AFTER SOYUZ ACCIDENT, NASA WEIGHS JANUARY AS DEADLINE FOR BRINGING STATION CREW HOME

NASA and its space station partners face a conundrum of timing after Thursday’s Soyuz rocket accident, which miraculously left the crew of a cosmonaut and an astronaut in shape to walk away and hug loved ones. Their capsule, which smacked into the Kazakhstan desert, was supposed to dock at the station to deliver crew members and serve as the orbiting

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BRIDENSTINE UNSURE ABOUT CHARGING FOR NASA LOGO, RAISING EXPERIMENT FEES

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who is looking for innovative ways to fund the agency’s goals of landing Americans on the moon and Mars, expressed reservations about the idea of generating revenue through space station experiments and merchandising the agency’s logo on T-shirts and other products. The full story about the exchange between Bridenstine and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is online at Aerospace

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FORMER CHIEF OF U.S. SPACE COMMAND FAVORS RESTORING IT INSTEAD OF SPACE FORCE

Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers generally likes the Trump administration’s proposal to revive U.S. Space Command, which he led from 1998 to 2000, as long as it adds value to space operations. “I think if there were a U.S. Space Command like there used to be it would obviate the need for a Space Force,” Myers told me in a phone interview. Full story by Tom Risen available on Aerospace America.

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NASA CHIEF PLEDGES TO REMEMBER MARS WHILE SHOOTING FOR MOON

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has sought to assure advocates of a human mission to Mars that NASA is “doing both the moon and Mars in tandem” rather than focusing exclusively on the Trump administration’s more immediate goal of sending astronauts back to the moon.Full story by Tom Risen on Humans to Mars Summit available at Aerospace America

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