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SLS Reverses NASA Technology Advances

Thu, 2018-03-22 19:55
#NASA spent hundreds of millions of dollars to make these reusable engines disposable. Just sayin— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) March 22, 2018 These four engines are ready to rumble for Exploration Mission-1! The first flight of #NASASLS and @NASA_Orion... Keith Cowing

Space Bills Approved By House Science Committee

Thu, 2018-03-22 11:31
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Approves Space Exploration and Entrepreneurship Bills "The American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act, or the ALSTAR Act, (H.R. 5345) was introduced Tuesday by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the... Keith Cowing

NASA Does Well In The FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Wed, 2018-03-21 23:42
DIVISION B-COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2018 NATIONAL SPACE COUNCIL This Act includes $1,965,000 for the activities of the National Space Council. NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION This Act includes $20,736,140,000 for the National Aeronautics and Space... Keith Cowing

Planned and Unplanned NASA Closures

Wed, 2018-03-21 14:30
Message from the Acting NASA Administrator: Planning for Potential Lapse in Funding "As you know, the current continuing resolution funding the government expires on March 23. While we hope it won't be necessary, we need to once again make preparations... Keith Cowing

What A NASA Administrator Actually Does

Wed, 2018-03-21 13:20
What NASA loses without a permanent leader, The Verge "Despite the backlash to Bridenstine's politician status, being the NASA administrator means mostly working with politicians, says Garver. "I do think it is more a political job than an engineering job.... Keith Cowing

Bipartisan Congressional Letter Of Support For Bridenstine

Tue, 2018-03-20 15:17
Letter From House Members to Senate Leadership Regarding NASA Administrator Nominee Bridenstine Keith's note: This letter was circulated by Rep. Babin and was signed by 61 members of the House - 12 of whom are Democrats. This would certainly seem... Keith Cowing

NASA Allows RTG Proposals Again

Sat, 2018-03-17 23:51
"From: James Green, Director, NASA's Planetary Science Division via Lunar and Planetary Institute: After analysis and consultation with the Department of Energy, NASA's Planetary Science Division is pleased to announce that the ban on the use of Radio-isotope Power Systems... Keith Cowing

The Plight Of The Citrus College Rocket Owls

Fri, 2018-03-16 12:05
CA's LGBTQ law blocks SoCal college rocket club from Alabama competition "A Citrus College rocketry club may be reaching for the stars, but is coming up with a handful of politics. The Rocket Owls team has earned a coveted spot... Keith Cowing

Educating The Next Generation Of Space Explorers

Fri, 2018-03-16 00:09
Keith's note: The White House has submitted a budget request for FY 2019 which calls of the elimination of the NASA Education Office. They seem to think that education is not worth an emphasis. Take a look at this... Keith Cowing

The Identical Astronaut Twins Are Still Identical

Thu, 2018-03-15 17:37
Keith's note: You may have seen a lot of stories recently in major news publications over the past week or so stating that the Kelly brothers now have different DNA or something to that effect. Not true. Another example... Keith Cowing

NASA CFO Jeff Dewitt Confirmed

Wed, 2018-03-14 20:08
Keith's note: NASA CFO nominee Jeff Dewitt has been confirmed by the Senate. NASA Statement on Nomination for Agency Chief Financial Officer, earlier post "The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on Wednesday's announcement of... Keith Cowing

No, Scott Kelly's Genes Were Not Changed

Wed, 2018-03-14 19:56
Astronaut's DNA no longer matches that of his identical twin, NASA finds, CNN "Spending a year in space not only changes your outlook, it transforms your genes. Preliminary results from NASA's Twins Study reveal that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly's... Keith Cowing

Steely-Eyed Former NASA PAO Employee Defends The Truth

Wed, 2018-03-14 18:20
ICE spokesman resigns, citing fabrications by agency chief, Sessions about California immigrant arrests, Washington Post "A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resigned over what he described as "false" and "misleading" statements made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions... Keith Cowing

Ad Astra Stephen Hawking

Wed, 2018-03-14 06:59
Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76, The Guardian "Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died aged 76. His family released a... Keith Cowing

Let's Build A Space Force

Tue, 2018-03-13 18:14
Speaking in California President Trump just said "we may have a space force".— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) March 13, 2018... Keith Cowing

NASA Watch on CGTN

Tue, 2018-03-13 00:40
China sets sights on first manned space station in 2022, CGTN America "The next frontier of China's space exploration program - a permanent, manned space station - is expected to be ready for service in 2022. But as this... Keith Cowing

SpaceX CRS-7 Accident Investigation Report Released

Mon, 2018-03-12 18:17
NASA Independent Review Team SpaceX CRS-7 Accident Investigation Report Public Summary "The SpX CRS-7 mission consisted of a SpaceX Falcon 9 version 1.1 launch vehicle and a Dragon spacecraft loaded with 4303 lbs (1952 kgs) of cargo. At approximately 139... Keith Cowing

Robert Lightfoot Is Retiring From NASA

Mon, 2018-03-12 11:38
Keith's note: Acting NASA Administrator has just announced that he is retiring effective at the end of April. No Successor has been named. NASA team, It is with bittersweet feelings that I am announcing I will be retiring from... Keith Cowing

SpaceX BFR Test Flights in 2019?

Sun, 2018-03-11 15:32
Elon Musk, speaking at SXSW, projects Mars spaceship will be ready for short trips by first half of 2019, CNBC "Musk held a surprise question and answer session at the annual technology and culture festival in Austin, Texas on Sunday.... Keith Cowing

Steve Jurczyk Named Acting NASA Associate Administrator

Sat, 2018-03-10 08:23
Keith's note: Steve Jurczyk has been named as NASA Acting Associate Administrator. This is the position that Robert Lightfoot held before being named as Acting NASA Administrator. NASA currently has no Acting Deputy Administrator or Chief of Staff. James... Keith Cowing