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Today’s Deep Space Extra

4 Oct 2021, 18:19 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Bill Nelson continues to express confidence in funding for Artemis. The agency turns to the private sector for spacesuit development.

Human Space ExplorationNelson remains confident regarding funding for ArtemisSpaceNews.com (10/3): In a September 30 interview, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson expressed confidence that Congress will provide the agency with funding to allow it to select a second lunar lander developer despite a lack of public progress on funding and concerns about the effect an ongoing protest could have on congressional support. The House Science Committee’s portion of a reconciliation package provides $4 billion for NASA infrastructure, and around $400 million for Earth science and cybersecurity. The full House has yet to take up the reconciliation bill amid negotiations with the Senate about the size of the overall package. The Senate has yet to begin consideration of its version of the reconciliation package. Nelson said he remained hopeful that the Senate will support additional funding for NASA, including the Human Landing System (HLS) program.
After years of futility, NASA turns to private sector for spacesuit helpArs Technica (10/1): Last week, NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) issued a call to industry for new spacesuits. ...

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