President Trump Reestablishes the National Space Council on This Week @NASA – June 30, 2017

President Trump Reestablishes the National Space Council on This Week @NASA – June 30, 2017


“Here’s some of the stories trending This
Week at NASA!” President Donald Trump signed an Executive
Order on June 30 to reestablish the National Space Council. Vice President Mike Pence – who will chair
the council – was on hand for the signing – along with members of Congress, NASA representatives,
commercial space company officials and others. Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, called
the establishment of the council, “Another demonstration of the Trump Administration’s
deep interest in our work, and a testament to the importance of space exploration to
our economy, our nation, and the planet as a whole.” June 30 marked International Asteroid Day. Our Planetary Defense Coordination Office
and other NASA-funded programs find, track and characterize Near Earth Objects. These are asteroids and comets in the vicinity
of Earth’s orbit that could pose an impact threat to our planet. The Planetary Defense Coordination Office
also issues alerts and helps coordinate any U.S. government response to an impact threat. Our Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot
and other NASA officials testified at Congressional subcommittee hearings on June 29. Lightfoot responded to questions during a
Senate Appropriations hearing about the president’s $19.1 billion Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal
for NASA. Meanwhile, Bill Gerstenmaier, the Associate
Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, and Steve Jurczyk – Associate Administrator
for Space Technology – testified during a House Science hearing about in-space propulsion. On June 30, we launched a sounding rocket
from our Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, to test a new multi-canister ejection system
designed to help study the ionosphere and aurora. The system produces blue-green and red artificial
clouds or vapor tracers that enable scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions
in space. The colorful clouds from this launch were
expected to be visible from New York to North Carolina. And that’s what’s up this week @NASA … For more on these and other stories follow
us on the web at www.nasa.gov

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