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Obama eyes boost in space taxi spending, Jupiter moon mission

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's 2015 NASA budget plan includes funding for a robotic mission to an ocean-bearing moon of Jupiter and could help boost commercial ventures to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA officials said on Tuesday. The White House is requesting a $17.5 billion budget for the U.S. space agency in the fiscal year that begins October 1.

NASA extends space station life to 2024

The International Space Station will operate for an additional four years, or until 2024, the US space agency said Wednesday. "I think this is a tremendous announcement for us here in the space station world," said William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. Further details about the decision were expected from the White House and NASA administrator Charles Bolden later in the day, he told reporters.

NASA ban on Chinese scientists sparks boycott

Some prominent American astronomers are boycotting a NASA meeting next month on exoplanets due to a ban on attendance by Chinese scientists, experts told AFP Tuesday. The restriction is based on a law passed in 2011 and signed by President Barack Obama that prevents NASA funds from being used to collaborate with China or host Chinese visitors at US space agency facilities. Among those leading the boycott are Debra Fischer, an astronomy professor at Yale University and Geoff Marcy, an astronomy professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

NASA announces eight new astronauts, half are women

The US space agency announced the appointment of eight new astronauts on Monday, and a record half of NASA's first astronaut class since 2009 are women. The astronauts will earn between $64,000 and $141,000 per year, and will be part of the team that lays the groundwork for NASA missions to an asteroid in the 2020s and to Mars in the 2030s, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said. "This new class will be among those who have the opportunity to plan and carry out these exciting missions," said Bolden in a video message on the NASA website.

NASA to train Mexican students

Mexico City, Mar 21 (EFE).- NASA will train Mexican university students in space-related fields, giving science and technology a boost in Mexico, the Mexican Space Agency, or AEM, said. The AEM and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, signed a cooperation agreement "to promote the development of science, technology and competitiveness in the sector," the agency said. The agreement was signed by AEM director Francisco Javier Mendieta, NASA associate administrator for education Leland Melvin and NASA chief Charles Bolden.

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