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National Space Council User Advisory Group Is Purging Innovation From Its Ranks

Sun, 2018-06-17 16:14
Keith's note: Newt Gingrich and Pete Worden have been removed from the UAG for reasons that sources say have to do with issues that arouse while vetting Gingrich and Worden to serve on the UAG. That's the official excuse.... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

National Space Council Meetings

Fri, 2018-06-15 18:10
The National Space Council will meet at the White House on Monday, 18 June. President Trump will chair the meeting. Among the presentations will be a panel composed of astronauts Scott Parazynski, Eileen Collins, and Terry Virts. The event will... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA JPL Sat On A FOIA Request From A Very Rich Smart Guy. Oops.

Thu, 2018-06-14 21:34
Two years of stonewalling: What happened when a scientist filed a public records request for NASA code, Retraction Watch "In June 2016, I filed a FOIA request with NASA and JPL for materials related to the NEOWISE project. Both NASA... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Bridenstine Meets The Blob

Thu, 2018-06-14 15:23
Keith's note: Inevitably when someone takes over the helm of a government agency they run into the status quo. Some of us cynical space policy wonks are calling this slow motion impact process as being "consumed by The Blob."... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Axiom Space Vapor Ware

Thu, 2018-06-14 09:31
Axiom Space offers space station vacations starting in 2020, for $55 million, Geekwire "How much would you pay for a 10-day stay in low Earth orbit? Houston-based Axiom Space has set a $55 million price point for trips that it... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Hearing on NASA Cost and Schedule Overruns

Thu, 2018-06-14 08:17
Hearing: NASA Cost and Schedule Overruns: Acquisition and Program Management Challenges "June 14, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee will hold a Subcommittee on Space hearing titled, NASA Cost and Schedule Overruns: Acquisition and... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

COMSTAC Meeting Today

Thu, 2018-06-14 08:04
Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee-Open Meeting The COMSTAC meeting will take place on Thursday, June 14th from 10:00 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT. The event will be webcast live. NASA Administrator Birdenstine will be speaking at 10:45 am EDT.... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

CASIS Has Another SciFi Patch. But We Made It Better

Wed, 2018-06-13 14:48
Filmmaker Ridley Scott Creates 2018 International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory Mission Patch "The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced the unveiling of its latest mission patch, designed by award-winning filmmaker and producer, Sir... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

The NASA Education Office Is Now STEMOPS

Wed, 2018-06-13 10:55
Subcommittee Approves FY2019 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill (NASA Excerpt) "$110 million is provided for the NASA's education programs, which were proposed to be eliminated in the budget request, under a newly named Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Opportunities... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Some JPL Employees Just Don't Get It.

Wed, 2018-06-13 08:45
We just don't know. Global dust storms can last for weeks, maybe even a couple of months— Doug Ellison (@doug_ellison) June 13, 2018 #NASA JPL employee @doug_ellison sits at his desk @NASA_JPL using his Twitter account to inform the... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

NASA Has Soft Power Conversations With Sanctioned Head Of Roscosmos

Tue, 2018-06-12 14:16
New Head Of Roscosmos Is Under Formal U.S. Sanction, earlier post Issuance of a new Ukraine-related Executive Order; Ukraine-related Designations, U.S. Department of the Treasury: "ROGOZIN, Dmitry Olegovich (a.k.a. ROGOZIN, Dmitriy; a.k.a. ROGOZIN, Dmitry); DOB 21 Dec 1963; POB Moscow,... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Is Janet Kavandi The Next Deputy NASA Administrator?

Tue, 2018-06-12 14:03
Q-what about a Deputy Admin?Bridenstine-I'm advocating for Janet Kavandi (who's here at the mtg -- she's Director of NASA Glenn Research Center). Need a deputy who's apolitical, technical, experienced in managing, space professional.— Marcia Smith (@SpcPlcyOnline) June 12, 2018... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

New Report On Harassment in Science & Engineering Released

Tue, 2018-06-12 11:03
The new @theNASEM report, "Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine" is now available for (free) download here: https://t.co/pgjVZKZ4BC— AAS Public Policy (@AAS_Policy) June 12, 2018 The report was sponsored by multiple... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Russia Wants To Lead In Space By Spending Less Money On It

Mon, 2018-06-11 21:49
Putin says Russia needs to return its leadership in space exploration, TASS "Russia should make many steps forward to return its leading positions in space exploration, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his Q&A session on Thursday. "These technologies are... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Yet Another NASA HQ Reorganization For The Exploration Thing

Mon, 2018-06-11 19:45
Steve Clarke Named Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration at NASA's Science Mission Directorate "Effective immediately, Steve Clarke is SMD's Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration. He will serve as the agency's interface between the NASA mission directorates, the scientific community, and... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Todd May Is Leaving NASA

Mon, 2018-06-11 14:31
Today, #NASAMarshall Center Director Todd May announced his retirement, effective July 27. Here's a look at some of our great memories. Thanks for everything, Todd! >> https://t.co/k3hfr0rnsg pic.twitter.com/lxvkm8IHPI— NASA Marshall (@NASA_Marshall) June 11, 2018... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Dealing With Science By Ignoring It

Mon, 2018-06-11 12:50
House Science Committee Oversight Democrats Request Hearing on White House's "Ignore" Science Memorandum, House Science Committee Democrats "The suggestion to "ignore" science as one policy option regarding climate change was suggested in a memo prepared for senior White House and... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Back To The Moon 3.0

Sun, 2018-06-10 12:44
America's Return to the Moon: A Foothold, Not Just Footprints. Air & Space "Our return to the Moon will not be like the Apollo-style sorties of the old Constellation project. This new approach calls for true lunar habitation - our... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

Climate Change Deniers Knock Bridenstine For Listening To Actual Scientists

Fri, 2018-06-08 20:58
'Turncoat' NASA chief Bridenstine says he changed mind about climate change because he 'read a lot', Climate Depot "Another reason why he was quickly captured probably is that he knows nothing about science. In justifying himself, Bridenstine referred to "The... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

What Happens When Jeff DeWit Does Too Much Photobombing

Fri, 2018-06-08 13:45
This space news website is certainly not ready for prime time - this picture of @NASA Administrator "Jeff" Bridenstine is actually NASA CFO Jeff DeWit. This is what happens with @JeffDeWitAZ gets into too many pictures with @JimBridenstine. Just... Keith Cowing https://mt.spaceref.net/mt4/mt/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=2

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