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Augustine Human Space Flight Report Available Thursday

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Human Space Flight Review Committee Chairman Norman Augustine will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. EDT, on Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, in Washington.

Augustine will be accompanied by committee member Ed Crawley. Printed copies of the committee’s final report will be available during the press conference and an electronic copy of the report will be posted to the committee’s Web site at the start of the briefing.


U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Statement on Threats to NASA’s Budget

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(Abvoe) Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 40th anniversary celebration held at the National Air and Space Museum.

TUCSON – U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, chairwoman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, today released the following statement on funding challenges facing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. According to a group led by Norm Augustine, the former CEO of Lockheed Martin, budget constraints make it virtually impossible to sustain manned missions to the Moon, Mars or further into space in coming decades.

The Augustine panel is telling us something we already knew — that NASA’s exploration program has been starved for funding and the good work being done by NASA’s civil servants and contractors risks being undone by shortsighted bean-counting.

Congress has spoken with near unanimity over the past four years in support of a robust initiative to explore our solar system, including utilization of the International Space Station and a return to the Moon on our way to other destinations. To achieve this goal, however, we need a sustained national commitment, including adequate funding.

The Obama Administration and Congress have a singular opportunity to ensure that America remains a preeminent space-faring nation over the coming decades. The rest of the world is watching, and my hope is that we step up to the challenge.


Augustine and HSF Members Brief OST & NASA

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(Above) Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee on Augutst 12, 2009

On Friday, Norm Augustine and the committee members met with OSTP (Office of Science and Technology Policy) and NASA senior management. The meeting was basically a recapitulation of what was presented in the public session on Wednesday, August 12.

The HSF committee’s next step is to prepare the final report which will add more depth and text around what was presented and decided on Wednesday, but it will contain the same primary message. Report availability date is TBD.


U.S. Likely Won’t Send Man Back to Moon by 2020

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The Washington Post:

NASA doesn’t have nearly enough money to meet its goal of putting astronauts back on the moon by 2020 — and it might be the wrong place to go, anyway. That’s one of the harsh messages emerging from a sweeping review of NASA’s human space flight program.

The Human Space Flight Plans Committee, appointed by President Obama and headed by retired aerospace executive Norman Augustine, has been trying to stitch together some kind of plausible strategy for America’s manned space program. The panel has struggled to find options that stay under the current budget and include missions worthy of the cost and effort.

View the Full Article at The Washington Post


Final Agenda for Human Space Flight Review Committee

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Agenda (Final)

1:00pm – 5:00pm Committee Deliberations.

  • Discussion of Final Options
  • Discussion of Final Report
  • Discussion of Close-out Activities

Today’s Public Meeting of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee will take place at:

The Ronald Reagan Building
Washington D.C.
August 12,2009
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern


VIDEO: The 2008 Space Debate w/ Walter Cunningham & Lori Garver

Apollo 7 Astronaut Walter Cunningham representing Senator McCain, and former NASA Associate Administrator Lori Garver, representing Senator Obama squared off in a Presidential Space Policy Debate back in August of 2008 at The University of Colorado.

This debate is worth a re-watch as the entire NASA human space flight program is now under review by the Obama Administration.

Obama’s 2010 budget shows a massive decrease in the  total amount of funding available through 2020 for human space exploration. Funding for exploration (2010-2020) nose dived from $108 billion to only $81.5 billion.


Human Space Flight Review Committee Announces Meeting Agendas

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The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee will hold public meetings Aug. 5 and 12. The meetings are open to the public and news media representatives. No registration is required, but seating is limited to the locations’ capacity.

The Aug. 5 meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to noon EDT at the Carnegie Institution, located at 1530 P St. NW in Washington. No press conference is scheduled on Aug. 5. The agenda is:

  • 8:00 a.m. Vision for Space Exploration Background (John Marburger)
  • 8:30 a.m. Mars Society Views on U.S. Human Space Flight (Robert Zubrin)
  • 9:00 a.m. Science-Related Briefings:
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (Elizabeth Cantwell)
  • Earth Science (Anthony Janetos)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics (Marcia Rieke)
  • Planetary Science (Steve Squyres)
  • 10:30 a.m. Arianespace Briefing (Jean-Yves Le Gall)
  • 10:45 a.m. EADS Briefing (Mark Kinnersley)
  • 11:00 a.m. Public comment period
  • 11:15 a.m. Committee public deliberations
  • Noon Committee adjourns

The Aug. 12 meeting will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. EDT at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Amphitheater, located at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington. The agenda is:

  • 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Committee public deliberations:
  • Discussion of final options
  • Discussion of final report
  • Discussion of close-out activities

NASA Television will carry both meetings live on the agency’s media channel. The events may also be viewed on NASA’s Web site. Following the Aug. 12 meeting, committee chairman Norman Augustine will be available to answer questions from news media for approximately 30 minutes.


Confirmation Hearing for New NASA Chief Set

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The Senate confirmation hearings for General Charles Bolden, President Obama’s nominee for NASA Administrator and Lori Garver, Obama’s nominee for Deputy Administrator will be broadcast live Wednesday July 8, 2009.

Tune in at 2:00 PM EDT to watch the Senate hearing live on Galaxy Wire TV.


FULL VIDEO: Augustine Commission First Public Meeting

Video Parts 1,2,3,4,5 & 6  of the first public meeting of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee. AKA The Augustine Commission.


U.S. Human Space Flight Committee-Washington, DC Part 1

U.S. Human Space Flight Committee-Washington, DC Part 2

U.S. Human Space Flight Committee-Washington, DC Part 3

U.S. Human Space Flight Committee-Washington, DC Part 4

U.S. Human Space Flight Committee-Washington, DC Part 5

U.S. Human Space Flight Committee-Washington, DC Part 6

U.S. Human Space Flight Committee-Washington, DC Part 7


Senate Appropriations Committee Backs NASA

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Investing in America’s scientific infrastructure to create new technologies and new jobs.

The bill provides $18.68 billion for NASA, $903 million above the Fiscal Year 2009 level and equal to the President’s request. The total funding includes $3.16 billion for Space Shuttle operations; $2.27 billion for Space Station operations; $3.5 billion for development of the next generation Crew Launch Vehicle and Crew Exploration Vehicle and Cargo Launch Vehicle; $4.5 billion for science; and $507 million for aeronautics research.


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