Commercial cargo skepticism and support

Thursday’s hearing of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s space subcommittee on NASA’s commercial cargo efforts did not yield much of the way of new insights or surprises about the program. It did, though, provide an opportunity for some members to express their concern about, if not skepticism regarding, the ability of Orbital Sciences […]

Strategies for space settlement and NASA?s survival

One of the more compelling speeches at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Huntsville, Alabama, earlier this month was by Jeff Greason, president of XCOR Aerospace and a member of 2009′s Augustine Committee that reviewed NASA’s human spaceflight plans. Greason’s speech, the video of which is now available online, focused on […]

Discovery of water in lunar interior may alter models of Moon’s formation

Scientists have discovered traces of water in rocks from the Moon’s interior, a discovery…

NASA selects asteroid sample return mission

NASA announced Wednesday that it will launch a robotic mission in 2016 to fly to…

Astronauts complete final shuttle spacewalk

Two astronauts successfully completed the final planned spacewalk of the space shuttle era on Friday….

Mars formed quickly, stunted growth

The planet Mars may be a “planetary embryo” that formed quickly but failed to develop…

Shuttle undocks from ISS

The space shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station for the final time Sunday…

Brief updates: Congress and shuttle, Eisele?s election, and China commentary

Another member of Congress has added his voice to the limited Congressional reaction to Endeavour’s launch on Monday. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), the ranking member of the appropriations subcommittee with oversight of NASA, issed a statement Tuesday cheering NASA on the successful launch. Fattah noted that he and Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter called NASA administrator […]

Senators press NASA for details on implementing authorization act

I have not had a chance to review yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on “Contributions of Space to National Imperatives” (I’m on travel this week at the International Space Development Conference in Huntsville). However, there is at least one newsworthy item of interest to come out of the hearing. In his opening testimony, committee chairman […]

The big picture of how space policy gets done ? or doesn?t get done

The 2011 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) kicked off in Huntsville, Alabama, yesterday with a panel titled “How Space Gets Done” featuring a number of current and former officials and experts. The title was perhaps a bit unintentionally ironic, since panelists described just how inefficiently space policy is getting done in Washington today. “Where we […]