Fourth moon discovered around Pluto

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have found a fourth moon orbiting the dwarf planet…

Atlantis lands, ending shuttle era

The space shuttle Atlantis landed in Florida Thursday morning, ending the final mission in the…

NASA selects Mars rover landing site

NASA’s next Mars rover will land in a large crater that features a mountain…

China launches navigation satellite

A Long March rocket placed the latest spacecraft for China’s satellite navigation system into…

Still waiting on an SLS decision

For some time NASA officials, including administrator Charles Bolden, have said that a decision on the design of the Space Launch System (SLS) would come “soon”. For example, in Bolden’s speech at the National Press Club on July 1, he said NASA was nearing a decision on the SLS “and will announce that soon.” Four […]

Details about the House?s proposed NASA budget

In advance of this morning’s markup by the full House Appropriations Committee of its Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) appropriations bill, the committee released yesterday its report about the bill, which includes some additional funding details and other items about the bill. Some highlights: On perhaps the bill’s biggest issue, the proposed termination of the […]

The SLS debate continues

Tuesday’s House Science Committee hearing about NASA’s Space Launch System was, to some degree, predictable. Members of the committee expressed the concern, if not outright frustration, about the lack of a decision or other information from NASA about its SLS plans. NASA administrator Charles Bolden, the committee’s sole witness, reiterated that NASA was making progress […]

Coburn?s curious cuts

On Monday Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released his own deficit reduction plan that he says will cut federal budget deficits by $9 trillion over the next decade. He provides an agency-by-agency breakdown of his proposed cuts, including a section about NASA. And his proposed cuts are, well, interesting. Coburn’s plan would, according to the document, […]

Briefly: Lamenting the shuttle?s end and NASA?s future

Barring a weather delay, the space shuttle Atlantis will land at the Kennedy Space Center in less than 24 hours, marking the end of an era of human spaceflight. That means a variety of commentary on the shuttle, space policy, and future of human spaceflight for NASA and the nation. One comment that has attracted […]

Could a contracting change jeopardize commercial crew?

[Based on a longer post at NewSpace Journal] NASA’s Commercial Crew Development, or CCDev, program has so far relied on Space Act Agreements (SAAs), giving both the agency and participating companies greater flexibility to make progress on those systems. However, NASA officials indicated Wednesday that in future CCDev rounds they may shift to a somewhat […]