In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. House and Senate appropriators are working on a new 2018 budget continuing resolution to prevent a possible March 23 shutdown. Scott and Mark Kelly are still identical twins. NASA close to a decision on whether to include a drone on its Mars 2020 rover mission.
Negotiations continue on final 2018 omnibus spending bill
Space News (3/15): The U.S. government is still without a budget for the 2018 fiscal year that began last October 1. The latest in a series of budget continuing resolutions intended to keep federal agencies, including NASA, operating expires on March 23. Negotiations for an extension without a government workforce shutdown are continuing between members of the House and Senate.
Human Space Exploration
No, Scott Kelly’s year in space didn’t mutate his DNA
National Geographic (3/15): Scores of stories reporting that Kelly’s DNA is substantially different now are missing some basic facts about how biology works. The stories misrepresent the results of a study NASA commissioned on the effects of spaceflight by confusing changes in genetic sequence with changes in gene expression levels.
NASA to decide soon whether flying drone will launch with ...