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December 11-17, 2017 / Vol 36, No 50 / Hawai`i Island, USA

8 Dec 2017, 20:26 UTC
December 11-17, 2017 / Vol 36, No 50 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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New Directions for American Space Policies in the New Year

The revived U.S. National Space Council (NSC) chaired by Vice President Mike Pence is calling for a Human Return to the Moon, and initial comments indicate the potential for stronger, streamlined commercial and international collaborations, as well as accelerated SLS / Orion development. Further NSC meetings, the awaited full senate vote for NASA Administrator nominee Jim Bridenstine potentially on December 11, and inputs from acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, commercial space enterprises and International Space Exploration Coordination Group will help shape the future of America in Space. An updated Global Exploration Roadmap produced by ISECG is expected to be published in January 2018. It will include common goals stated by NASA and 14 international space agencies to extend presence in LEO, develop a cislunar habitat / Deep Space Gateway, accomplish Human Moon missions and eventually explore Mars. The International Institute of Space Law and Secure World Foundation are holding Dec 13 the 12th Annual Eilene M. Galloway Symposium on Critical Issues in Space Law examining the role of the Outer Space Treaty while developing new policies for space exploration and commercialization under NSC. Featured speakers are NSC Executive Director Scott Pace, ...

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