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Today’ Deep Space Extra

27 Jul 2020, 13:02 UTC
Today’ Deep Space Extra
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In Today’ Deep Space Extra… A busy week is in store for the space community. There’s the launch Thursday of NASA’s Perseverance Mars 2020 rover. NASA Demo-2 astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley conclude their two month test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) late Saturday and Sunday. The U.S. House appears likely to addresses NASA’s 2021 budget on Wednesday.
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Amendments to FY 2021 minibus seek $2.6 billion more for NASA, changes for other civil space officesSpacepolicyonline.com (7/27): Potentially on Wednesday, the full U.S. House will address a collection of appropriations measures called a “minibus” which includes 2021 spending for NASA, which is part of the Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill. NASA emerged from the Appropriations Committee with $22.6 billion, the same as appropriated for 2020, but $2.6 billion less than requested by the White House. Hit hard was a request in 2021 for $3.37 billion for a Human Landing System (HLS) to shuttle astronauts between lunar orbit and the surface of the Moon. A bipartisan group of eight House members are backing an amendment to match the administration’s $25.2 billion 2021 request. The Senate has yet to consider the issue.
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