NASASpaceflight.com apparently has some detail about NASA’s Lunar Lander progress. Flight reported on the Lander’s project office’s plans back in July with an expected first design analysis cycle to be completed by August.
The US Senate has passed an amendment to the appropriations bill that includes NASA’s budget to give the US space agency an extra $1 billion. But its not obviously good news, the US House of Representatives has passed its version of the relevant appropriations bill but I am not aware of any extra billion from them. And under US law the Senate and House have to come together to agree a final appropriations bill, and so this amendment could be a very temporary. At the moment NASA is being funded for its 2008 fiscal year that started on 1 October under what is called a continuing resolution, which is what NASA was funded by for its last fiscal year. That resolution is essentially the appropriated 2006 budget.
Hobbyspace.com’s spacetransportnews.com has plenty of links for everything from the LA Times debate about space with transterrestrial musing’s Rand Simberg to the North Dakota student rocket initiative.
MSNBC reports on Russian celebrations of Sputnik. And if you’re still hungry for Sputnik stuff then there is this clutch of links from spacetransportnewws.com or you can see ex-NASA engineer and author Jim Oberg’s writings on the subject here and here or you could even checkout Flight’s Sputnik stuff here.