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House passes commercial space bill
Posted: Fri, May 22 8:36 AM ET (1236 GMT)
US Capitol The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday containing a number of commercial space policy provisions. The House approved the SPACE Act on a 284-133 vote after a two-hour floor debate Thursday morning. The act extends third-party launch indemnification and the "learning period" restricting safety regulations for people on commercial spacecraft through 2025, and includes a number of other provisions related to launch, space resource utilization, commercial remote sensing, and the Office of Space Commercialization. Some Democrats opposed the bill, citing a lack of hearings and concerns about its provisions. The House rejected an amendment that would have replaced the bill with the text of a similar bill in the Senate which offered a shorter extension of the learning period and launch indemnification.

Dragon returns to Earth
Posted: Thu, May 21 8:00 PM ET (0000 GMT)
Dragon splashdown on SpX-6 mission (SpaceX) A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft departed from the International Space Station early Thursday and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean several hours later. The Dragon spacecraft, completing the sixth Commercial Resupply Services mission under a SpaceX contract with NASA, was released by the station's robotic arm at 7:04 am EDT (1104 GMT) and departed the vicinity of the ISS. The spacecraft reentered and splashed down in the Pacific about 250 kilometers southwest of Long Beach, California, at 12:42 pm EDT (1642 GMT). The spacecraft returned about 1,400 kilograms of experiments and other equipment from the station. The next Dragon mission to the ISS is scheduled for launch June 26.

Atlas launches X-37B on fourth mission
Posted: Thu, May 21 7:50 PM ET (2350 GMT)
An Atlas 5 placed the Air Force's X-37B and a number of smallsat secondary payloads into orbit on Wednesday. The Atlas 5 501...

Proton launch fails
Posted: Sat, May 16 9:00 AM ET (1300 GMT)
A Proton rocket carrying a Mexican communications satellite malfunctioned during launch, causing the satellite and upper stage to crash in Siberia. The Proton M rocket...

Friday, May 22
Maryland woman a finalist for Mars mission
WBAL-TV Baltimore — 5:54 am ET (0954 GMT)
Could a trip to Mars fry astronauts’ brains?
Washington Post — 5:53 am ET (0953 GMT)
Where football meets astrophysics
Harvard Univ. Gazette — 5:52 am ET (0952 GMT)
House passes bill to promote space exploration
The Hill — 5:48 am ET (0948 GMT)
U.S. House Passes Bill to Spur Commercial Ventures in Space
Wall Street Journal — 5:38 am ET (0938 GMT)
House Passes Commercial Space Liability Bill
San Fernando Valley (CA) Business Journal — 5:35 am ET (0935 GMT)
Isro planning another inter-planetary expedition
Deccan Herald — 5:35 am ET (0935 GMT)
Increase NASA’s options: Wicker
Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger — 5:33 am ET (0933 GMT)
Ceres Bright Spots Seen Closer Than Ever
NASA/JPL — 5:31 am ET (0931 GMT)
Martian Reminder of a Pioneering Flight
NASA/JPL — 5:30 am ET (0930 GMT)
Mission: "Space for all"
MIT — 5:30 am ET (0930 GMT)
You May Be Able to Travel to Space for $100K — 5:27 am ET (0927 GMT)
CSF Applauds House’s Bipartisan Passage of the SPACE Act of 2015
Commercial Spaceflight Federation — 5:19 am ET (0919 GMT)
Cassini seeks out Saturn's shimmering aurorae
SEN — 5:05 am ET (0905 GMT)
SpaceX Dragon Helping FAA Free Up More Airspace
Aviation Week — 4:51 am ET (0851 GMT)
Lockheed Lukewarm About Giving Aerojet Atlas V Rights
Aviation Week — 4:51 am ET (0851 GMT)

Thursday, May 21
UB student team to participate in NASA challenge
Univ. at Buffalo Reporter — 7:34 pm ET (2334 GMT)

Waiting for Launch ebook

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