Thursday at noon PST/3pm EST/20:00 UT
Posted By Casey Dreier
2013/02/20 12:02 CST
This week we will be talking about the effects of the impending Sequester, the across-the-board cuts to almost all federal programs, on NASA and the U.S. Space Program. The Sequester is scheduled to begin on March 1st, 2013, unless Congress acts to replace it with targeted cuts and/or revenue of equal value.
Joining me is a very special guest from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Jon Morse. Dr. Morse previously served as the Director of NASA’s Astrophysics Division in Washington, D.C., and was a Senior Policy Analyst for the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). He currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Research for Physical Sciences Engineering at RPI.
Dr. Morse will bring a wealth of experience on how last minute budget cuts can effect the direction and capability within NASA, how a division makes decisions to prioritize programs, and what it’s like to work for NASA headquarters.
As always, we will be taking your questions on our Google+ event page, Twitter via the hashtag #planetarylive, or on the YouTube comments thread for the video. Please feel free to submit a question in advance if you cannot watch live.
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- NASA releases latest details about sequestration impact: $52 million cut from Science
- Sequestration would bring Commercial Crew program to a halt [SpacePolitics]
- President Obama’s statement on Sequestration from Feb 19th, 2013 [whitehouse.gov]
Since I don’t know how best to represent the concept of sequestration with a picture, here’s a portrait of William Herschel.
National Portrait Gallery, London
William Herschel (1738-1822)
Portrait by Lemuel Francis Abbott. Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781.London William Herschel, jon morse, william herschel, nasa headquarters, Research for Physical Sciences Engineering, NASA's Astrophysics Division <BR/>