CSExtra – Friday, January 4, 2013
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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities. Studies of a new Martian meteorite raise questions about how recently water interacted with the surface of the red planet. As it departs, the 112th U. S. Congress urges the White House to pursue development of new NASA and commercial human space transportation capabilities. A House appropriations veteran vows to strengthen the nation’s standing in global space development. President Obama lifts restrictions on U. S. satellite sales abroad. Golden Spike selects a partner to develop the lander hardware for its private lunar exploration initiative. Studies of the Andromeda galaxy suggest models of star group formation may need to be amended. The U. S. Senate balks at a House measure to rename NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center for Neil Armstrong.
1. From Science News: A recently obtained meteorite of Martian origins suggests the red planet hosted conditions in which liquid water interacted with the surface as recently as 2.1 million years ago. The meteorite, recovered from Africa, contains 10 times as much mineral bound water as other known space rocks from Mars.
A. From CNN: A small meteorite of Martian origins has 10 times water content of any previous rock linked to the red planet.
B. From Wired.com: The Latest Martian meteorite appears to be one of a kind, raising prospects Mars was suitable for life more recently than previously thought.
C. From Discovery.com: A Martian meteorite with a comparative high water content hints at conditions suitable for some form of life more recently than previously thought.
2. From The Huntsville Times: The 112th Congress left a bi-partisan statement before it adjourned this week for the final time. As an amendment to the 2010 NASA Authorization act, lawmakers urged the White House and the new Congress to proceed with development of the Orion capsule and the Space Launch System for future human deep space exploration. They also re-endorsed efforts by NASA to foster commercial orbital space transportation services.
3. From The New York Times: President Obama signs legislation lifting a ban on the sales of U. S. communications satellites abroad. The about face should benefit companies like Boeing, Hughes and Space Systems Loral. The previous 1999 restrictions were passed to keep U. S. high tech from falling into the hands of adversaries.
A. From Spacepolicyonline.com: Chairman Frank Wolf of the House appropriations subcommittee responsible for NASA vows to make the U. S. more competitive in the global space arena.
4. From The Denver Post: The privately initiated lunar exploration company Golden Spike selects Northrup Grumman to develop a moon lander. The company’s predecessors developed the lander for NASA’s Apollo lunar exploration missions.
A. From The Los Angeles Times: Studies of the nearby Andromeda Galaxy suggest the formation of star colonies may not be as straight forward as currently believed.
5. From Spacepolitics.com: Efforts by the U. S. House to rename NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center of California for Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong lapse as the 112th Congress lapses on Thursday. The matter falls to the next Congress to consider.
A. From Collectspace.com: According to British researchers, Armstrong was less than spontaneous about the words he spoke as he became the first human to step to the surface of a new world.
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