In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The U.S. Senate and House found a bipartisan path to avoid another partial government shutdown, while funding agencies like NASA through September 30. Meanwhile, NASA brass met Thursday with commercial launch services providers to stress an urgency over returning to the Moon, first with science and tech payloads, then human explorers. Praise for the Opportunity rover’s long mission at Mars just keeps coming.
Congress approves FY 2019 appropriations to avoid another shutdown, now up to Trump
Spacepolicyonline.com (2/14): By late Thursday, the U.S. Senate and House agreed to a bipartisan $328 billion federal government spending measure for the remainder of the 2019 fiscal year, of thru September 30, which would avoid another partial government shutdown affecting a number of civilian agencies, including NASA and NOAA. The legislation moved on to President Trump, who indicated he will sign the measure before a midnight Friday deadline, though he’s not pleased with how lawmakers dealt with his immigration policy objectives, including the construction of a border wall. The President has vowed to declare a national emergency in order to extend a border wall. The current legislation includes $21.5 billion for NASA. The President’s request for NASA was ...