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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Augustine Committee Report 

It's been the buzz in the space community from late spring, all through the summer and into the fall. The Review of US Human Space Flight Plans Committee, commonly known as the Augustine committee, today delivered its final report (PDF).

The report describes the currently planned program and proposed alternatives in light of a couple of budget scenarios and lays out several options of exploration strategies and launch vehicle architectures. The report will now be considered by NASA, the Obama Administration and Congress in developing a budget and path for NASA and the nation's human spaceflight activities.

Meanwhile, NASA administrator Charles Bolden is reported to have requested studies of Shuttle hardware based launch vehicles to be completed before Thanksgiving.

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