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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
U.S. Civilian Space Policy Priorities: Reflections 50 Years After Sputnik
This report describes Sputnik and its influence on today's U.S. civilian space policy, the actions other nations and commercial organizations are taking in space exploration, and why the nation invests in space exploration and the public's attitude toward it. The report concludes with a discussion of possible options for future U.S. civilian space policy priorities and the implication of those priorities. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc462908/
Hubble Space Telescope: NASA's Plans for a Servicing Mission
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) estimates that without a servicing mission to replace key components, the Hubble Space Telescope will cease scientific operations in 2008. In January 2004, then-NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe announced that the space shuttle would no longer be used to service Hubble. Hubble supporters criticized this as a result of President Bush's new Vision for Space Exploration; said supporters sought to reverse the decision and proceed with a shuttle servicing mission. In October 2006, NASA approved a shuttle mission to service Hubble. That mission is now scheduled for October 8, 2008. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs10603/
China's Space Program: Options for U.S.-China Cooperation
China has a determined, yet still modest, program of civilian space activities planned for the next decade. The potential for U.S.-China cooperation in space -- an issue of interest to Congress -- has become more controversial since the January 2007 Chinese anti-satellite test. Some argue that Chinese capabilities now threaten U.S. space assets in low earth orbit. Others stress the need to expand dialogue with China. This report outlines recent activities and future plans in China's civilian space sector. It also discusses benefits and trade-offs of possible U.S.-China collaboration in space, as well as several options to improve space relations, including information exchange, policy dialogue, and joint activities. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs10721/
U.S. Military Space Programs: An Overview of Appropriations and Current Issues
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U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial
The future of the U.S. human space flight program is dominating debate about NASA. Pursuant to the "Vision for Space Exploration" announced by President Bush in January 2004, the shuttle program is to be terminated in 2010. The Vision directs NASA to focus its activities on returning humans to the Moon by 2020 and eventually sending them to Mars. How to manage Department of Defense (DOD) space programs to avoid the cost growth and schedule delays that have characterized several recent projects is a key issue facing DOD. The appropriate role of the government in facilitating commercial space businesses is an ongoing debate. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs10507/
Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports
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NASA's Space Shuttle Program: The Columbia Tragedy, the Discovery Mission, and the Future of the Shuttle
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Space Exploration: Issues Concerning the "Vision for Space Exploration"
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Space Stations
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The International Space Station and the Iran Nonproliferation Act (INA): The Bush Administration's Proposed INA Amendment
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Military Space Programs: Issues Concerning DOD's SBIRS and STSS Programs
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Space Exploration: Issues Concerning the "Vision for Space Exploration"
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Space Stations
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U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial
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The International Space Station and the Iran Nonproliferation Act (INA): The Bush Administration's Proposed INA Amendment
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China's Space Program: An Overview
The People’s Republic of China successfully completed its second human spaceflight mission on October 17, 2005. China is only the third country, after Russia and the United States, able to launch people into space. Its first human spaceflight was in 2003 when a single astronaut, or “taikonaut,” made a flight lasting slightly less than a day. The 2005 flight lasted five days, and involved two taikonauts. As the United States embarks upon President Bush’s “Vision for Space Exploration” to return astronauts to the Moon by 2020 and someday send them to Mars, some may view China’s entrance into the human exploration of space as a competitive threat, while others may view China as a potential partner. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs8308/
NASA's Voyager Spacecraft: A Fact Sheet
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Space Stations
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U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial
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Space Stations
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U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial
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Military Space Programs: Issues Concerning DOD's SBIRS and STSS Programs
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Space Exploration: Issues Concerning the "Vision for Space Exploration"
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NASA's Space Shuttle Program: Issues for Congress Related to The Columbia Tragedy and "Return to Flight"
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Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports
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Space Stations
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U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial
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Military Space Programs: Issues Concerning DOD's SBIRS and STSS Programs
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Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports
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Military Space Programs: Issues Concerning DOD's SBIRS and STSS Programs
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Space Stations
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Space Exploration: Overview of President Bush's "Vision for Space Exploration," and Key Issues for Congress
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Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports
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The Iran Nonproliferation Act and the International Space Station: Issues and Options
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The Iran Nonproliferation Act and the International Space Station: Issues and Options
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U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial
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Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Programs: Issues for Congress
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Space Exploration: Overview of President Bush's "Vision for Space Exploration," and Key Issues for Congress
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U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial
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U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial
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Military Role in Space Control: A Primer
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Space Exploration: Overview of President Bush's New Exploration Initiative for NASA, and Key Issues for Congress
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Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Programs: Issues for Congress
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Military Space Programs: Issues Concerning DOD's SBIRS and STSS Programs
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Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports
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Space Stations
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U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial
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U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial
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Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports
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Space Stations
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