Policy: July 2015 Archives

NASA Advisory Council Meeting

"29-31 July 2015. Location: Jet Propulsion Laboratory"


Keith's note: In April the NAC came within a a vote of adopting a recommendation to NASA that the current Asteroid Redirect Mission be changed - possibly to go to Mars instead. That issue was delayed until the next NAC meeting in Pasadena i.e. this NAC meeting.

- NASA Advisory Council Wants to Cancel Asteroid Redirect Mission and Send it to Phobos Instead, earlier post
- NASA Membership Call for the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) Formulation Assessment and Support Team (FAST), earlier post
- NASA's Boulder Retrieval Mission, earlier post

PCAST Discusses New Frontiers in Human Space Exploration, AIP

"On July 14, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) met to discuss three topics, among them an update from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its leading commercial space industry partners on the progress being made in new frontiers in human space exploration. Other topics on the meeting agenda included a review of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program and a discussion on technology and aging."

Apollo-Soyuz Lessons

What We Can Learn From a Forty-Year Old Handshake in Space, Ron Garan

"For the first 15 years of my adult life, I trained to fight the Russians as a fighter pilot during the Cold War. On April 4th, 2011, two and a half decades after joining the U.S. Air Force, I stood at the base of a rocket that would take me and my two Russian crewmates, Sasha Samokutyaev and Andrei Borisenko, into space from the same launchpad as Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, fifty years before."

Related: History Remembered: The 40th Anniversary of the Flight of Apollo-Soyuz

Americans' complicated relationship with space travel, Washington Post

"All this means that NASA -- which is consistently among Americans' most popular public agencies (our feelings about space are complex) -- has never relied on public support to boost its program. Sure, it spends money to improve its image and inspire future explorers. But winning over you, dear reader, has never really helped NASA pay its bills. ... Americans' interest in space only briefly cracked more than 50 percent when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took one giant leap for mankind on the moon, said Casey Dreier, the director of advocacy for the Planetary Society. "The mistake we make, thinking about NASA in the past, is that it was ever driven by the public," Dreier said."

Keith's note: This is an interesting admission for the Planetary Society to make since it - and virtually all other space advocacy organizations - and often NASA itself - seem to be obsessed with raising the public's awareness of what NASA does so as to garner greater support for NASA's budget. Now it would seem that this is a waste of time according to the Planetary Society. Odd that Planetary Society says that the public has no impact on space policy and then turns around and tells the public that they need to have an impact on space policy. After half a century why is this going to change?

Americans Want A Space Program They Won't Pay For, earlier post



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