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White House Proposes $19.1B NASA Budget for Fiscal 2018

President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal would allocate $19.1 billion for NASA, which represents a $561 million reduction from the agency’s budget under the FY 2017 omnibus spending bill, Space News reported Tuesday. Trump proposed scrapping five Earth science programs to help NASA save approximately $191 million and shut down the agency’s Office of Education, …

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NASA Plans Earth Science Data Acquisition From Small Satellite Operators

NASA looks to procure imaging and radio occultation data from commercial small satellite companies to help address the space agency’s Earth science research goals, Space News reported Wednesday. Jeff Foust writes NASA’s budget request for fiscal year 2017 includes $30 million for satellite development and data acquisition efforts under the Small Satellite Constellations Initiative. …

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NASA Picks University of Oklahoma-Led Team for $166M Geostationary Vegetation, Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Mission

NASA has chosen a consortium led by the University of Oklahoma for a five-year Earth science mission to measure greenhouse gases and vegetation health from space as part of efforts to better understand the planet’s natural exchanges of carbon between the atmosphere, land and ocean. The Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory initiative aims to monitor plant health …

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NASA’s Scatterometer Wraps Up Operations Aboard ISS

A NASA Earth science instrument has ended operations after a two-year mission to monitor ocean winds aboard the International Space Station. NASA said Monday the ISS-Rapid Scatterometer is designed to measure wind speed and direction over the ocean surface to help agencies forecast weather and monitor tropical cyclones. “The data from ISS-RapidScat …

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NASA Unveils Agency’s FY 2016 Financial Report; David Radzanowski Comments

NASA has released its fiscal year 2016 Agency Financial Report that details the agency’s financial results and performance from the year’s financial statements that received an unmodified audit opinion with a “clean” mark for a sixth consecutive year. The space agency said Thursday it received highest-possible opinion from an external auditor and results …

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NASA & Russian Personnel Launch on Soyuz for ISS Science Investigation Mission

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko have launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian made space rocket headed to the International Space Station. NASA said Wednesday the three Expedition 49 participants will conduct more than 250 science investigations in areas such as biology, …

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Space News: NASA, China in Talks Over Earth Science Mission

NASA and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have engaged in bilateral talks over a potential collaboration for a future Chinese Earth science mission, Space News reported Thursday. Jeff Foust writes NASA’s Earth science division head Michael Freilich met with Chinese officials in July to discuss research coordination between the U.S. and China. NASA spokesman …

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