U.S. human spaceflight could take off in any direction as lawmakers buckle down to a high-pressure pre-election session before fleeing Capitol Hill for the mid-term elections, including deciding whether to begin work on a shuttle-derived heavy-lift launcher next year under a new NASA concept. Congressional staffers worked behind the scenes last week to hammer out differences between the House and Senate versions of new legislation authorizing NASA programs for the next three years; but ...


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