On June 18, the House completed consideration of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Authorization Act (H.R. 6063) and approved the measure, 409-15. Last week, the House approved an amendment to the bill that would affect women-owned small businesses (see The Source, 6/13/08).
During debate on the measure, the House approved, 423-3, an amendment by Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) to require NASA to create a scholarship in memory of Christa McAuliffe a teacher who died in the Challenger space shuttle accident. The scholarship would provide $10,000 each year for women pursuing higher education degrees in NASA-related fields, such as science and aeronautics.