Bolden Confirmation Hearing Could Be Held Next Week


The Orlando Sentinel has a short item indicating that the Senate could have a hearing on the nomination of Charles Bolden for NASA Administrator next week. Plans are for Bolden and the deputy administrator, Lori Garver, to be confirmed before the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20. There seem to be no significant opposition to either candidate.

Officials Break Ground for Commercial Launch Complex in Virginia

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia

WALLOPS: Groundbreaking held at Space Station launchpad

Maryland and Virginia officials held a groundbreaking at a Monday ceremony marking the start of construction of a new launchpad and other facilities to support Orbital Science Corporation’s Taurus II rocket program.


Panel Discussions at NASA Ames All Summer



News media and the public are invited to join students who recently arrived at NASA Ames Research Center for the 2009 International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Program for a series of Space Panels in July and August.

Panel discussions will take place from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. PDT in Building 3 in the NASA Research Park and will be followed by a reception and news media interview opportunity from 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. PDT, on the following dates:


Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Lunar Engine Technology


Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has demonstrated rocket engine technology that may enable the return of American astronauts to the moon.

Working with NASA on the TR202 lunar descent engine, the company has successfully demonstrated stable combustion over a broad throttling range, utilizing high-performance pintle injector technology. The ability to throttle thrust level over a wide range is critical to providing a soft, precision lunar landing with hazard avoidance capability.


AIAA Pushes STEM Education


The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will present a “Passport to the Future” Teacher Workshop on Aug. 3 – 4 at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center. The event will be sponsored by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.


Roskosmos Administrator Perminov Speaks About Past, Present and Future ISS Cooperation


Summary of Speech by Anatoly Perminov, Roscosmos Head During Videoconference with the Heads of the Space Agencies Involved in the ISS Program
ESA Headquarters in Paris
June 17, 2009

Concerning NASA`s current summary plan of human spaceflights in the International Space Station program, the issues related to transport and cargo supply support of the station are critical for us, since Roscosmos today puts significant efforts into maintaining human habitation in the space station, including crew rotation, rescue, payload delivery, under NASA`s orders as well. We are endorsing NASA endeavors to accelerate development of the Orion crew transport system and the Ares-1 launch vehicle.


University of Plymouth Hosts Space Agency Summit


University of Plymouth Press Release

The University of Plymouth is hosting a special civic reception to welcome senior personnel from the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA this weekend. The agencies’ annual summit, as well as an exciting week-long exhibition featuring Bridget – the ExoMars Rover – will also take place at the university.


NASA Selects 9 New Astronauts

International Space Station
International Space Station


After reviewing more than 3500 applications, NASA has selected nine men and women for the 2009 astronaut candidate class. They will begin training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, in August.


Space Show to Feature NewSpace, Andrew Chaikin

The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston under will have the following guests this week:

1. Monday, June 29, 2009, 2-3:30 PM PDT (21-22:30 GMT)
James Pura and Ryan McLinko come to discuss the upcoming NewSpace Conference at NASA Ames from July 17-20, 2009.

2. Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 1, 2-3:30 GMT)
Dr. Paul Mueller returns to discuss the ESRA rocket competitions just completed in Utah. He is joined by winning students Adam Vore and David Stechmann.

3. Friday, July 3, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT (16:30-18:30 GMT)
Dr. Stuart Eves from Surrey Satellite in the U.K returns. Dr. Stuart Eves is a Principal Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in Guildford in the UK.

4. Sunday, July 5, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT (19-20:30 GMT)
Noted author Andrew Chaikin returns to discuss his new books, “Voices From The Moon” and “Mission Control, This is Apollo.”

Phobos-Grunt to Fly Bacteria on Round Trip to Mars Orbit

Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft
Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft


Russian interplanetary probe Phobos-Grunt will have passengers. There are earth`s bacteria. They will fly from the Earth to Mars and back and undergo space cold and radiation. Scientists want to use the bacteria to find out whether life of our planet could have been brought from space.

Lev Zeleny, director of RAS Space Research Institute, explains that the goal of this mission is to check if bacteria can survive in outer space, for example, if they fly on the surface of meteor.