TrumpSpace: July 2017 Archives

Will Trump get a man to Mars?, Politico

"Even Trump's space policy adviser for his campaign and transition says getting a man or woman on the face of Mars by 2024 is virtually impossible. "I don't think you'll get there [to Mars]," former Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Walker said in an interview about the possibilities under the Trump White House. "I do think that we will probably have a flight to the moon, an Apollo 8-type flight where you go up and go around the moon in a fairly short period of time." A NASA official who served under former President Barack Obama shared Walker's prediction. "I think things could go very well for going to the moon, which I think is more likely to be a Trump agenda," said Lori Garver, Obama's deputy NASA administrator. During his first six months in office, Trump has laid out an ambitious -- if non-specific -- space agenda."

How Jonathan Dimock Auditioned To Be NASA White House Liaison, earlier post

"National Aeronautic Space Administration (NASA or Deep Space Exploration Administration or DSEA) -Aside from the fact this is based very heavily in science, there is also a large cry to reduce their $105.5b budget and even movements to roll our space program into DSEA. With the help of, and to the credit of, the administration there can be drastic cost cuttings for big wins for the administration."

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves $19.5 Billion for NASA, SpacePolicyOnline

"The Senate Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) subcommittee approved $19.5 billion for NASA in FY2018 according to a committee press release. The figure was rounded, but the press release also said it is $437 million more than President Trump requested and $124 million less than FY2017. That would make $19.529 billion a more precise figure. The request was $19.092 billion. NASA's FY2017 funding level is $19.653 billion. The House Appropriations Committee was more generous, approving $19.872 billion. The bill has not gone to the House floor for debate yet. Only a few details were released by the Senate committee following the markup today. More information will be available after the full committee marks up the bill on Thursday."

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Scott Pace to the National Space Council

"Over his career, Dr. Scott Pace has honed his expertise in the areas of science, space, and technology. Currently, he is the Director of the Space Policy Institute and Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at George Washington University. Dr. Pace also serves as the Vice-Chair of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). Previously, he served at NASA, the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP), and the RAND Corporation's Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI)."

National Space Council Executive Secretary Hiding In Plain Sight, earlier post

"Take a close look at the upper left hand portion of this image taken at NASA KSC today of Vice President Pence and his entourage. There is one person who (from a distance) sure looks a lot like Scott Pace."

NASA finally admits it doesn't have the funding to land humans on Mars, Ars Technica

"Now, finally, the agency appears to have bended toward reality. During a propulsion meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics on Wednesday, NASA's chief of human spaceflight acknowledged that the agency doesn't really have the funding it needs to reach Mars with the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft. These vehicles have cost too much to build, and too much to fly, and therefore NASA hasn't been able to begin designing vehicles to land on Mars or ascend from the surface. "I can't put a date on humans on Mars, and the reason really is the other piece is, at the budget levels we described, this roughly 2 percent increase, we don't have the surface systems available for Mars," said NASA's William H. Gerstenmaier, responding to a question about when NASA will send humans to the surface of Mars. "And that entry, descent and landing is a huge challenge for us for Mars."

Kicking The Can Down the Road to Mars, SpaceRef (earlier post)

"And of course none of these Mars missions in the 2030s are in any budget - notional, proposed, or projected - that means anything to anyone actually working at NASA today. So it is hard to blame people who can't give you a straight answer. Just look at what their management has given them to work with - and what the agency has had to work with in terms of guidance from Congress and the White House. Just in the past 10-12 years NASA has veered away from the shuttle towards the Moon, then away from the ISS to Mars and away from the Moon and back to ISS, and now back to Mars (and maybe the Moon) and also some boulder on an asteroid."

President Trump's enemies list, Politico

"White House officials have taken notice of [Rep. Martha] Roby's efforts to make amends and view her efforts with some skepticism. While in the Oval Office for a NASA bill signing in March, Roby sidled up next to Trump - putting her front-and-center for the photo-op. Behind her push for the president's approval is a stark political reality: She is facing a fierce primary challenge from a Trump stalwart who has turned her past opposition to the president into the focal point of his campaign."

Keith's note: Guess which person is Rep. Roby. Could that neon yellow shirt be any brighter?

Keith's update: Official NASA response to the Pence "Do Not Touch" Photo: "The 'do not touch' signs are there as a day-to-day reminder, including the one visible on the titanium Forward Bay Cover for the Orion spacecraft. Procedures require the hardware to be cleaned before tiles are bonded to the spacecraft, so touching the surface is okay. Otherwise, the hardware would have had a protective cover over it like the thermal heat shield, which was nearby."

So in other words "do not touch" means "you can touch". Only at NASA.

Keith's note: Unlike some aspects of this White House Vice President Pence has a sense of humor. Well played.

Keith's note: KSC Director Bob Cabana had one thing to do during the walk through ... Larger view.

Mike Pence Touches NASA Equipment Labeled 'Do Not Touch', Becomes Instant Meme, Gizmodo

Keith's note: Take a close look at the upper left hand portion of this image taken at NASA KSC today of Vice President Pence and his entourage. There is one person who (from a distance) sure looks a lot like Scott Pace. Pace is widely expected to be named as executive secretary of the newly re-chartered National Space Council - and Pence made frequent mention of the Council in his remarks today. Just sayin' [Enlargement].

Keith's update: Yes, that is indeed Scott Pace.

Remarks by the Vice President at Kennedy Space Center (with video), White House

"And I bring greetings from the man who is going to make that happen, his admiration for all of you gathered here and for America's storied history in space is boundless; and he is committed each and every day to American leadership at home, around the world, and in the boundless expanse of space, the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. (Applause.)"

Keith's note: Just doing a simple word count shows that "America" appears 68 times. "Will" = 54. "Lead" = 33. "Space" = 73. "President" = 40 "(applause)" = 23. And so on. The speech was clearly designed to say that America will lead in space due to the President leading (applause).

Remarks by the Vice President at Kennedy Space Center (with video), White House

NASA Provides Coverage of Vice President Pence's Visit to Kennedy Space Center

"NASA will provide television, still image and social media coverage of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, July 6."

"NASA TV and the agency's website will air live coverage for parts of the visit starting at noon EDT with Air Force Two's arrival at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility runway, followed by a special address to the center's workforce in the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building at 1 p.m."

"The Vice President will tour Kennedy and learn more about the center's work as a multi-user spaceport for commercial and government clients, as well as see the agency's progress toward launching from U.S. soil on spacecraft built by American companies, and traveling past the moon, and eventually on to Mars and beyond with the help of NASA's new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket."

- Watch it live on SpaceRef starting at noon.

Marc's note: Vice President Mike Pence will make his first visit to KSC Thursday after formally being tasked with leading the reconstituted National Space Council. Oddly enough the press release states "traveling past the moon" but not traveling to the moon.



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