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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.

13 Apr 2012

As  she concluded an important appropriations hearing on the FY 2013 NASA budget  request, Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Barbara  Mikulski (D-MD) explained that she anticipates marking up the subcommittee’s  bill “sometime in mid- to late April.”   Mikulski’s subcommittee held the last of four House and Senate  authorization and appropriations hearings last month, setting the stage for  what will likely be a difficult process of weighing competing interests as NASA’s  FY 2013 budget is developed.

16 Feb 2012

In  describing NASA’s FY 2013 request of $17.7 billion, NASA Administrator Charles  Bolden said “Despite a constrained fiscal environment, this budget continues to  aggressively implement the space exploration program agreed to by the President  and a bipartisan majority in Congress . . . laying the foundation for  remarkable discoveries here on Earth and in deep space.” Alluding to congressional criticism of the  Obama Administration’s decision to cancel the Constellation Program, Bolden  added, “The time for debate about our future is over.

24 Feb 2011

The  Administration has requested level funding for FY 2012 for the National  Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), unchanged from the FY 2010  appropriation of $18,724.3 million.  Said  NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in a message accompanying the FY 2012 budget summary:

2 Feb 2011

“Clarity  and constancy of purpose among NASA, Congress, and the White House are the  ASAP’s overarching concerns.”  - Aerospace  Safety Advisory Panel Annual Report for 2010

14 Jan 2011

“NASA  recognizes it has a responsibility to be clear with the Congress and the  American taxpayers about our true estimated costs and schedules for developing  the SLS [Space Launch System] and MPCV [Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle], and we  intend to do so, to the best of our ability in this preliminary report, as well  as in the follow-on report.” – January report to Congress

14 Dec 2012

A  prominent critic of the Obama Administration’s Mars exploration program offered  praise following NASA’s announcement that it will send a new robotic rover to  the planet in 2020.  Rep. Adam Schiff  (D-CA), who had denounced this year’s decision not to participate in the 2018-2020  European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars missions, issued a release applauding the  new mission.

28 Sep 2012

On September 14, the House Science, Space and Technology  Committee held a hearing to review NASA’s rationale to award $1.113 billion to  three companies to develop competing concepts for a human space transportation  launch system.  The Committee was  particularly interested to hear about NASA’s considerations of cost and safety  implications regarding recent decisions about the selection of those three companies  and wanted to examine NASA’s ability to assess technical and safety  requirements, given the unique nature of the Space Act Agreement.

11 Jul 2014

Members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a hearing on June 25 to discuss a National Academies of Science report on Pathways to U.S.

20 Jul 2012

“Exploring  both traditional and nontraditional means for technology transfer to the  private sector is equally important if we hope to leverage space technology development  as an engine for economic growth and US competitiveness.” –  Subcommittee Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-MS)

A July 12 hearing in the House Science, Space and  Technology’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee highlighted National  Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) investments which have generated  technology that has had direct economic and social benefits. 

30 May 2012

Last  Friday’s successful docking of the Dragon capsule developed by SpaceX to the  international space station was hailed by both the Obama Administration and  Members of Congress.  Docking occurred 250  miles above Earth, permitting the transfer of 1,014 pounds of cargo to the  station.  Of note, the capsule will  return to Earth tomorrow with 1,367 pounds of scientific experiments, hardware,  and other cargo, landing in the ocean several hundred miles west of  California.  Up until now, only the Russian  Soyuz vehicle was able to return to Earth.