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Today’s Deep Space Extra

21 May 2021, 14:58 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… President Biden’s choice for NASA deputy administrator, Pamela Melroy, appears before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee for a nomination hearing. Major components of the Artemis II SLS rocket core stage come together.

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Melroy wins strong support at hearing to be NASA deputy administratorSpaceNews.com (5/21): Yesterday, President Biden’s choice for NASA deputy administrator, former astronaut Pamela Melroy, appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee for a nomination hearing that also featured Rick Spinrad, nominee for NOAA Administrator, and Carlos Monje, nominee for Transportation Undersecretary for Policy. In her opening remarks, Melroy said NASA is ready to tackle some of our nation’s most pressing challenges: economic competitiveness, climate change, and maintaining American leadership in science and technology. When questioned about her support for an extension of the International Space Station (ISS) to 2030, Melroy responded she supports the extension. Regarding Russian officials’ suggestions to leave the ISS as soon as the mid-2020s, Melroy said that if confirmed, she looks forward to having a conversation with Roscosmos to learn what they really think because we need to harmonize timing for station future development and successors. Melroy was asked whether resiliency and redundancy ...

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