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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending June 18, 2021

This week the House and Senate held hearings for FY2022 budget requests. Juneteenth becomes first new U.S. National Holiday in nearly 40 years. Pam Melroy was confirmed as NASA Deputy Administrator and Rick Spinrad also passed on voice vote to become NOAA Administrator. Sign Up for Space Symposium 365 Register here to access key events…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending June 4, 2021

This week, Eric Lander was sworn in as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). NASA announced two new exciting missions, DAVINCI+ and VERITAS, to Venus at the State of NASA event. Register for the 36th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs this August Confirmed Speakers for Space Symposium include: Senator…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending May 21, 2021

The space community celebrated National Space Day last week. This week, the House voted on a bundle of STEM bills and held a hearing with Administrator Nelson on the FY2022 Budget for NASA. The Senate held a nomination hearing for Pam Melroy to be Deputy Administrator of NASA, and Rick Spinrad to be Under Secretary…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending May 7, 2021

This week, Vice President Harris swore in former Senator Bill Nelson as the 14th NASA Administrator. The space community celebrated May the Fourth. Register for the 36th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs this August This year Space Symposium will be a hybrid event, providing both live programming for in-person attendees, as well as digital access…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending April 23, 2021

This week, the world celebrated Earth Day, and NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter successfully took its first of five scheduled flights on Mars. Later in the week, the Senate held a confirmation hearing for former Senator Bill Nelson to be the next NASA Administrator, and NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission successfully launched from Cape Canaveral. Also this week,…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending April 9, 2021

This week, the NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter was safely released from its protective housing beneath the Perseverance rover on the surface of the Red Planet, has survived harsh temperatures as low as -117ºF, and also snapped its first color photo in the leadup to its first flight, anticipated to be within the next few days.…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending March 26, 2021

This week, the House and Senate were both in session. President Biden nominated former Florida Senator Bill Nelson to be NASA administrator last Friday. Portions of Biden’s FY2022 budget request are expected to be released this week, which will allow appropriators to start on their NASA and defense budget deliberations next week. Prerelease: ‘The Space…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending March 12, 2021

This week, we celebrate International Women’s Day by recognizing the women who have played key roles in space programs around the globe. In Washington, DC, the Senate and House passed one of Congress’s largest economic relief bills, a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, which President Biden is expected to sign on Friday. Article: The Race…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending February 26, 2021

New images emerged this week, following last week’s successful landing of the Mars Perseverance rover in the Jezero Crater on Mars, including this panorama of the landing site assembled from 142 images. Closer to home, the House Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee held the first space hearings on Near-Peer Advancements in Space and Nuclear…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending February 12, 2021

This week Congress attempted to balance moving forward on Biden administration priorities like coronavirus relief, with the impeachment trial of former President Trump. Meanwhile, two of the three probes launched to Mars last summer reached the planet’s orbit — the United Arab Emirates’ Hope orbiter, and China’s Tianwen-1. The Space Report Quarter 4, 2020 now available…

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