Activists are from Mars…

Most readers here are probably aware of the Mars Society’s political outreach work, including Operation President 2008, its effort to contact presidential candidates, determine their opinions about human exploration of Mars, and, if necessary, encourage them to support such efforts. Wired News has a feature article about the Mars Society’s efforts, following Chris Carberry, political [...]

NASA aeronautics loses a Congressional supporter

Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) passed away on Saturday after a long battle with cancer. Davis was a staunch supporter of aeronautics research in NASA, fighting proposals by the Bush Administration to cut funding for aeronautics research at the agency. As noted in an article over a year ago, she was much more interested in [...]

NEO hearing postponed

Thursday’s scheduled hearing by the House Science and Technology Committee’s space subcommittee titled “Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) – Status of the Survey Program and Review of NASA’s Report to Congress” has been postponed, according to an updated hearing scheduled circulated by the committee earlier today. No reason for the postponement, nor a rescheduled hearing date, has [...]

Missing comments

On rare occasions, a comment posted here may not appear because it is mistakenly flagged as spam by filtering software (which, otherwise, does a fine job keeping junk comments from appearing.) Very long comments, or those with lots of links, are more likely to register as false positives. If you do post a comment and [...]

More on the appropriations veto threat

While the Senate was approving an amendment to the Commerce/Justice/Science appropriations bill to add $1 billion to NASA’s FY08 budget, the administration was again threatening to veto the bill. In a Statement of Administration Policy document released by OMB on Thursday, the administration accused Congress of including ” an irresponsible and excessive level of spending [...]

Looking for winners and losers in Clinton’s space policy

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s proposed space policy, introduced during a speech Thursday in Washington, has provided a lot of fodder for both people in the space industry and armchair analysts alike. Seeing any discussion of space by a candidate is newsworthy; having a candidate devote several paragraphs to the subject, months before the first [...]

Senate approves “Mikulski Miracle”

The Senate earlier today approved an amendment to an appropriations bill that would add $1 billion to NASA’s FY2008 budget. The amendment, popularly known as the “Mikulski Miracle” after its sponsor, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), was passed by the Senate on a voice vote. (According to Space News (sub. required), the Senate elected to approve [...]

Hillary Clinton to talk space policy today?

According to a report on SpaceRef, Hillary Clinton will give a speech this morning about her proposed science policy, which may include some discussion of space policy. (The speech is taking place on the 50th anniversary of Sputnik, so it would take some effort to ignore it.) The speech will be at the Carnegie Institute [...]

Gordon on Sputnik’s 50th anniversary and education

House Science and Technology Committee chairman Bart Gordon issued a statement yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik this week. His statement focused as much on the need to bolster math and science education in the US, though, as it was on space exploration itself:

In 1957, space was seen as [...]

NEO hearing next week

The space subcommittee of the House Science Committee is planning a hearing for next Thursday, October 11, on “Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) – Status of the Survey Program and Review of NASA’s Report to Congress”. A variety of people both within and outside of NASA are scheduled to testify:

Dr. James Green, Director, Planetary Science Division, [...]