In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A U.S. Senate bid Thursday to end a record partial U.S. government shutdown failed. Russian space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin receives a scolding over agency performance issues. Blue Origin will break ground Friday in Huntsville, Alabama, on a new BE-4 rocket engine production facility.
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Senators negotiate in hopes of ending shutdown as dueling plans fail
Washington Post (1/24): Congressional anxiety over a record partial U.S. government shutdown, underway since December 22 over a failure to reach an agreement with the White House over southern border security, mounted late Thursday after two Senate measures to end a stalemate failed. One backed the border wall favored by President Trump, the other omitted the controversial wall. An estimated 800,000 employees of civilian agencies that include NASA and NOAA will miss out on a second paycheck Friday as a result of the shutdown.
Russian space chief told to drop grandiose talk, get more done
Ars Technica (1/24): Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev presented Dmitry Rogozin, chief of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, with a scolding this week over largely inherited and lingering agency performance issues. Each incident, like the Soyuz launch abort in October with ...