Gingrich, Romney spar on space in Iowa debate

(Updated at 11:45 pm with full quotes and video.)

At Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, space made a cameo appearance in an exchange between two of the frontrunners, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. When Romney was asked by the moderator to describe how his positions […]

Congress: no more room for error in JWST

The cost overruns and schedule delays of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) are widely known, yet Congress, in its final FY12 appropriations bill, gave NASA more than what it originally asked for—$530 million versus the requested $374 million—for the program. However, the language in the conference report for that bill included provisions for a […]

Astronomers push for more Pu-238 funding

Last month, NASA officials offered a bit of good news about plans to restart production of plutonium-238 (Pu-238), the isotope used in radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) that power some NASA deep space missions, including the recently-launched Mars Science Laboratory. In a hearing about the future of NASA’s planetary exploration program, NASA’s Jim Green said the […]

ULA wants NASA to accelerate commercial crew decision

The head of United Launch Alliance (ULA) would like to see NASA speed up the timetable for downselecting a company or companies to develop commercial crew systems, Florida Today reports. ULA CEO Michael Gass, speaking at a press conference Tuesday marking the joint venture’s fifth anniversary, noted that ULA has agreements with three commercial crew […]

Bolden: not worried about sequestration

One word has been on the lips of official Washington the last two weeks, and also inhabiting its nightmares: sequestration. It’s the official term for the automatic budget cuts scheduled to be triggered in fiscal year 2013 after the failure of the “supercommittee” last month to come up with its own deficit reduction plan. […]

A little too enthusiastic?

Since becoming the ranking member of the Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee at the beginning of this Congress, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) has issued a number of press releases congratulating NASA, and administrator Charles Bolden in particular, on various space agency milestones. An example is one release linked to the […]

Space Forum update; New Mexico liability legislation

Space Florida issued a press release Thursday summarizing a two-day “U.S. States and Federal Government Space Forum” it hosted in Orlando earlier this week. The release provides only top-level details about the closed-door event “to enhance working relationships” among various government agencies and companies. Attendees included Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and Alaska Lt. Gov. […]

A JWST doubleheader on the Hill next week

(Updated Friday 5:30 pm with time change for hearing)

The full House Science, Space, and Technology Committee is holding a hearing this coming Tuesday, December 6th, from 10am-noon 2-4 pm, on “The Next Great Observatory: Assessing the James Webb Space Telescope”. NASA’s JWST program manager, Rick Howard, will testify, along with astronomers Roger Blandford and […]

Reducing the Space Coast’s congressional space voice

A Florida congressional redistricting proposal could cut the Space Coast region’s voice in Congess by half. Currently the region has two members in Congress: Rep. Bill Posey, whose 15th district covers the southern part of the region, including the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station; and Rep. Sandy Adams, whose 24th district covers the northern part, […]