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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.

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. 

29 Apr 2014

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee continues its work on authorization bills for NASA and the National Science Foundation.

29 Apr 2014

Tomorrow the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee meets to consider and then vote on its FY 2015 appropriations bill.  This legislation provides funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

18 Apr 2014

The Subcommittee on Science and Space of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held an April 9 hearing to discuss NASA’s exploration strategy, international cooperation in space and commercial space efforts as the U.S.

11 Apr 2014

Tuesday’s hearing of the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee on the FY 2015 NASA budget request and security practices lasted more than three hours.  Although the subcommittee is very supportive of NASA, the hearing was marked by disagreements between NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the subcommittee members.

9 Apr 2014

In less than a half-hour this morning the Space Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved a bipartisan bill that would establish important policy for NASA.  In contrast to last year’s markup of an authorization bill that stretched over five hours with many party line votes, the action this morning required just two voice votes, setting up this bill for action by the full committee.

2 Apr 2014

While House Science Committee members probably will never agree about how much funding NASA should receive in the next fiscal year, there are common concerns that both Republicans and Democrats expressed about the FY 2015 budget request at a recent hearing.  Prominent among them are the commercial crew program, the Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule, and a new $1.1 billion airborne observatory that NASA proposes to put into storage this fall.

11 Mar 2014

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) have sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden asking his agency to “develop a clear, well-planned technical implementation plan for the future of human spaceflight over the next few months.”  As part of this effort, NASA is to examine the feasibility of a Mars human flyby mission in 2021, a subject that was also discussed at a Science Committee hearing.