Harris’ Network and Space Operations and Maintenance Contract is one of several being eyed for consolidation as the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center copes with shrinking budgets.
A NASA white paper says: “Explorers go with the intent of returning to tell their story and point the way for future forays. Pioneers go with the intent to establish a permanent presence.”
U.S. government witnesses agreed that developing a new U.S. rocket engine is a priority, but were unable to map out a clear path forward.
NASA’s Human Research Program and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute will fund 26 proposals to investigate questions about astronaut health and performance on future deep-space exploration missions.
I am deeply concerned about the state of NASA’s human spaceflight program and, ultimately, American leadership in space for the 21st century.