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New NASA Authorization Bill HR1654

Los Angeles, CA, May 11, 1999 – The House Science Committee plans hearings on the recently introduced HR-1654, a multi-year NASA authorization bill. Among the new programs in HR-1654 is a $5 million authorization for a "space science data buy" in Fiscal Year 2002. This would be first time that NASA would be provided funds to purchase space science data.

The Space Frontier Foundation has been a long time advocate of space science data purchase as a mechanism for the government to give an incentive to private companies to explore near-Earth space – the Moon and the nearby asteroids. This initial $5 million purchase, if enacted into law, would be an important step in the establishment of the commercial space exploration industry.

For more information:
SpaceDev: a private company planning an asteroid mission

LunaCorp
: the first private space exploration company.

ProSpace: America's only space lobby.

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