In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The U.S. Senate has joined with the House in passing a budget continuing resolution (CR) for the 2020 fiscal year, which begins October 1. The Senate Appropriations Committee has also passed a NASA 2020 spending measure. India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lunar lander continues to elude efforts by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to spot the spacecraft, which is assumed to have landed hard.
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Senate approves FY 2020 CR, CJS bill advances in committeeSpacepolicyonline.com (9/26): The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a budget continuing resolution (CR) needed to prevent a federal government shutdown, including NASA, when the 2019 fiscal year ends September 30 and the 2020 fiscal year begins October 1. The House passed a CR, which holds 2020 fiscal year spending at 2019 levels, last week. The measure, which would keep the government active until November 21, now awaits President Trump’s signature. NASA leadership has stated previously the absence of a 2020 fiscal year budget approved by Congress and signed into law by the president could jeopardize efforts to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024.
Senate appropriators advance bill funding NASA despite uncertainties about Artemis costsSpaceNews.com (9/27): ...