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Today’s Deep Space Extra

13 Jul 2021, 14:38 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Bill increasing NASA’s budget advances in the House. Gateway elements make progress. KSC to host launch viewing for Starliner’s OFT-2.

Human Space ExplorationHouse appropriations bill supports increase to NASA’s budgetSpaceNews.com (7/12): The U.S. House Appropriations’ Commerce, Justice, and Science subcommittee during a markup session on Monday approved $25.04 billion in appropriations for NASA in FY2022, approximately 1% more than the Biden administration’s request of $24.8 billion, and 7.6% percent more than the $23.3 billion appropriated for 2021. The biggest change is in NASA’s exploration account, which would get $7.28 billion, nearly $400 million above the request, with much of the proposed rise intended for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Exploration Ground Systems. “Congress must ensure the future of the SLS includes a cargo variant, which, in fact, has long been part of the NASA plan,” said U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), the subcommittee’s ranking member, during the markup. Aderholt mentioned the nuclear thermal propulsion funding in his comments at the markup and said he was disappointed that the bill does not require the funding to support a flight demonstration by 2024. The bill is so far silent on the lunar Human ...

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