CSExtra – Friday, January 11, 2013
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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. Funding uncertainties cast risk on NASA commercial crew and deep space exploration development efforts, an independent safety panel cautions. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield juggles work with social media, photography and song to charm his countrymen. Cash prizes for scientific breakthroughs. New findings say space is smooth, not foamy. An old star looms not far. Commercial spaceflight raises medical challenges. The next spacecraft in NASA’s Landsat series receives a Feb. 11 launch date. Astronomers will find funds for their projects scarce, a key lawmaker warns.
1. From Spacepolicyonline.com: NASA’s independent Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel issued its annual report this week and warns that funding uncertainties might jeopardize the safety of the agency’s commercial crew space transportation and human deep space exploration initiatives. The nine member panel, which was chartered by Congress after the fatal Apollo 1 fire in 1967, said the agency’s efforts to alter development oversight to cut expenses may come at the expense of safety.
2. From the Province, of Vancouver, Canada: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield connects with his countrymen from his perch aboard the International Space Station through social media, photography and his music. In March, Hadfield is scheduled to become the first from Canada to command the six person orbital outpost.
3. From The Los Angeles Times: A look at the trend started by the Ansari X-Prize, $10 million in winnings issued to the first private team to launch back-to-back piloted suborbital space flights. The 2004 award has since spurred all kinds of breakthroughs in fields ranging from health care to robotics.
4. From Space.com: We like our space smooth, the Albert Einstein way. Studies using NASA’s Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope of photons that traveled seven billion light years through space suggest the famous physicist was correct when his General Theory of Relativity described space-time as smooth rather than foamy. The findings were presented this week before the American Astronomical Society.
5. From Nature News: At 13.2 billion years of age, the star HD 140283 formed shortly after the big bang. Still burning, this star lies close, just 186 light years from our much younger solar system, astronomers announced at this week’s American Astronomical Society meeting in Long Beach, Calif.
A. From Space.com: Astronomers debut NGC 6872, a monster barred spiral galaxy, at the American Astronomical Society meeting. The star system stretches 522,000 light years across, five times larger than our Milky Way. The big galaxy is 212 million light years away.
6. From Forbes.com: Physicians brace for the coming age of commercial spaceflights. It’s not at all clear what the risks are, nor how prospective commercial passengers will be screened for launchings aboard emerging suborbital and orbital spacecraft.
7. From Space.com: NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission receives a Feb. 11 launch date. The new spacecraft will replace Landsat 5 to continue a 40 year legacy of remote sensing. Imagery from the Landsat series has improved land use and the management of natural resources.
8. From Spacepolitics.com: At the American Astronomical Society conference in Long Beach, Calif., U. S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacker, the new vice chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, cautioned those anticipating an increase in funding for their programs not to expect budget growth. Saying, “NASA deserves more money ain’t going to cut it,” the lawmaker told a science and public policy event. A Congressional colleague, however, vowed to fight for increased spending on NASA’s Mars program.
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