In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A new NASA authorization measure that would ease the date for a NASA managed human return to the surface of the Moon cleared its first markup at the subcommittee level on Wednesday and now heads to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. The U.S. General Accountability Office expresses new concerns about the certification of NASA Commercial Crew Program launch services and the impact delays will have on research aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
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House Subcommittee clears NASA Authorization bill, but it’s just the beginningSpacepolicyonline.com (1/30): A 2020 NASA Authorization bill, introduced late last Friday by the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Space Subcommittee that would ease the urgency of an accelerated 2024 return to the surface of the Moon by NASA with human explorers cleared its first markup session on Wednesday afternoon. Subcommittee leadership suggested NASA could still aim for 2024 rather than the measure’s 2028 goal that also introduces a human mission to Mars orbit by 2033. Changes are anticipated as the measure now moves to the full Science, Space and Technology Committee, perhaps in February.
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