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Chris Scolese and Other NASA Officials to Brief NRC Space Boards on FY2010 Budget Request

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 07-May-2009 (Updated: 05-Dec-2011 06:13 PM)

The NRC's Space Studies Board (SSB) and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) will receive briefings from NASA and other administration and congressional officials on NASA's FY2010 budget request May 12-14, 2009. The briefings are open to the public and will be held in the Meridian Room at the One Washington Circle hotel, Washington DC.

Tuesday, May 12, ASEB

Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator for Aeronautics 9:30-11:30 am

Wednesday, May 13 , ASEB & SSB jointly

Christopher Scolese, Acting NASA Administrator 9:00-10:00 am

John Olson, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate 10:15-11:15 am

David Radzanowski, Space Operations Mission Directorate 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

OMB and OSTP staff 1:15-2:30 pm

Congressional staff 2:45 -4:00 pm

Thursday, May 14, SSB

Charles Gay, Science Mission Directorate 8:30-10:00 am

For further information, contact Carmela Chamberlain (

Augustine to Lead Independent Assessment of Options for Future Human Space Flight

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 07-May-2009 (Updated: 05-Dec-2011 06:12 PM)

Norman Augustine (Lockheed Martin, ret.) will lead the White House-ordered independent assessment of options for the future of the U.S. human space flight program. NASA has scheduled a teleconference for May 8, 2009 at 11:30 am with Mr. Augustine to discuss the assessment. Audio will be available on NASA's website at

Acting NASA Administrator Christopher Scolese formally announced the selectionn of Mr. Augustine to lead the review in reply to a letter from the President's Science Adviser, John Holdren. Other members of the blue ribbon panel are yet to be named. The May 7, 2009 letters are posted on NASA's budget website.

View PDF of letter from Holdren to Scolese requesting the study.

View PDF of letter from Scolese to Holdren naming Augustine as chair of the blue ribbon panel..

NASA FY2010 Budget Briefing May 7 2:30 pm

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 06-May-2009 (Updated: 05-Dec-2011 06:15 PM)

NASA Acting Administrator Christopher Scolese will hold a press briefing on NASA's detailed FY2010 budget request on May 7, 2009 at 2:30 pm. It will be held in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington, DC. To watch the event on the Web, go to

Memorial Service for Eilene M. Galloway to be Held June 6, Washington DC

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 05-May-2009 (Updated: 05-Dec-2011 06:15 PM)

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Dr. Eilene M. Galloway will be held June 6, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Condolences may be sent to:

Jonathan Galloway
4612 29th Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

GPS Hearing on May 7 Will Have Witnesses from GAO, Air Force, DOD, DOT, Onstar, and U.S. GPS Council

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 05-May-2009 (Updated: 05-Dec-2011 06:14 PM)

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs has announced its witnesses for the May 7 hearing: "GPS: Can We Avoid a Gap in Service?"

  • Cristina Chaplain, GAO
  • Maj. Gen. William McCasland, director of space acquisition, Office of the Undersecretary of the Air Force
  • Steve Huybrechts, Office of the Asst Secretary of Defense, Networks and Information Integration/Chief Information Office
  • Lt. Gen. Larry James, Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command
  • Karen Van Dyke, Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration
  • Michael Swiek, United States GPS Industry Council
  • Chet Huber, President, OnStar Corporation

The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 am in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

"Launching a New Mission: Michael Griffin and NASA's Return to the Moon" by W. Henry Lambright

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 05-May-2009 (Updated: 05-Dec-2011 06:12 PM)

"Launching a New Mission: Michael Griffin and NASA's Return to the Moon" by Syracuse University's W. Henry Lambright assesses Mike Griffin's years as NASA Administrator from a public administration perspective.

View PDF

This is the third in series of studies about the management styles of NASA Administrators.

"He won some battles and lost others. ... Griffin's experience thus illuminates the possibilities and limits of leadership in getting a major new fed_eral initiative underway, with limited time, in a harsh political and financial environment."

This is the third in a series of monographs about the management styles of NASA Administrators by Dr. Lambright from research sponsored by the IBM Center for the Business of Government. The previous reports are:

Transforming Government: Dan Goldin and the Remaking of NASA

Executive Response to Changing Fortune: Sean O'Keefe as NASA Administrator

NASA Submits Three Congressionally Required Reports on Shuttle

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 04-May-2009 (Updated: 05-Dec-2011 06:15 PM)

NASA has submitted three reports required by the 2008 NASA Authorization Act (P.L. 110-422) related to the space shuttle. The first responds to language directing NASA to take no action that would preclude the continued safe and effective flight of the space shuttle after FY2010 before April 30, 2009 in order to give a new President an opportunity to decide the shuttle's fate. View PDF .

The second responds to direction that NASA study the impacts of extending the shuttle to support International Space Station operations for either a 1-2 year term, or a 3-6 year term. View PDF .

The third responds to direction that NASA report on the lack of a human spaceflight system to replace the shuttle upon its retirement. View PDF .

House Oversight & Gov't Reform Schedules Hearing on "GPS: Can We Avoid a Gap in Service?"

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 04-May-2009 (Updated: 05-Dec-2011 06:14 PM)

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs has scheduled a hearing on "GPS: Can We Avoid a Gap in Service?" for May 7, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Witnesses have not been announced. Note: Times and witnesses for congressional hearings are subject to change. Check with the committee for the most up-to-date information:

Dr. Eilene M. Galloway

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 02-May-2009 (Updated: 05-Dec-2011 06:13 PM)

Eilene Galloway, one of the first and foremost experts in space policy and space law, lost a long battle with cancer on May 2, 2009, two days short of her 103rd birthday. She passed away in the Washington, D.C. home in which she had lived since 1941, surrounded by family.

On the day the Space Age began with the Soviet launch of Sputnik, October 4, 1957, Dr. Galloway was a senior specialist in national defense and international relations at the Legislative Reference Service (now the Congressional Research Service), Library of Congress. Leaders of the Senate and the House both turned to her to help determine how the United States should respond to this startling development. Dr. Galloway worked with then-Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson and the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold a series of hearings. Dr. Galloway often commented on how those hearings, and the testimony of scientists and engineers engaged in the International Geophysical Year (IGY), "turned fear into hope" as everyone came to understand the tremendous potential of using space for peaceful purposes.

She also worked with then-Speaker of the House John McCormack and others in the House and Senate in drafting the law that created NASA.

She was instrumental especially in drafting Section 205, which allows NASA to engage in international space activities. Dr. Galloway was passionate about international cooperation, and was closely involved in the formation of the International Institute of Space Law and the International Academy of Astronautics and was an active participant in those organizations.

Dr. Galloway was similarly passionate about preventing weapons from being launched into space, and the need for human exploration of space.

Dr. Galloway retired from CRS in 1975, but continued to write and speak about space policy and space law. Her most recent op-ed article -- Space Law for a Moon-Mars Program -- was published in Space News on March 30, 2009.

She leaves her son, Jonathan, currently a Vice President of the International Institute of Space Law, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Washington, DC, probably in June.

To see three short videoclips of a NASA interview as she turned 100 in 2006, click here.

Senate Armed Services to Hold Closed Hearing on Space Issues

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 01-May-2009 (Updated: 05-Dec-2011 06:16 PM)

The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a closed hearing on space issues for May 6, 2009 at 2:15 pm. Closed hearings are not open to the public. Scheduled witnesses are a representative from Air Combat Command on "A Day Without Space"; a representative from the National Air-Space Intelligence Center on "space threats"; General Robert Kehler, Commander of Air Force Space Command; and Air Force Lt. Gen. Larry James, commander of the 14th Air Force.

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