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AST division director Jim Ulvestad provides updates on the FY 2013 budget, the FY 2014 budget request, the AAG and PAARE grant programs, the ALMA inauguration in Chile, and forthcoming management competitions for several NSF-funded national facilities.

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AAS President Debra Elmegreen wrote an op-ed piece entitled "A Return on America's Investment" that was published in this week's issue of Space News.

At 1:32AM Eastern time on 6 August, the Mars Science Laboratory and its charmingly named rover, Curiosity, executed a perfect landing in Gale Crater.

President Debra Elmegreen presented oral testimony on behalf of all AAS members at a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on March 22, 2012.

The Astro2010 report, New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics, will be publically released in pre-publication form via the National Academies Press website and an eTownHall webcast at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, August 13, 2010. The fully edited final publication version of the report will emerge later in the year.