CSExtra – Friday, April 20, 2012
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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. Russia readies a new Progress supply ship for launch to the International Space Station. The Pentagon evaluates an allied command for future military space operations. NASA transfers title of shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian Institution on Thursday amid pageantry and regret among some that a replacement for the shuttle fleet is lagging. In Washington, the House and Senate appropriations processes produce differences in NASA proposed 2013 budget. Earth Day nears with thoughts of the ultimate in recycling. Where’s our dark matter?
1. From Itar-Tass: Russia readies a Progress re-supply ship for launching to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan on Friday. The new capsule and nearly three tons of supplies should reach the six-person orbiting lab on Sunday. The new Progress ship will replace a Russian freighter that departed the outpost on Thursday. http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c154/398060.html
2. From Reuters: The commander of the U. S. Strategic Command, USAF Gen. Robert Kehler, says the U. S. is assessing an allied command for future military space operations. The U. S. is examining the deterrent value as well as the potential cost savings, Kehler tells an audience gathered for the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.
3. From the Washington Post: Ownership of shuttle Discovery passed from NASA to the Smithsonian Institution’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in the Washington suburb of Chantilly, Va., on Thursday. Steeped in pageantry, the event drew former shuttle workers, astronauts and others with ties to the spacecraft’s 39 missions. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/shuttle-discovery-gets-red-carpet-treament/2012/04/19/gIQAP5rRTT_story.html
A. From MSNBC and the Cosmic Log: As title for orbiter Discovery passes from NASA to the Smithsonian, some former astronauts suggest the long running shuttle program was retired prematurely. http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/19/11292047-astronauts-revisit-the-shuttle-debate?lite
B. From Spaceflightnow.com: Discovery transfers to the Smithsonian with an authentic appearance, down to the wear and tear evident on the outside from her 39 trips to Earth orbit. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts133/120419/
C. From the San Jose Mercury News of California: Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer sees a willed national decline in the policy decisions leading to Discovery’s retirement. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_20435959/charles-krauthammer-farewell-new-frontier
4. From Spacepolicyonline.com: Different looking 2013 budget measures for NASA emerged from the House and Senate this week. The Washington website examines the differences as the budget appropriations process unfolds. The differences include spending on NASA’s commercial crew development initiative, Mars exploration and the Orion and Space Launch System. http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/house-and-senate-appropriators-approve-their-cjs-bills-update
5. From Discovery.com: As Earth Day approaches on Sunday, the website ponders the ultimate in recycling. http://news.discovery.com/space/enjoy-earth-day-while-you-can-theres-only-5-billion-left-120419.html
6. From Nature News: A new search for dark matter close to our solar system comes up empty handed. Theoretically, the mysterious stuff should comprise 80 percent of the mass of the universe. http://www.nature.com/news/survey-finds-no-hint-of-dark-matter-near-solar-system-1.10494
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