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Today’s Deep Space Extra

14 Feb 2019, 15:19 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Legislation that could prevent another partial U.S. government shutdown emerged late Wednesday for action by both houses of Congress and the White House. NASA Stennis restarts RS-25 testing. NASA ends record Opportunity rover mission at Mars. SpaceX protests NASA launch services contract award for Jupiter asteroid mission.

Budget
Congress rushes to avert shutdown amid hopeful signs from Trump
Politico (2/13): Congressional negotiators worked late Wednesday on budget legislation intended to avoid another partial government shutdown on Friday, the final day of a temporary spending measure signed into law on January 25. Votes on the measure attempting to address differences between the House and Senate with the White House on immigration policy and other issues must go before the Senate and House before it moves to President Trump for signature. The President has stated wishes to avoid another shutdown. NASA and NOAA are among the civil government agencies forced to weather a record partial shutdown that ended on January 25. Current sticking points include whether to pay federal contract workers for the 35 day December/January partial shutdown.

Human Space Exploration
NASA Stennis restarts RS-25 testing after December abort
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