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Today’s Deep Space Extra

24 Jun 2021, 15:39 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee requests Artemis review.

Human Space ExplorationNelson says Artemis plans pending decision on GAO protestSpaceNews.com (6/23): Yesterday, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson appeared before the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee to testify on NASA’s proposed $24.7 budget for 2022. Asked about a review of the Artemis program, Nelson said the agency is awaiting a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) ruling on protests of the Human Landing System (HLS) award before providing additional timeline and costs associated with plans to return humans to the Moon. The GAO should rule on the protests by August 4. Nelson said he is working out details for schedule and costs with Pam Melroy, recently sworn in as NASA’s deputy administrator, and Bob Cabana, the agency’s associate administrator. As in other hearings, Nelson again urged Congress to fund the HLS program with money from a proposed infrastructure bill. Nelson was asked about the decrease in Exploration funding compared to the prior administration and whether the cut would affect programs within Artemis, to which he responded that it won’t if Congress is generous in giving funds to NASA. The administrator was also asked ...

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