Space Policy Events of Interest for the Week of June 17-21, 2013
The following space policy events may be of interest in the week ahead. The House and Senate are in session this week.
During the Week
Among the highlights this week is a tribute to Sally Ride on Tuesday at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Tuesday is the 30th anniversary of Ride becoming the first American woman in space. Today (Sunday, June 16) is the 50th anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova becoming the first woman in space, and though the Soviets put a woman in space 20 years before the United States, they have launched only two other women since that time while female U.S. astronauts have become so commonplace that few take notice. Ride died last year, but she and other countries' first women in space, including Tereshkova, are being highlighted in events and the media in a celebration of 50 years of women in space.
Separately on June 18, NASA will hold a half-day forum on its proposed Asteroid Return Mission (ARM) where White House and NASA officials will explain what they plan to do. On Wednesday, June 19, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hear from NAC Chairman Steve Squyres and veteran industry expert Tom Young on the NASA Authorization Act of 2013, which may decide whether the ARM is approved by Congress or not.
Monday, June 17
Monday, June 17 - Sunday, June 23
Tuesday, June 18
Tuesday-Thursday, June 18-20
Wednesday, June 19
Thursday, June 20
Friday, June 21
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