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Spitzer Space Telescope May Be Up For Grabs

Sun, 2017-07-23 09:58
NASA might turn over management of the Spitzer Space Telescope, one of the Great Observatories, to private operator. https://t.co/tCXmQyJHjf pic.twitter.com/p8aMdrzwgB— Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) July 22, 2017 At @NASA, we continue to explore new ways to maximize science/$. Wonder whether there... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA Administrator Apprentice Update

Fri, 2017-07-21 18:14
Latest #NASA Administrator chatter: Bridenstine fading, Lightfoot rising.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) July 20, 2017... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Commercial Crew Flights in 2018?

Thu, 2017-07-20 20:11
NASA's Commercial Crew Program Target Flight Dates "The next generation of American spacecraft and rockets that will launch astronauts to the International Space Station are nearing the final stages of development and evaluation. To meet NASA's requirements, the commercial providers... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

TDRS-M Needs Repairs

Thu, 2017-07-20 18:27
NASA TDRS-M Status Update July 20, 2017 "NASA and Boeing are reviewing plans to safely replace an antenna on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M). The satellite's Omni S-band antenna was damaged during spacecraft closeout activities July 14 at... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

CASIS Announces Significant ISS News But Forgets To Mention NASA

Thu, 2017-07-20 11:48
Michael J. Fox Foundation and CASIS Announce Partnership to Grow Key Parkinson's Protein on International Space Station "The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announce a... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

CASIS Recycles NASA Hype In Its Quarterly Reports To NASA

Thu, 2017-07-20 09:54
CASIS Quarterly Report for the Period January 1 - March 31, 2017 "Executive Summary: The second fiscal quarter (Q2) of 2017 (FY17) brought forward meaningful progress for the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory and demonstrated signals of opportunity... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Destroying History Is Never Smart, NASA

Thu, 2017-07-20 01:16
NASA Destroyed Hundreds of Mystery Tapes Found in a Dead Man's Basement, Motherboard "NASA takes records retention matters very seriously, so upon receiving notice about these former NASA assets, NASA undertook a new inspection in 2015-2016," a NASA spokesperson told... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Target Sponsors CASIS ISS Cotton Challenge

Wed, 2017-07-19 14:38
CASIS Announces Cotton Sustainability Challenge "The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced a cotton sustainability challenge, sponsored by Target Corporation, where researchers and innovators will have the ability to propose solutions to improve crop production... Marc Boucher https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=1

Congressman Asks NASA About Those Secret Ancient Martians

Tue, 2017-07-18 17:07
Congressman asks scientists if they've found ancient civilizations on Mars, Ars Technica "The hearing was respectable, with on-point witnesses and mostly incisive questions. That is, until California Republican Dana Rohrabacher had his turn at the microphone. After asking a reasonable,... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Sour Grapes From Charlie Bolden

Tue, 2017-07-18 08:14
Charles Bolden 'blunt' about Trump and space, says president 'talks a lot', AL.com "The president had an opportunity after challenging NASA to show how we could put humans on the very first flight of SLS and Orion," Bolden said. He... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Confusing Public Comments From the NASA ISS Director

Mon, 2017-07-17 20:18
Keith's note: I was at the ISS R&D Conference today in Washington, DC (I'll be there all week). One of today's events was a panel that discussed the role of the National Academy of Science in advising NASA -... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Only Congress Likes That Space Corps Idea

Sun, 2017-07-16 20:19
White House Opposes Space Corps, Space Policy Online "The Trump Administration informed the House that it does not agree on the need for the Space Corps proposed in the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The White House Statement of... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Fire at Port Canaveral

Sun, 2017-07-16 20:07
Officials say rooftop fire at SpaceX/Port Canaveral building out; one fire fighter taken to hospital for heat-related stress 1/2— William Harwood (@cbs_spacenews) July 17, 2017 No SpaceX workers on site at time of fire; building said to be empty, no... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

There Was A TDRS-M Incident During Closeout

Sun, 2017-07-16 00:22
TDRS-M Status Update - July 15, 2017 "NASA and Boeing are reviewing an incident that occurred during final spacecraft closeout activities on the Tracking Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) mission at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida, on July 14, involving... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Scott Pace To Run National Space Council

Fri, 2017-07-14 00:00
WH announcement re Scott Pace (snip from WH press release rec'd 7:09 pm ET) pic.twitter.com/V4jIcRGJ5H— Marcia Smith (@SpcPlcyOnline) July 14, 2017... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Congress Considers Apollo 1 Memorial At Arlington

Thu, 2017-07-13 16:35
Keith's note: Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) has submitted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 that sets aside $50,000 stating "The Secretary of the Army shall, in consultation with the Administrator of the... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Vector Space Systems Investment by Sequoia Capital Could Pay off Big

Thu, 2017-07-13 13:49
Vector Space Systems - Small Rockets, Small Satellites and Possibly a Big Payday, SpaceQ (Story and Podcast) "In 2016 Jim Cantrell and group of veteran space professionals started Vector Space Systems. Their goal? Nothing less than than building a small... Marc Boucher https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=1

NASA Is Still Kicking The Can Down the Road to Mars

Thu, 2017-07-13 12:39
NASA finally admits it doesn't have the funding to land humans on Mars, Ars Technica "Now, finally, the agency appears to have bended toward reality. During a propulsion meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics on Wednesday, NASA's... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Today's Hearing on Space Commerce

Thu, 2017-07-13 11:54
Reopening the American Frontier: Promoting Partnerships Between Commercial Space and the U.S. Government to Advance Exploration and Settlement (with video) "U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene the rescheduled hearing titled... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Moon Express Does A Big Reveal

Wed, 2017-07-12 13:19
Moon Express Unveils Lunar Mission Architecture, Moon Express "On July 12, 2017, Moon Express unveiled its exploration architecture, including plans to establish the world's first permanent lunar outpost at the South Pole of the Moon by 2020. The company's robotic... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

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