for a memorial to the crew of Apollo 1 at... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Waiting For The NASA Science Word Police

Fri, 2017-12-15 22:10
CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity, Washington Post "The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA Still Has No Clear Idea How To Use the International Space Station

Fri, 2017-12-15 11:55
Keith's note: After spending decades and tens of billions of dollars NASA still cannot implement a strategic plan for the use of the ISS or explain how it plans to transition from the ISS to future facilities. If NASA... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

George Abbey: Let's Go Back To The Moon

Fri, 2017-12-15 00:38
Former NASA Flight Director Says A Return To The Moon Is Necessary Before Heading To Mars "But what about plans for a return to the moon? ""First, you go to the moon before you go to Mars," George W.S. Abbey,... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Listening For The Pilots of 'Oumuamua

Thu, 2017-12-14 12:27
Breakthrough Listen Releases Initial Results and Data from Observations of 'Oumuamua "Breakthrough Listen - the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe - is reporting preliminary results and making initial data available from its observations of the... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

National Space Council 101 Overview By Scott Pace

Wed, 2017-12-13 23:32
Pace Outlines Trump Administration's Approach to Space Development and Law, Space Policy Online "The United States should seek to ensure that its space activities reflect "our values and not just our technologies," Pace urged. "We should seek to ensure that... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Billions Await Their First Human Landing On Another World

Wed, 2017-12-13 10:24
Trump signs NASA directive aiming at moon, Mars and beyond, Houston Chronicle "When people question why the U.S. would return to the moon, Keith Cowing, editor of NASA Watch, a website devoted to space news, has a pretty simple answer:... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Trump Space Policy Leaves Obama Space Policy Intact Except For Moon/Mars Pivot

Tue, 2017-12-12 20:54
Larger Image Keith's note: As former Obama OSTP official Phil Larson notes, the Space Policy Directive 1 issued on Monday only revises a very, very small portion of the existing space policy. Since this White House did not change... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Moon, Mars, and Beyond 2.0

Tue, 2017-12-12 16:15
Trump Policy Promises Moon, Mars, and Beyond - Will This Time Be Different?, Space Policy Online "Bold goals to continue trips to the Moon and go on to Mars envisioned in the immediate post-Apollo period never gained traction, nor did... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

National Space Council Users' Advisory Group Established

Tue, 2017-12-12 09:42
Notice of establishment of the National Space Council Users' Advisory Group. "Purpose: The purpose of the UAG is purely advisory and shall be to ensure that the interests of industry, other nonFederal entities, and other persons involved in aeronautics and... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Reactions To Today's Space Policy Directive 1 Thing

Mon, 2017-12-11 15:36
Remarks By President Trump and Vice President Pence at Space Policy Directive 1 Signing Ceremony "The directive I'm signing today will refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery. It marks an important step in returning American astronauts to... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Confirming The Next NASA Administrator

Sun, 2017-12-10 20:51
Keith's note: This White House event could serve to put some wind into Rep. Bridenstine's sails as he awaits a vote to confirm him as NASA administrator. If the White House is going to continue to throw its strong... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Moon-Related Announcement From White House on Monday

Sun, 2017-12-10 19:31
Subject: DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2017, PublicPool "Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Congressman Bill Shuster before participating in a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive 1." We've heard a rumor, not... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

AI is Now Helping Kepler Find Planets

Fri, 2017-12-08 14:23
Media Telecon Dec. 14th to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery "NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST (18:00 UTC) Thursday, Dec. 14, to announce the latest discovery made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The discovery was made... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Did NASA Deliver The ISS Transition Plan To Congress Required By Law?

Fri, 2017-12-08 11:01
Keith's note: NASA HEOMD AA Bill Gerstenmaier spoke at the NASA Advisory Council Human Exploration and Operations Committee meeting on 29 November. It certainly seems that he has decided that NASA is not going to comply with S.442 -... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

The Deep Space Gateway Does Everything For Everyone

Fri, 2017-12-08 10:28
As you listen to Bowersox, Gerst & #NASA talk about Deep Space Gateway it starts to sound like one of those expensive Swiss Army Knives that no one ever uses - but it can do lots of things that... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Boeing Guy Claims He'll Beat SpaceX Guy To Mars

Thu, 2017-12-07 20:52
Do it— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 7, 2017... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

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