Departs Ahead Of Incoming Presidential Administration
A top-level NASA official will join the throngs of politicians
and other employees leaving Washington, DC ahead of the new
presidential administration. NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale
announced Wednesday her intent to resign from the agency, effective
January 17, 2009, in advance of Barack Obama's inauguration.
Rocketeering Challenge To Be Held April 15-20 In
NASA has invited 14 groups of ambitious young rocketeers from 11
middle schools, high schools and youth organizations around the
country to light up the sky over North Alabama during NASA's
2008-2009 Student Launch Initiative rocketry challenge.
Commercial Launch, Payload Providers Encouraged To Complete
As build out preparations begin for Launch Complex 36 at Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, commercial launch and payload
providers interested in launching from Florida are being asked to
complete a quick survey on Space Florida's web site.
This week, a new multi-user materials science laboratory began
its journey to the International Space Station, leaving NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL for NASA's Kennedy
Space Center in Florida for final flight preparations.
Contract Calls For Two GOES-R Series Satellites, With Two
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
announced Tuesday it has selected Lockheed Martin for award of a
contract to build the next-generation Geostationary Operational
Environmental Satellite R-Series, known as GOES-R, for the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
NASA will continue its reliance on Russian spacecraft for
transport to the International Space Station. The agency recently
signed a $141 million modification to the current ISS contract with
the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation services
planned through the spring of 2012.