In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. Senate budget numbers for 2020 would increase NASA’s budget by $1.25 billion over 2019. Northrop Grumman is readying a cargo mission launch to the International Space Station (ISS) from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia early Saturday.
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Senate passes NASA appropriations billSpaceNews.com (11/1): The Senate passed a spending bill Oct. 31 that provides $22.75 billion for NASA in fiscal year 2020, but final agreement on funding for agency programs may still be weeks, if not months, away. On an 84–9 vote, the Senate approved a so-called “minibus” appropriations bill that combined several separate measures, including the commerce, justice and science (CJS) bill that funds NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), among other agencies. The minibus also included the transportation, housing and urban development bill, which funds the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
3-2-1-Cookoff! Astronauts to bake cookies with new test ovenCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanAssociated Press via New York Times (10/31): NanoRack’s Zero G Oven is among a four ton cargo mission to the six person International Space Station (ISS) set to launch Saturday atop a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket from ...