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Zuma Update: SpaceX Exonerated by USAF

Mon, 2018-01-22 19:26
SpaceX gets good news from the Air Force on the Zuma mission, Ars Technica "A little more than two weeks have passed since the apparent loss of the highly classified Zuma mission. Since then, SpaceX has publicly and privately stated... Keith Cowing

Today's Shutdown News From NASA: We're Shut Down

Mon, 2018-01-22 10:38
Today's news from @NASA— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 22, 2018... Keith Cowing

Government Shutdown Shuts Down Falcon Heavy Test

Mon, 2018-01-22 08:32
SpaceX Can't Test Falcon Heavy During U.S. Government Shutdown, Newsweek "A statement from the 45th Space Wing read: "Due to the shutdown removing key members of the civilian workforce, the 45th Space Wing will not be able to support commercial... Keith Cowing

Rocketlab Makes It To Orbit

Sat, 2018-01-20 21:54
Rocketlab Places Three Satellites Into Orbit (with video), SpaceRef "Rocketlab conducted its second Electron launch today placing three cubesats into orbit. The launch occurred from the remote Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand. Mission control is located in Auckland, New Zealand.... Keith Cowing

Life Goes On Aboard ISS During The Shutdown

Sat, 2018-01-20 13:53
Don't worry about the crew aboard the International Space Station during the U.S. government #shutdown They are managing to find productive things to do up there.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 20, 2018 Очень часто спрашивают, а летаем ли... Keith Cowing

Internal Memo: How NASA Will Shut Down

Fri, 2018-01-19 17:58
NASA ARC Internal Memo: Informal Notice of Employee Furlough Status - Non Excepted "Annual funding for the Government will expire at midnight on January 19, 2018. In the event no further agreement is reached to fund Federal agencies, Federal departments... Keith Cowing

JSC Center Director Ellen Ochoa Is Retiring

Fri, 2018-01-19 17:41
NASA JSC Internal Memo: Center Director Ellen Ochoa Is Retiring "Earlier today at the All Hands, I let people know that I am going to retire from NASA at the end of May. It's a really tough decision to determine... Keith Cowing

The Precise Moment A Young Woman's Space Career Began

Fri, 2018-01-19 11:02
The moment @ScheferAbby learned she is #BoulderBound! So excited to have her accepted to @CUBoulder and @CUEngineering in her dream aerospace program!— Carol Scott (@carolscott05) January 18, 2018... Keith Cowing

Is Democratic Opposition To Bridenstine Wavering?

Thu, 2018-01-18 13:02
Interestingly only one Democrat spoke at all about Bridenstine and it was @SenBillNelson. 4 Republicans spoke out in support of Bridenstine.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) January 18, 2018 Looks like a lot of democrats did not bother to show up for... Keith Cowing

Why Should One Senator Boss NASA Around?

Thu, 2018-01-18 13:01
FYI during his 3rd term in the House @SenBillNelson overtly used his political office to force @NASA to fly him in space. If a lawyer with zero aerospace experience can use politics to become an astronaut then a fighter... Keith Cowing

Bridenstine Nomination Version 2.0

Wed, 2018-01-17 20:15
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Executive Session: Bridenstine Nomination "The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Hart 216 to consider the following presidential... Keith Cowing

Today's Commercial Crew Hearing

Wed, 2018-01-17 10:34
Hearing: Update on NASA Commercial Crew Systems Development "10 a.m. EST, the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a Subcommittee on Space hearing titled An Update on NASA Commercial Crew Systems Development. The purpose of the... Keith Cowing

Remembering Columbia

Wed, 2018-01-17 00:00
Keith Cowing's Devon Island Journal 20 July 2003: Arctic Memorials and Starship Yearnings "Our task was a somewhat solemn one. We were here to erect a memorial to Columbia astronaut Michael Anderson. Two memorials have already been erected by members... Keith Cowing

GAO: FAA Dropped The Ball On Launch Insurance

Tue, 2018-01-16 13:50
GAO: Commercial Space Launch Insurance: FAA Needs to Fully Address Mandated Requirements "The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) report evaluating its maximum probable loss (MPL) methodology did not fully address the evaluation and consultation requirements specified by the U.S. Commercial Space... Keith Cowing

Bridenstine Confirmation: Its Going To Be Close

Tue, 2018-01-16 12:08
Rep. Bridenstine's Bid to Become NASA Head Stumbles Amid Partisan Brawl, Wall Street Journal (behind paywall) "Now, industry officials and some congressional supporters of Mr. Bridenstine see the math becoming more challenging, partly due to factors outside their control. Last... Keith Cowing

Understanding The Health Risks Of Human Space Exploration

Mon, 2018-01-15 20:23
Review of NASA's Evidence Reports on Human Health Risks 2017 Letter Report (2018), NAS "The evidence reports reviewed in this National Academies' report are part of a larger roadmap process developed and under implementation by NASA's Human Research Program. The... Keith Cowing

Big Aerospace Mouthpiece Goes After SpaceX

Mon, 2018-01-15 16:10
Before you read this blatant slam piece by @LexNextDC dumping on @SpaceX note that "The Lexington Institute receives funding from many of the nation's leading defense contractors, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and United Technologies."— NASA Watch... Keith Cowing

ANYONE Can "Commune With the Cosmos", Neil Tyson

Mon, 2018-01-15 12:28
You want to speak with a Spaniard, you learn Spanish. You want to frolic in France, you learn French. You want to commune with the cosmos, you learn Mathematics -- the language of the Universe.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January... Keith Cowing

Zuma Non-Update Update

Sat, 2018-01-13 12:50
Lost in space? Questions mount over fate of secret satellite as SpaceX pushes ahead, Washington Post "U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), who said he received a "preliminary briefing," had two concerns about the possible loss of the satellite. "One is... Keith Cowing

NASA's Quest for Human Spaceflight Popular Appeal

Fri, 2018-01-12 15:42
NASA's Quest for Human Spaceflight Popular Appeal, Roger Lanius, Social Science Quarterly "Objective: Analyze NASA's efforts to "sell" both its mission and its successes from its origins in 1958 to the present. Methods: Use public opinion polling and qualitative sources... Keith Cowing