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

April 9, 2021
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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

March 26, 2021
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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

March 12, 2021
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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

February 26, 2021
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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

February 12, 2021
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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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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending January 29, 2021

January 29, 2021
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This week, the space community honored the memory of the astronauts who perished in the Apollo 1, Space Shuttle Challenger, and Space Shuttle Columbia tragedies, as well as others who lost their lives in the pursuit of space exploration. The House announced key members for the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee,…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021
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Welcome to the New Year, Space Foundation friends! We are looking forward to working with our partners and friends (new and established) this year, and we’re also excited to bring even more new and informative programming to the space community. Sign-up for Space Symposium 365 Register here to follow key events and discussion from industry…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending December 18, 2020

December 17, 2020
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Last week, the National Space Council met for the last time of the year at the Kennedy Space Center. President Trump signed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded until December 18. The Senate passed the final version of the NDAA (H.R. 6395) despite the President’s veto threat. This week, Congressional leaders have continued…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending December 4, 2020

December 3, 2020
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Lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill this week for the last meetings and committee hearings of the year. Senator-elect Mark Kelly (D-AZ) became the fourth astronaut elected to Congress when he was sworn in on Wednesday. There are several items on the Congressional agenda, including the finalizing of FY2021 appropriations and negotiating a stimulus bill. Next…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending November 13, 2020

November 13, 2020
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The Senate Appropriations Committee released the text of a dozen FY2021 bills this week in order to pass a large funding omnibus and prevent a government shutdown in December. However, it is unclear how much progress will be made in a lame duck session. Other priorities Congress must tackle include a coronavirus relief package and…

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