CSExtra – Friday, August 24, 2012
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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission launch is scrubbed early Friday by a tracking issue. NASA’s Curiosity mission overcomes national budget obstacles. Darkness looms. NASA declares SpaceX ready to begin regular commercial cargo missions to the International Space Station. California -based XCOR looks to Central Florida for commercial suborbital space operations and spacecraft production. The National Museum of the U. S. Air Force scores NASA’s space shuttle crew compartment trainer as a display. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden talks future exploration.
1. From Spaceflightnow.com: The launching of NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm probe mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., is scrubbed by a tracking problem. The lift off is reset for Saturday at 4:07 a.m., pending troubleshooting. The website offers mission updates. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/
2. From The New York Times: In an editorial, the Times finds merit in NASA’s robotic exploration efforts on Mars. Curiosity, which landed successfully on Aug. 6 , joins the small rover Opportunity, which has been assessing the soil and rocks since January 2004. InSight, a recently announced mission planned for a 2016 launching, will probe the Martian subsurface. “It is a welcome development given increasingly tight budgets for robotic explorations of the solar system,” The Times notes. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/opinion/a-deeper-search-for-secrets-on-mars.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
3. From Xinhuanet of China: Dark skies loom. Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt discusses the expansion of the universe in remarks before the International Astronomical Union in Beijing this week. In 100 billion years, the night sky will be filled only with the stars of the Milky Way and a few other merging star systems, he predicts. The expansion is attributed to the little understood forces of dark energy. “We don’t know how dark energy is generated,” notes Schmidt. “It seems to be a part of the fabric of space itself.” http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sci/2012-08/23/c_131803145.htm
4. From Space.com: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden marks two milestones in the agency’s efforts to foster commercial space transportation services. Among them, SpaceX has been cleared to begin regular cargo deliveries to the International Space Station. First launch in the series of contract missions will lift off in October. http://www.space.com/17258-private-space-taxis-nasa-milestones.html
5. From MSNBC.com and its news services: California-based XCOR Aerospace looks to Central Florida to establish a commercial suborbital space launch center and facilities for the production of the company’s reusable Lynx Mark II launch vehicle. XCOR eyes the Kennedy Space Center and the Space Shuttle Landing Facility as an East Coast hub. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48767216/ns/technology_and_science-space/
6. From Collectspace.com and Space.com: The Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer-1, long used at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to familiarize astronauts with the shuttle’s cockpit, arrived this week at Dayton, Ohio, where it will be placed on display at the National Museum of the U. S. Air Force. http://www.space.com/17257-space-shuttle-trainer-air-force-museum.html
7. From Florida Today: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden discusses NASA’s exploration objectives in a one-on-one interview with the newspaper in Pasadena, Calif., during the events surrounding the Curiosity landing. http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120823/space/308230031/nasa-chief-we-explore-because-s-what-humans-do?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|space
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