Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz), center, said in January he intended to introduce legislation that would reinstate the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016's RD-180 engine ban. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) questioned whether the Air Force can capably run space programs after trouble with its weather satellite program. Credit: House Armed Services Committee
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Rep. Brian Babin, shown above at a Dec. 2 event featuring a live video chat with ISS astronauts, spoke at a space law symposium Dec. 9 to defend one of H.R. 2262's more controversial provisions: granting U.S. citizens the rights to resources they obtain from asteroids or other bodies beyond Earth. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky
NOAA's GOES-13 satellite suffered an instrument failure Nov. 20 that has halted its flow of infrared sounder data. Credit: NASA artist's concept
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House astronomy night in October (NASA/Joel Kowsky).
A Deep Space Industries concept for a spacecraft that could retrieve space resources from the surface of an asteroid. Credit: Bryan Versteeg / DSI
U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in October.  Credit: Adrian Cadiz/OSD/Flickr
U.S. President Obama taking his veto pen to the original 2016 NDAA. Credit: C-SPAN
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U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Credit: U.S. House/Justin LoFranco
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NASA's commercial crew program is intended to restore the U.S. crew-launch capability lost when the space shuttle was reitred in 2011. Credit: NASA
SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk (left) and Fred Hochber, chairman and president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, talk at the bank's April 2014 conference. Credit: U.S. Ex-Im Bank

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