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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.
NASA's Voyager Spacecraft: A Fact Sheet
This report discusses the Voyager 2, which was launched on August 20, 1977, from Cape Canaveral. Their current mission is to extend the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) exploration of the outermost edge of the solar system and the region where the sun’s influence ends.
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
The Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 (INA) was enacted to help stop foreign transfers to Iran of weapons of mass destruction, missile technology, and advanced conventional weapons technology, particularly from Russia. Section 6 of the INA bans U.S. payments to Russia in connection with the International Space Station (ISS) unless the U.S. President determines that Russia is taking steps to prevent such proliferation. The ISS is currently under construction in orbit. According to current plans, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will become dependent on Russia for certain ISS crew-related services beginning in April 2006 for which NASA must pay. Thus, the INA could significantly affect U.S. utilization of ISS. This report outlines the history of INA, its effect on Russian and Iranian proliferation, its impact on the ISS program, and options for resolving associated issues.
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 Stations
This report looks into Congress' continued debate regarding NASA's International Space Station (ISS) program to build a permanently-occupied space station in Earth orbit where astronauts live and conduct research. NASA expects that research performed in the near-zero gravity environment of the space station will result in new discoveries in life sciences, biomedicine, and materials sciences. Current congressional space station debate focuses on the impact of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy on the ISS program; the possibility that portions of the space station may not be built for cost reasons; and whether Russia can fulfill its commitments to ISS.
China's Space Program: An Overview
This report discusses the nature and scope of the Chinese space program. The People's Republic of China launched its first astronaut, or "taikonaut," Lt. Col. Yang Liwei, on October 15, 2003 Beijing time (October 16 Eastern Daylight Time). China thus became only the third country, after Russia and the United States, able to launch humans into orbit. Lt. Col. Yang landed on October 16 Beijing time (October 15 EDT) after making 14 orbits (21 hours and 23 minutes).
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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NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia: Quick Facts and Issues for Congress
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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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Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports
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NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia: Quick Facts and Issues for Congress
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Space Stations
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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 Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports
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U.S. Space Programs: Civilian, Military, and Commercial
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