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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    So I did not realize it isn't a direct appointment, nonetheless I expect it to have an effect on how funds are allocated.
    I’ll be interested to see. I can’t remember hearing Sanders ever say anything about space. If I had to guess from what I have heard from him in terms of his priorities, I would suspect he might not be very enthusiastic about SpaceX or Musk, or space program work outside of environmental monitoring missions, but we’ll see.

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    Here's What Biden Should Prioritize at NASA. “His main space priority should be establishing a lunar/Mars exploration plan that lasts more than five years—also determining the future of the Boeing Starliner, launching the [James] Webb space telescope, and cementing the fate of the International Space Station,” said McCurdy. “He will have many science priorities, but NASA is not near the top of the list.”

    https://gizmodo.com/heres-what-biden...asa-1846103628
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    Another call for the USA and China to work together in space.

    https://www.project-syndicate.org/co...wrence-2021-01

    Although the United States and China will likely remain at odds on many issues, President Joe Biden’s administration must also recognize those areas where cooperation is in America’s best interest. Global threats like pandemics and climate change are obvious examples; setting norms for commercial activities in space is another.
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    What Happens to the Space Force Now?

    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/...-biden/617812/
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    Here is a hopeful sign that President Biden will support NASA's wish to return to the Moon. Look at what he has on his desk!!!

    https://www.moondaily.com/reports/Mo...eturn_999.html

    [QUOTEA moon rock that President Joe Biden has placed in the Oval Office came from the last Apollo mission in 1972, raising hopes that he will support a new lunar landing program already underway.

    The White House said the moon rock was part of Biden's goal to have the office reflect the best of American accomplishments.

    Astronauts chipped the rock from a large boulder at the base of the North Massif mountain in the Imbrium Impact Basin. The stone's official name is Lunar Sample 76015,143, which refers to NASA's generic numbering system for more than 840 pounds of rock retrieved during Apollo missions.][/QUOTE]
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    Industry asks White House to keep National Space Council.

    https://www.politico.com/newsletters...council-491564
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    That’s good. Space Based Solar power might help bring everyone together. Jobs for space states, green energy. Rebuilding radio telescopes as part of build back better.

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    Colorado, New Mexico Lawmakers Press Biden Again on Space Command HQ Relocation to Alabama.

    https://www.newsweek.com/colorado-ne...labama-1565676
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    White House has nothing to say on Space Force.

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    Eleven Democratic members of the U.S. Senate have asked President Joe Biden to maintain “robust funding” of NASA’s Human Landing System (HLS) program given uncertainties about how the agency will proceed with that effort.

    https://spacenews.com/democratic-sen...ander-program/
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    White House: Space Force “absolutely has the full support of the Biden administration”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    White House: Space Force “absolutely has the full support of the Biden administration”.

    https://spacenews.com/white-house-sp...dministration/
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    The White House gave its support for NASA’s Artemis program of lunar exploration, but offered no details on potential changes it may make in the scope and schedule of the effort.

    https://spacenews.com/white-house-en...temis-program/
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    The Biden administration's national security space policy is not expected to depart significantly from the previous administration’s guidelines. It’s now been confirmed that the Biden administration is fully behind the U.S. Space Force. And Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin noted in congressional testimony that he views space as a national security concern. The new administration will release its own national security space policy guidance but it’s not expected to depart significantly from the previous administration’s, the deputy commander of U.S. Space Command Lt. Gen. John Shaw said Feb. 3.

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    NASA has a lot to tackle this year as Biden takes charge: Landing on Mars, further delivering on the promise of commercial flights to the International Space Station, tackling climate change, and much, much more.

    https://www.space.com/nasa-acting-ad...2021-interview
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    NASA has a lot to tackle this year as Biden takes charge: Landing on Mars, further delivering on the promise of commercial flights to the International Space Station, tackling climate change, and much, much more.

    https://www.space.com/nasa-acting-ad...2021-interview
    Good video to watch. Gives an overall view of what NASA is doing in 2021.
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    The White House said Feb. 23 has no schedule for nominating a NASA administrator as a new round of rumors swirl about who might be selected to lead the agency. The topic arose at a press conference when a reporter asked press secretary Jen Psaki about rumors that the Biden administration was considering Bill Nelson, a former senator from Florida, for the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    The White House said Feb. 23 has no schedule for nominating a NASA administrator as a new round of rumors swirl about who might be selected to lead the agency. The topic arose at a press conference when a reporter asked press secretary Jen Psaki about rumors that the Biden administration was considering Bill Nelson, a former senator from Florida, for the post.

    https://spacenews.com/white-house-no...administrator/
    FWIW Nelson, age 78, was a payload specialist on STS-61-C in 1986, so he has that going for him, plus several decades of experience in manipulating funding requests in Congress. He's been on NASA's Advisory Council for the last two years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    FWIW Nelson, age 78, was a payload specialist on STS-61-C in 1986, so he has that going for him, plus several decades of experience in manipulating funding requests in Congress. He's been on NASA's Advisory Council for the last two years.
    If Biden selects Nelson as NASA Admin it'll set back the agency 10 years, minimum. He was one of those behind starting SLS as a jobs program, and was an old-space shill, fighting Commercial Crew tooth & claw. Perhaps best known for using his Senate influence to elbow his way into a Shuttle flight (STS-61-C), his crew-mates gave him the call sign "Ballast."

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    "Biden’s first strategic guidance sets broad national security priorities "

    https://spacenews.com/bidens-first-s...ty-priorities/

    President Joe Biden issued a national security blueprint that lays out broad goals and priorities for his administration and identifies China as the United States’ primary competitor.

    With regard to space, the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance released March 3 says the United States will “explore and use” outer space but also ensure space remains safe and stable.

    The guidance is to help agencies plan budgets and strategies while the administration continues to work on a more detailed National Security Strategy. One of the key themes is that the United States has to engage with the world. “Diplomacy is back. Alliances are back,” Biden says in the document.

    The United States has to take a leadership role “in promoting shared norms and forge new agreements on emerging technologies, space, cyberspace, health and biological threats, climate and the environment, and human rights,” says the guidance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    If Biden selects Nelson as NASA Admin it'll set back the agency 10 years, minimum. He was one of those behind starting SLS as a jobs program, and was an old-space shill, fighting Commercial Crew tooth & claw. Perhaps best known for using his Senate influence to elbow his way into a Shuttle flight (STS-61-C), his crew-mates gave him the call sign "Ballast."
    Well...we'll soon find out:

    Biden poised to tap former Sen. Bill Nelson to lead NASA

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    He isn't going to kill new space. By and large the move to cut the air lines of the other teams bus comes from new spacers. Flint water suffered from infrastructure cuts-water....more on that in a bit. Nelson will likely putter about-and things will stay about the same-or you could get someone who would suggest that a treaty be signed that could give new life to Delta IV, Ariane V and the modest Energiya-M concepts whose core blocks only have water vapor exhaust-solid augmentation and escape towers-now mandatory-would be grandfathered in for...I don't know...the next half century?
    All of a sudden-Nelson doesn't sound so bad.
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    The White House has officially announced the nomination.

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    Former Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, a longtime space advocate whose district included the Kennedy Space Center and who flew aboard the shuttle Columbia in 1986 as a congressional observer, is President Biden's choice to serve as NASA's next administrator, the White House announced Friday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    The White House has officially announced the nomination.

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    Well perhaps like Bridenstine he will surprise up once he takes up the post, he also faces a very different situation today than ten years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    Well perhaps like Bridenstein he will surprise up once he takes up the post, he also faces a very different situation today than ten years ago.
    Well, we can always hope. Unfortunately, he helped push SLS and was antagonistic to SpaceX, so I am concerned he might work against space development.

    Ars Technica has a couple of articles discussing him:

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021...or/?comments=1

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021...s-to-run-nasa/

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    Ithink Nelson will try to smooth thing between old and new space. I want to see both do well, and now that SpaceX is not an outsider, there will be work for many. He doesn't seem a firebrand.

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    I was reading Time.com, and was surprised at some polling numbers (direct quote from here.)

    80% of Americans believed space travel supports scientific discovery;
    78% had a favorable impression of NASA;
    73% said NASA contributes to pride and patriotism;
    and 71% said NASA is not just a desirable agency, but a necessary one

    I seem to be right with most people.

    As far as how President Biden shapes things, I don't have a guess. Every President comes into office with a bunch of stuff that is almost done and canceling will look foolish, a bunch of stuff half started and he/she needs to embrace it or dump on it, and then finally he/she gets to put a mark on NASA. I guess I have to start watch this thread more.
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    "BIDEN TO RENEW SPACE COUNCIL"

    https://www.politico.com/newsletters...council-794316

    Biden has decided to renew the White House National Space Council, the Cabinet-level body that was revived by then-President Donald Trump in 2017 after two and half decades to coordinate national security priorities, civilian exploration, and fuel the growing private space economy, Morning D has learned.

    “At a time of unprecedented activity and opportunity generated by America’s activities in space, the National Space Council will be renewed to assist the President in generating national space policies, strategies, and synchronizing America’s space activities,” the National Security Council told us Sunday in response to questions.
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    "Biden proposes 6.3% boost for NASA in budget proposal"

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/B...posal_999.html

    President Joe Biden is seeking $24.7 billion for NASA in his 2022 budget released Friday, boosting funding for the agency's Artemis program as well as weather and climate efforts.

    The budget request represents a 6.3% increase over the $23.27 billion funding NASA received in the 2021 fiscal year.
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    "What Biden's Budget Means For NASA And Its Mission To The Moon"

    https://in.mashable.com/science/2151...on-to-the-moon

    NASA wants to return to the moon and send humans to Mars. On Friday, the Biden-Harris Administration proposed a $24.7 billion NASA budget to keep those plans rolling.

    The White House's budget puts more emphasis on a broader set of scientific goals than Trump, who focused on the more splashy Artemis mission to the moon, which would set the stage for putting humans on Mars.

    It’s great news for missions like the Roman Space Telescope, which got the bump from Trump. But more money for other projects means possibly putting Artemis milestones on a more distant and realistic timeline.

    "The president’s discretionary request increases NASA’s ability to better understand Earth and further monitor and predict the impacts of climate change," acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk said in a statement. "It also gives us the necessary resources to continue advancing America’s bipartisan Moon to Mars space exploration plan, including landing the first woman and first person of color on the Moon under the Artemis program."
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