Meteor strikes on lobbyists' minds

By Dave Levinthal

Special interests have prodded U.S. government to fund tracking of killer space rocks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "NASA":

"… onautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008, that directed NASA to continue efforts to "detect, track, catalogue, and characterize near-Ea …"

"… search for such objects and an identification of their characteristics." NASA for years has engaged in various efforts to track near-earth asteroids and …"

Cost of 13 NASA projects skyrocket due to improper reviews

By Laurel Adams

The cost of 13 projects at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration grew almost 55 percent, a combined increase of about $2.5 billi

Excerpts from this story referencing "Orion":

"… FACT: A launch vehicle and crew exploration vehicle, known as the Ares and Orion projects, spent over $9 billion combined since 2005 and 2006, but neither …"

NASA needs to budget for alternative to Delta rocket, study finds

By Laurel Adams

NASA will stop using the workhorse Delta II to carry satellites and other science missions into space in October 2011 because of the unmanne

Excerpts from this story referencing "NASA":

"… atches, and system components configured in a way that is not secure (OIG). …"

"… e future science missions, a Government Accountability Office report found.NASA has shared the Delta II infrastructure costs with the U.S. Air Force until …"

"… e more than $45 million annually, the GAO said.Looking ahead through 2020, NASA says about 40 percent of its science missions will need a medium-class roc …"

"… of its science missions will need a medium-class rocket like the Delta II. NASA wants to leverage its investments in the Falcon 9 and Taurus II – unmann …"

NASA’s failure to ensure safety in human space flight

By The Center for Public Integrity

Safety management practices, including communication of safety information, blamed for space shuttle Columbia disaster

Excerpts from this story referencing "Columbia":

"… ttle orbiters. …"

"… huttle Challenger exploded seconds after takeoff in 1986. According to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board report, “We are convinced that the manageme …"

"… the left wing.” In brief, according to the report, “By the eve of the Columbia accident, institutional practices that were in effect at the time of the C …"

"… nd modifications to reduce or eliminate the issues that contributed to the Columbia accident.” A new Crew Exploration Vehicle is being developed that will e …"

NASA inspector general lack of oversight

By The Center for Public Integrity

Bush's watchdog at NASA appears too close to NASA to be effective

Excerpts from this story referencing "Inspector General":

"… f a probe initiated following a litany of allegations from inside the NASA Inspector General’s office (IG). The investigation was undertaken on behalf of the Preside …"

"… ncil on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE) and conducted by the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Among the findin …"