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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending October 30, 2020

October 29, 2020
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The Senate took recess this week following the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, as Washington and the country await the results of the 2020 elections next week. Meanwhile, it was reported that NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover had made it to the halfway point in its journey to the Red Planet, and preparations…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020
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It was an exciting week for the space community. The International Astronautical Congress was held virtually and achieved many important milestones for space policy, especially the signing of the Artemis Accords. In Washington, D.C., the Senate Judiciary Committee held confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Sign Up for Space Symposium 365 Space…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020
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On Thursday night, the Senate passed a short-term continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. The bill extends $1.4 trillion in government funding until December 11. Earlier in the week, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on NASA missions and programs. Sign Up for Space Symposium 365 Space Symposium 365…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020
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It was a busy week in Washington, D.C., as the House was in session and took up various bills including the “Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow” (PROSWIFT) Act. The space community also had a big week, as it was announced that phosphine gas had been detected in…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending September 4, 2020

September 4, 2020
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This week Space Foundation announced the launch of “Space Symposium 365,” providing a digital platform that builds upon the spirit of the traditional annual gathering. Programming will debut in October, offering exclusive digital content to the global space community leading up to the next in-person Symposium, set for August 2021. Introducing Space Symposium 365 “Space…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending August 21, 2020

August 21, 2020
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Announcing New 36th Space Symposium Dates and Introducing Space Symposium 365 The 36th Space Symposium to Be Held on August 22–26, 2021 Space Foundation will reconvene the world’s space community next year at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., August 22–26, 2021. Although there will not be an in-person gathering this year, Space Foundation’s mission, dedication, and stewardship…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending August 7, 2020

August 7, 2020
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Earlier this week, the space community tuned in to see the Crew Dragon splashdown in Pensacola, Fla., and welcomed astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley home from their two-month stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Their safe return officially categorized the joint NASA/SpaceX Demo-2 mission as a success and heralded the return of regular…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020
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For the international space community, this summer, and especially this week have been heavily focused on Mars. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched their historic Hope mission earlier this week from Japan, followed by China’s Tianwen-1 launch. Next week will be NASA’s highly anticipated launch of the Perseverance rover with the mission having cleared its…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending July 10, 2020

July 10, 2020
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It was another busy markup week for House appropriators following last week’s House Armed Services Committee’s full markup of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act. For the space industry, the focus was on the FY2021 Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee appropriations bill for NASA and other agencies. For many appropriators, such as Reps. Jose Serrano (D-NY),…

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Biweekly Washington, D.C., Update for the Week Ending June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020
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This week, both the House and Senate were in session for committee markups and hearings. A text of the Senate’s $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill (S. 4049) was released, and the Senate is expected to take procedural votes on the bill with debates to continue through next week, with the goal of…

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