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Today’s Deep Space Extra

8 Jul 2020, 13:56 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. House appropriators at the Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee level appear to reject a White House sought NASA spending increase to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024. NASA and Boeing outline recommendations to refly the company’s uncrewed CST-100 Starliner test flight from last December.
Human Space ExplorationNo 12 percent increase for NASA as House Appropriators keep NASA at current funding levelCoalition Members in the News – Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop GrummanSpacepolicyonline (7/7): The U.S. House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee on Tuesday rejected the administration’s request to increase NASA’s 2021 budget by 12 percent, an increase intended to back the public/private development of Human Landing Systems (HLS) to shuttle astronauts between lunar orbit and the Moon’s surface in 2024. NASA calls it the Artemis initiative, which is to advance a human return to the surface of the Moon by four years. NASA’s 2021 budget would remain at the 2020 fiscal year level, $22.6 billion, rather than $25.2 billion. The subcommittee is to meet for a markup of the spending measure Wednesday at 9 a.m., EDT. (https://appropriations.house.gov/events/markups/fy-2021-commerce-justice-science-and-related-agencies-subcommittee-markup-meeting). NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine characterized Tuesday’s release as a first step in working through the Senate to ...

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