In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Looming negotiations among members of the U.S. House and Senate over a budget continuing resolution to avoid a federal government shutdown with the October 1 start of the 2020 fiscal year could jeopardize efforts by NASA to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024. Deadlines in space are a part of the success formula, as JFK’s “We choose to go to the Moon….” speech reminds us. NASA’s many missions inspire, fuel STEM.
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House passes short-term spending bill, punting shutdown fight to NovemberWashington Post (9/19): On Thursday, the U.S. House passed a stopgap budget measure, or continuing resolution (CR) intended to prevent a federal government shutdown through November 21. It covers the period beginning October 1, the start of the 2020 fiscal year. The House and Senate have not completed work on a 2020 budget. The Senate plans to vote on a CR next week. If passed by both chambers and signed by President Trump, the CR will hold spending at 2019 levels, a concern for NASA’s Artemis initiative to accelerate the return of human explorers to the lunar surface from 2028 to 2024.
House passes 7-week ...