Events of Interest: Weeks of August 5-18, 2012-UPDATE
UPDATE: NASA's industry forum on the commercial crew program on Wednesday, August 8, has been added.
August is a slow month for space policy events -- and most other things -- so we are grouping two weeks together into this one article. Congress is in recess until September 10 -- after the Republican and Democratic conventions.
During the Weeks
The landing of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover on Mars Sunday night, August 5, at 10:31 pm PDT (Monday morning, August 6, 1:31 am EDT) is certainly the highlight. Everyone will have fingers crossed that it lands successfully, but one way or the other, it seems destined to be the top space news story. SpacePolicyOnline.com will be reporting on the landing -- follow us on Twitter @SpcPlcyOnline. The Mars Society and the Planetary Society are having events in Pasadena that coincide with the landing. The Mars Society event actually began yesterday (Friday, August 3) and the Planetary Society's begins today.
Sunday, August 5
Wednesday, August 8
Monday-Thursday, August 13-16
Tuesday, August 14
Tuesday-Wednesday, August 14-15
Editor's note: Your SpacePolicyOnline.com editor was looking forward to be at JPL for the landing, but has been sidetracked by the flu. The relevent sentence in this article has been modified accordingly, but please do still follow us on Twitter as we report from Washington instead of Pasadena.
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