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NASA TV to Air Russian Cargo Ship Movement at Space Station

A Russian cargo ship currently docked to the International Space Station will undock for a short test flight on Friday, July 1. NASA Television coverage will begin at 1:15 a.m. EDT.

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NASA Brings Journey to Mars and Beyond to ESSENCE Festival

Visitors to the 2016 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans will have a chance to explore the universe through a range of activities, including first-ever festival stage presentations, during NASA Week, a celebration of space exploration to be held June 29-July 3, in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival, which begins June 30.

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Transportation Department, NASA, Partners Visit Charlotte to Open Test Lab to Streamline Air Travel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden today marked the official opening of a new airspace technology demonstration laboratory at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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NASA Extends Hubble Space Telescope Science Operations Contract

NASA is contractually extending science operations for its Hubble Space Telescope an additional five years. The agency awarded a sole source contract extension Thursday to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for continued Hubble science operations support at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.

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NASA to Discuss, Broadcast Booster Test for Space Launch System Rocket

The booster for the world’s most powerful rocket, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), which will power the agency’s astronauts on the journey to Mars, will fire up for a major ground test at 10:05 a.m. EDT (8:05 a.m. MDT) Tuesday, June 28, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems’ test facilities in Promontory, Utah.

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NASA Administrator Bolden and Transportation Secretary Foxx to Announce New Technology at Charlotte International Airport

NASA, the FAA, American Airlines the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport are collaborating on a five-year effort to streamline aircraft arrival, departure and airport surface operations; research and testing will be led out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

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Next SpaceX Commercial Cargo Launch Now No Earlier Than July 18, US Media Accreditation Remains Open

The next SpaceX commercial cargo resupply services mission for NASA to the International Space Station now is targeted for launch no earlier than 12:45 a.m. EDT Monday, July 18.

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NASA Uploads App for Apple TV

Apple TV? There’s a NASA app for that.

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Three Space Station Crew Members Return to Earth, Land Safely in Kazakhstan

Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth at 5:15 a.m. EDT (3:15 p.m. Kazakhstan time) Saturday after wrapping up 186 days in space and several NASA research studies in human health.

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Genocide Instruction Added to Michigan Social Studies Curriculum + 10 Additional Laws Signed

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan students will now learn more about genocides such as the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide in social studies classes under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Our next generation of leaders needs to have the wherewithal to recognize and help prevent widespread harm to their fellow men and women,” Snyder said. “Teaching the students of Michigan about genocide is important because we should remember and learn about these terrible events in our past while continuing to work toward creating a more tolerant society.”

House Bill 4493, sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto, requires that all social studies curriculum for grades 8-12 in school districts and public school academies include instruction on genocide. This includes, but is not limited to, the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide. It is now Public Act 170 of 2016.

In his signing letter, Snyder also stressed: “There is a delicate balance we need to be mindful of when we consider requiring that certain subjects be included in our statewide education system. The recommendations of local school boards, teachers, other professional educators and parents need to be considered when developing a curriculum. My signing of HB 4493 should in no way signal any indication that elected state officials are the best guiding voice on what specific material should be taught in the classroom.”

Snyder also signed 10 additional bills:

HB 4656, sponsored by state Rep. Joel Johnson, requires drain commissioners and drainage boards to give property owners at least a week of notice, via first-class mail, before entering their property for excavation or tree removal to be conducted on existing drains. It is now PA 171.

HB 4796, sponsored by state Rep. Ray Franz, expands employment protections for National Guard members when working outside of their home state. It is now PA 172.

Senate Bill 481 and HB 4578, sponsored by state Sen. Darwin Booher and Rep. Phil Potvin, respectively, allows school districts to join an existing recreational authority, the intent of which is to expand recreational opportunities available to the public. The bills specify that any taxes levied by the authority cannot be used for school operating or local government general fund purposes. The measures are now PAs 173 and 174.

SB 748-750, sponsored by state Sens. Darwin Booher, Dale Zorn and Mike Nofs, respectively, provide updates to the Michigan Banking Code to help banks in Michigan maintain a competitive balance with other financial service providers in the marketplace. The measures are now PAs 175-177.

SB 858, sponsored by state Sen. Rick Jones, helps protect sexual assault victims and children conceived as a result of the sexual assault encounter, by allowing victims to bring action in court to revoke a father’s paternity. Upon being signed into law, SB 858 will also qualify Michigan for $414,000 in additional federal funding for sexual assault victim services under the Rape Survivor Custody Act. It is now PA 178.

SB 844, sponsored by state Sen. Rick Jones, allows the state to sell an unused piece of land and vacant building to Emergent Bio-Defense Systems. The company operates a facility nearby, and the sale would enable it to improve security at one of its entrances. It is now PA 179.

SB 901, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Kowall, will allow the United States Golf Association’s 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship to be identified as a licensed national sporting event, giving the general public aged 21 and older the ability to purchase alcoholic beverages during the competition. It is now PA 180.

For more information on this and other legislation, please visit www.legislature.mi.gov.

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