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Today’s Deep Space Extra

29 Oct 2021, 17:37 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A scaled-down version of the Build Back Better bill greatly reduces funds for NASA infrastructure upgrades. NASA’s VIPER lunar rover passed its Critical Design Review.

Human Space FlightRevised budget reconciliation package reduces NASA infrastructure fundsSpaceNews.com (10/29): A new scaled-down, $1.75 billion Build Back Better bill released Thursday, includes $750 million for NASA infrastructure upgrades, $140 million for Earth science, and $220 million for aeronautics, while a portion of the original bill approved by the House Science Committee in September included $4 billion for NASA infrastructure, $163 million for Earth science, and $225 million for aeronautics. The bill also continues to leave out funds for a second lunar Human Landing System (HLS).
VIPER lunar rover passes key milestoneSpacePolicyOnline.com (10/28): NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) has passed its Critical Design Review (CDR), a milestone indicating that the rover has a completed design and has been approved by an independent NASA review board. The mission can now turn its attention to the construction of the rover itself. As part of the Artemis program, the VIPER mission is managed out of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, and its primary objective is to get a ...

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