CSExtra – Friday, April 5, 2013
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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. NASA is the federal agency with the most effective leadership, according to an employee survey. NASA’s Mars Curiosity benched by sun. The Hubble Space Telescope spots the most distant supernova. A Peruvian glacier offers evidence for rising temperatures. Experts continue to troubleshoot a sticky pointing system component on the exo-planet hunting Kepler Space Telescope. The Apollo moon landings faked? Only a few Americans believe so. Even a tiny white dwarf star has the mass to war space time.
1. From The Washington Post: NASA ranks tops among federal agencies in effective leadership, the Department of Homeland Security last, according to an employee survey conducted by the White House Office of Personnel Management.
2. From Space.com: The sun now stands between the Earth and Mars, blocking communications with NASA’s Curiosity rover until May 1. The rover landed in Gale crater on the red planet in early August. Efforts to communicate during the Mars solar conjunction might result in the transmission of corrupted commands.
3. From Space.com: The Hubble Space Telescope observes the most distant supernova ever. Super Nova Wilson exploded more than 10 billion years ago. The detonation may help astronomers with future assessments of the age of the universe.
4. From The New York Times: High in the Peruvian Andes, scientists find more evidence for rising temperatures in a “rapidly” shrinking glacier.
5. From Space News: Experts continue to evaluate a sticky reaction wheel aboard NASA’s Kepler space telescope. So far, Kepler’s mission to find exo-planets similar to the Earth is not in jeopardy, say mission managers. The device is part of the system that steadies and points the telescope.
6. From Space.com: Seven percent of Americans believe NASA Apollo moon landings were faked.
7. From Discovery.com: They are small, but white dwarf stars can warp space time, NASA Kepler space telescope finds.
A. From the Los Angeles Times: NASA’s Kepler space telescope gathers first evidence that a binary star system can bend light as it travels across the cosmos. Physicist Albert Einstein predicted as much in the early 1900s.
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