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Year: 2016
Will U.S. Sanctions On Russia Impact ISS Operations?
Will U.S. Sanctions On Russia Impact ISS Operations?

Obama orders Russia expulsions, sanctions for interference in 2016 election, Reuters “President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and sanctioned Russian intelligence officials who Washington believes were involved in hacking U.S. political groups in the 2016 presidential election. The measures, taken during the last days of Obama’s presidency, mark a new low in U.S.-Russian relations which have deteriorated over serious differences on Ukraine and Syria. […]

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  • December 29, 2016
Dealing With Orbital Traffic
Dealing With Orbital Traffic

Orbital Traffic Report Released “The current Framework does not provide a holistic approach by leading in the combined development of technically informed “rules of the road” and the provision of value-driven, safety-based products and services used during spacecraft operations. Such “rules of the road”, based on space traffic safety concerns, could lead to the maturation of international norms of behavior, which would greatly enhance the strategic stability of the space […]

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  • December 29, 2016
TrumpSpace Tidbit: #BackToTheMoon ?

Trump met with historian Douglas Brinkley. Brinkley said afterwards Trump "was very interested in a man going to the moon," per pool report. — Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) December 28, 2016 Trump ‘very interested in a man going to the moon,’ says historian, Washington Examiner “A historian who met with Donald Trump says the president-elect was “very interested in a man going to the moon.” Historian Douglas Brinkley met with Trump […]

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  • December 28, 2016
SETI's Echo Chamber
SETI's Echo Chamber

Why Only Americans Are Interested in the Hunt for Alien Life, Seth Shostak, NBC “Bottom line? Today, SETI is solely an American enterprise. And even then, it’s pretty minimal. SETI is not on the back burner … it’s on the pilot light. The total number of researchers can be tallied on your extremities, and there’s essentially no government funding. The effort is tiny, but at least there’s effort. So what’s […]

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  • December 27, 2016
Vera Rubin
Vera Rubin

Vera Rubin Who Confirmed “Dark Matter” Dies, Carnegie Institution “Renowned astrophysicist and National Medal of Science awardee Vera Rubin passed away in Princeton, N.J., the evening of December 25, 2016, at the age of 88. Rubin confirmed the existence of dark matter — the invisible material that makes up more than 90% of the mass in the universe. She was a retired staff astronomer at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of […]

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  • December 26, 2016
What Is Ahead For NASA In Congress?
What Is Ahead For NASA In Congress?

Q&A: Key legislator disses White House science office, Science “[Rep. John] Culberson whose House of Representatives subcommittee oversees the budgets for NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has never been a fan of John Holdren, Obama’s science adviser. And his latest comments are likely to further heighten anxiety among scientific leaders about how the U.S. […]

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  • December 26, 2016
Harriett Jenkins
Harriett Jenkins

Dr. Harriett G. Jenkins, has passed away. Funeral Services and other details forthcoming. Harriet Jenkins, The History Makers “From 1974 until 1992, Jenkins worked as the assistant administrator for equal opportunity programs at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). … From 1992 until 1996, she worked with the U.S. Congress and served as the director at the Office of Senate Fair Employment Practices in the U.S. Senate. … Jenkins […]

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  • December 23, 2016
Piers Sellers
Piers Sellers

Keith’s note: This note was sent out earlier today by Colleen Hartman, Director, Sciences and Exploration Directorate NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: “All, I am so very sad and bereft to tell you that Piers passed away this morning. He was not in pain and his family was with him. A light has left our world. We will miss him so very much. He asked that Tucker and I arrange […]

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  • December 23, 2016
Is This The New Way To Do Aerospace Procurement?

BREAKING: Lockheed Martin shares fall 1.7% after Trump tweet about F-35 and F-18 programs; Boeing shares climb 0.6% https://t.co/ySV4w1Dx1b https://t.co/UKpj0AJtnk — CNBC (@CNBC) December 22, 2016 Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016 Trump’s $440 billion weapon, Politico “What Trump is doing, by targeting specific […]

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  • December 22, 2016
TrumpSpace: #JourneyToMars Or #BackToTheMoon For NASA?
TrumpSpace: #JourneyToMars Or #BackToTheMoon For NASA?

NASA’s next stop–Mars or the Moon? John Grunsfeld and Paul Spudis argue for and against Mars and the Moon, Ars Technica “Both men agree on one point: with NASA’s limited funds, even before possible cuts under a Trump administration, the space agency can’t do both. Sending astronauts to the Moon and establishing a colony would push human exploration of Mars into the second half of this century. Alternatively, making a […]

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  • December 22, 2016