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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.

23 May 2012

The  House of Representatives spent three days earlier this month on its  consideration of H.R. 5326, the FY 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations  Bill.  This bill provides funding for  NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National  Science Foundation.  The House passed  this bill on a largely party-line vote of 247-163.

2 Jul 2014

“These reports confirm our worst fears: that the incidents at Langley and Ames are not isolated incidences” said Space Subcommittee Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) at a hearing on security procedures at NASA’s centers.  Among the findings of these reports investigating NASA’s security protocols were confusing and sometimes bureaucratic procedures and uneven and uncoordinated application of these procedures to protect the agency’s sensitive information.  Importantly, the investigations did not reveal intentional disregard of security protocols.

13 Jun 2014

The National Academies of Science published a human spaceflight study to review “the long-term goals, core capabilities, and direction of human spaceflight and make recommendations to enable a sustainable U.S.

11 Jun 2014

The Senate Appropriations Committee released its report yesterday accompanying the FY 2015 Commerce Justice, Science Appropriations Bill.  Report 113-181 provides the appropriators’ recommendations regarding the agencies funded by S. 2437.  The House Appropriations Committee developed its own version of this funding legislation in early May.

29 May 2014

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on May 21 to review the current state of astrobiology.  Members were interested in hearing about the use of radio and optical astronomy in the search for intelligent life.  In 2013, the Committee held two hearings relating to astrobiology: in May they discussed necessary conditions for life and a December hearing focused on methods used to search for microbial life.  During this most recent hearing, both sides of the aisle were i

23 May 2014

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space held a May 9 hearing to discuss space traffic management with a particular focus on orbital debris.  “The threat of orbital debris in key orbits around the Earth is a very real and a serious issue,” noted Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL).  The subcommittee was interested in investigating the state of space traffic management and wanted to hear how Congress can ensure a safe and secure space environment. 

8 May 2014

Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee released an unnumbered Full Committee Print to accompany the FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill. This is a draft version of the committee report that is to be issued providing all-important language on the departments and agencies funded by this bill.  This FYI reviews the National Aeronautics and Space Administration portion of the report. 

7 May 2014

“Administrator Bolden, we really do strongly disagree on this” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) said at last week’s hearing on the FY 2015 NASA budget request for science programs.  Committee Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) was also critical as he questioned the “administration’s level of commitment to a forward-thinking inspirational space program.”

2 May 2014

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other officials outlined the agency’s pathway to Mars during an April 29 forum.  Robotic exploration; the role of the commercial space sector in low-Earth orbit; development of the Orion Capsule, Space Launch System and Ground Systems Development; the Asteroid Redirect Mission and technological developments were presented as steps NASA is taking to expand its capabilities and develop a human mission to Mars.