CSExtra – Friday, July 27, 2012
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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. The Department of Defense will slow the pace of rocket purchases to review pricing. The view of London, where the Summer Olympics opens Friday, from the International Space Station. Protecting NASA’s $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory as it soars to an Aug. 6 landing. In San Quentin, California prisoners make satellite components. Citizen astronauts sort out stars and black holes. Retired astronaut Fred Haise, a member of the Apollo 13 crew, takes questions on space exploration. Armadillo Aerospace secures a two year FAA license for suborbital operations.
1. From Space News: The Pentagon will slow the pace of Atlas 5 and Delta 4 purchases to review pricing, according to the General Accountability Office. http://www.spacenews.com/launch/120726-af-delay-eelv-block-buy.html
2. From The Los Angeles Times: The summer Olympics opens tonight in London. The Olympic city as seen at night from the International Space Station. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-london-at-night-20120726,0,2484605.story
3. From the Coalition for Space Exploration: NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission faces a dynamic descent to the surface of its destination early Aug. 6. Heat shielding will make the difference between surviving a seven minute plunge through the Martian atmosphere and burning up. http://spacecoalition.com/blog/video-beat-the-heat-mars-science-lab%e2%80%99s-taming-of-temperature?doing_wp_cron
4. From Space News: NASA’s Ames Research Center, skilled at forging novel partnerships to achieve success in the exploration of space, has turned to inmates in California’s San Quentin State Prison for help in fashioning the parts for a cubesat satellite deployment mechanism. http://www.spacenews.com/civil/120726-san-quentin-prisoners-building-satellite-hardware-for-nasa.html
5. From Sky and Telescope Magazine: A call for help from “citizen astronomers” went out in 2007. Since then, ordinary people with a fine eye and a zeal for space have helped to classify hundreds of faint galaxies embedded in the observations of the Hubble Space Telescope. Now, these volunteers are helping to shape theory on the formation of super massive black holes. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/Citizen-Science-Sheds-Light-on-Galaxy-Evolution-163852416.html
6. From Collectspace.com: Have a question about spaceflight? Retired NASA astronaut Fred Haise, who flew on NASA’s Apollo 13 mission and participated in the Enterprise shuttle test flight program, is providing answers by email as part of an Astronaut Scholarship Foundation program. http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum38/HTML/001537.html
7. From Space.com: Armadillo Aerospace of Heath, Tex., receives a two-year FAA license to launch and land the company’s reusable suborbital STIG B rocket. Operations are planned from Spaceport America in New Mexico. http://www.space.com/16782-private-reusable-launch-vehicle-armadillo-aerospace.html
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