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Stealth NASA Event With VP Harris and President Macron
Stealth NASA Event With VP Harris and President Macron

Keith’s note: According to a tweet by Marcia Smith (who is always 200% correct): “The meeting tomorrow at NASA between VP Harris and French President Macron is at 10:10 am ET.” No NASA media advisory has been issued. No mention is made anywhere at NASA.gov. But a few media favorites will be there, rest assured. Marcia tweeted a copy of the Vice President’s schedule – and press access is mentioned – but not by NASA. Update: According to a White House official: “The Vice President is hosting President Macron for a meeting at NASA Headquarters to highlight the strong U.S.-France partnership in outer space, which has been ongoing for more than 60 years. It will be an opportunity to review existing cooperation in space science, space exploration, and using data collected from space to fight climate change. It will also build upon new areas of cooperation established after the Vice President and President Macron met in Paris last year.”

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  • NASA Watch
  • November 29, 2022
White House Slips A Cislunar Strategy Out Under The Door After Hours
White House Slips A Cislunar Strategy Out Under The Door After Hours

Keith’s 17 Nov note: OSTP released this cislunar report today albeit in stealth mode – either that or they started to drop media outlets off of their press list – assuming that they even bother with that sort of thing any more. You’d think that the National Space Council or NASA would make mention. Guess again. Oh yes America has a large spaceship heading through cislunar space right now. Oh well. OSTP says: “Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released the first National Cislunar Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy to address how U.S. S&T leadership will support responsible, peaceful, and sustainable exploration and use of Cislunar space—the large region of space in the Earth-Moon system beyond geosynchronous (GEO) orbit, including the Moon—by all space-faring nations and entities, consistent with the U.S. Space Priorities Framework”. Keith’s 18 Nov update: @Astro_Pam just tweeted something and @NASA retweeted it – a day after the report was quietly released. Still no media outreach from OSTP. Still no mention on NASA.gov either. You’d think that an ACTUAL CISLUAR MISSION would be a good time to cross promote? Right? More.

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  • NASA Watch
  • November 18, 2022
Staying Awake At The National Space Council Listening Sessions
Staying Awake At The National Space Council Listening Sessions

Keith’s note: FYI The usually inert National Space Council (NSpC) is waking up a bit to have some “listening Sessions” so hurry up and register to listen or whatever one does at these “listening” things. Meanwhile, the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group (UAG) is still on life support. Despite a call for member nominations more than a year ago by NSpC, NASA etc. they staff has yet to announce who is (or is not) on the UAG. If you go to the official UAG website you can see pictures ot the Trump Administration’s UAG and its membership – but zippo on Team Biden’s UAG. So is the UAG “listening” to anyone? Guess not. Here’s the NSpC Listening Session announcement

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  • NASA Watch
  • November 7, 2022
Today’s National Space Council Meeting
Today’s National Space Council Meeting

Keith’s note: Late last night, under embargo, the White House provided insight into the main things that will be discussed today in Houston at the National Space Council meeting: “Inspire, Prepare, and Employ the Space Workforce”. There will also be updates on the ISS, the UAG, and commercial space activities. But education is apparently the main focus. You can watch all the fun starting at 2:20 pm EDT at https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/ (Much) more detail below:

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  • NASA Watch
  • September 9, 2022
Stealth National Space Council Meeting (Update)
Stealth National Space Council Meeting (Update)

Keith’s note: According to a media advisory sent out by the White House last week: “On Friday, September 9, 2022, Vice President Harris will chair the second National Space Council meeting at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) as well as tour JSC facilities.” Nothing but crickets since then – absolutely no public information as to what the VP and the people at this meeting will actually do – and no one seems to care. 10:06 PM EDT Update: The White House said something.

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  • NASA Watch
  • September 8, 2022
Yet Another Pointless NASA Advisory Council Meeting
Yet Another Pointless NASA Advisory Council Meeting

NASA Advisory Council Meeting “Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Eastern Time; and Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The agenda for the meeting will include reports on the following NAC priority focus areas: -Climate Change -Commercial and Industry Partnerships -Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility -International Collaboration -Program Management and Acquisition The agenda for the meeting will also include reports from the following NAC committees: -Aeronautics […]

  • NASA Watch
  • August 9, 2022
Does Anyone Know Where The National Space Council Is Hiding? (Re-Repost)
Does Anyone Know Where The National Space Council Is Hiding? (Re-Repost)

Keith’s note: It is June July August 2022. The last time the National Space Council poked its head out through the curtains was December 2021. Six Seven Eight months. Does anyone know what they are doing? If you go to the official National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group (NSpC UAG) page at NASA you are greeted with banner image of the Trump Administration’s UAG. If you go to the membership […]

  • NASA Watch
  • August 9, 2022
Does Anyone Know Where The National Space Council Is Hiding? (Repost)
Does Anyone Know Where The National Space Council Is Hiding? (Repost)

Keith’s note: It is June July 2022. The last time the National Space Council poked its head out through the curtains was December 2021. Six months. Does anyone know what they are doing? If you go to the official National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group (NSpC UAG) page at NASA you are greeted with banner image of the Trump Administration’s UAG. If you go to the membership roster page it […]

  • NASA Watch
  • July 25, 2022
NASA, OSTP, NSpC, UAG, NAC Etc. Will Ignore This Report
NASA, OSTP, NSpC, UAG, NAC Etc. Will Ignore This Report

People Unaware and Concerned When It Comes to Space, Finds Landmark Report by Inmarsat, Inmarsat “The world is largely unaware of key activities in space, with Gen-Z twice as likely to associate space with aliens, Star Wars and billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos than older generations, according to the largest representative survey of global consumer attitudes towards space1, unveiled by Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite […]

  • NASA Watch
  • June 29, 2022
Does Anyone Know Where The National Space Council Is Hiding?
Does Anyone Know Where The National Space Council Is Hiding?

Keith’s note: It is June 2022. The last time the National Space Council poked its head out through the curtains was December 2021. Six months. Does anyone know what they are doing? If you go to the official National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group (NSpC UAG) page at NASA you are greeted with banner image of the Trump Administration’s UAG. If you go to the membership roster page it lists […]

  • NASA Watch
  • June 1, 2022
VP Harris Talks To Astronaut Mark Vande Hei

Keith’s note: This 5 minute conversation was recorded on 6 April 2022. The White house called Vande Hei’s cellphone. It then took The White House and NASA took 19 days to post it. FWIW the whole thing sounds mostly scripted. From the White House: “On April 6th 2022, Vice President Kamala Harris called NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei, who returned to Earth on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, after 355 days […]

  • NASA Watch
  • April 25, 2022
VP Harris Addresses National Security Norms in Space
VP Harris Addresses National Security Norms in Space

Vice President Harris Advances National Security Norms in Space “Today at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, Vice President Kamala Harris announced that the United States commits not to conduct destructive, direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) missile testing, and that the United States seeks to establish this as a new international norm for responsible behavior in space. The Vice President also called on other nations to make similar commitments and to work […]

  • NASA Watch
  • April 18, 2022
White House Wants $26 Billion For NASA In FY 2023
White House Wants $26 Billion For NASA In FY 2023

Budget summary for @NASA in FY 2023 “The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) inspires the Nation by sending astronauts and robotic missions to explore the solar system, advances the Nation’s understanding of the Earth and space, and develops new technologies and approaches to improve aviation and space activities. The President’s 2023 Budget for NASA invests in: human and robotic exploration of the Moon; new technologies to improve the Nation’s […]

  • NASA Watch
  • March 28, 2022
Build Back Better Setback At OSTP
Build Back Better Setback At OSTP

Biden’s top science adviser, Eric Lander, resigns amid reports of bullying, Politico “President Joe Biden’s top science adviser, Eric Lander, resigned on Monday evening under an avalanche of backlash over reports of his bullying and mistreatment of subordinates. The resignation came despite initial insistence from the White House that Lander would remain in his post while corrective actions and remediations were applied to assure a better workplace environment at the […]

  • NASA Watch
  • February 7, 2022
NAC Vs PAO On Transparency

NAC notes: Wayne Hale, closing today's NASA Advisory Council meeting, suggested the agency would be better served by increased transparency, citing public affairs "happy words" vs more frequent briefings/discussion of technical challenges, problems and solutions — William Harwood (@cbs_spacenews) January 19, 2022

  • NASA Watch
  • January 19, 2022
Space Team Biden Report Card At Mission Day 365
Space Team Biden Report Card At Mission Day 365

One Year into the Biden Administration, NASA Looks to Future “Since President Biden and Vice President Harris were sworn in one year ago, their administration has made generational progress for Americans – and made NASA a priority. This spring, as Artemis I lifts off from Kennedy Space Center, the world will once again witness America’s unrivaled ingenuity and inspiration as NASA prepares the next generation to return to the Moon […]

  • NASA Watch
  • January 19, 2022