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Today’s Deep Space Extra

3 Aug 2020, 13:04 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The House passed the FY2021 appropriation for several agencies, including NASA, on Friday. Demo-2 NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned safely to Earth Sunday afternoon, splashing down in the Gulf waters off Pensacola, Florida. NASA budget deliberations focused on the future human exploration of the Moon continue.
Space Budget/Policy
House passes FY2021 appropriations for NASA, NOAA AND FAASpacepolicyonline.com (7/31): The U.S. House 2021 minibus appropriations bill approved by the full House on Friday includes $22.6 billion for NASA for the fiscal year that begins October 1, a funding measure equivalent to the FY2020 top line. The bill provides strong support for NASA’s next generation Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion as well as for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The bill lacks the funding requested by the White House to develop a commercial Human Lander System (HLS) needed to achieve a 2024 return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon. A bipartisan effort to increase NASA spending by $2.6 billion to fund the lander’s development failed. As a result, the bill provides $628 million for the lander development, rather than the $3.4 billion sought by NASA. The Senate has yet ...

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