CSExtra – Friday, March 23, 2012
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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. In French Guiana, the European Space Agency successfully launches an unpiloted cargo vessel to the International Space Station. The head of Russia’s federal space agency says more emphasis will be placed commercial space activities. The White House may be prepared to release a new national space transportation policy this fall. U. S. and Egyptian teens win a YouTube competition that will permit their experiments to be carried out aboard the space station. Record high temperatures in the U.S. have some experts looking for a link to global warming. NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury hints of water ice in polar craters. Might Jupiter’s ice covered moon Europa host some form of life?
1. From Space.com: The European Space Agency successfully launches its third re-supply mission to the International Space Station early Friday. The unpiloted ATV-3, christened Edoardo Amaldi, is on a course to reach the six person orbital laboratory on Mar. 28, delivering nearly 15,000 pounds of propellant, water and other equipment. The capsule lifted off atop an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana at 12:34 a.m., EDT. http://www.space.com/15011-atv3-space-cargo-launch-wrap.html
2. From Rianovosti of Russia: Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency, will place a greater emphasis on Earth orbital missions that bolster the country’s share of the commercial space market, Vladimir Popovkin, the organization’s chief, tells a Moscow forum on Thursday. “Farmers, businessmen and individuals alike should profit from results of [our] space activity,” he said. http://en.ria.ru/russia/20120322/172328344.html
3. From Spacepolitics.com: The White House should be close to the formulation of a new national space transportation policy, according to Peter Marquez, the administration’s former space policy director. The heavily reviewed document is likely to address commercial capabilities, international cooperation, safety and workforce education. http://www.spacepolitics.com/2012/03/22/new-space-transportation-policy-hopefully-out-by-fall/
A. From Space News: A House appropriations panel looks to NASA’s commercial crew space transportation initiative as a potential source of funding to erase a cut facing the agency’s planetary exploration program. http://www.spacenews.com/policy/120322-wolf-eyes-commercial-budget.html
4. From MSNBC: Teenagers from the U. S. and Egypt win the opportunity to see their experiments carried out aboard the space station as the winners of the YouTube Space Lab contest. They plan to study how spiders and bacteria fare in the absence of gravity. http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/22/10813982-teens-get-to-put-their-bugs-in-orbit
5. From The Washington Post: Record temperatures this week across the Upper Midwest, the Great Lakes Region and the Northeast have experts wondering whether the trend is linked to global warming. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/epic-march-heat-wave-to-conclude-in-midwest-great-lakes-link-to-global-warming/2012/03/22/gIQA6hj3TS_blog.html
6. From The Coalition For Space Exploration: NASA’s successful MESSENGER mission to Mercury hints at the presence of water ice in the recesses of permanently shadowed polar craters. Scientists are sharing the mission’s findings this week at the 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Tex. http://spacecoalition.com/blog/planet-mercury-news-what%e2%80%99s-hiding-in-those-polar-shadows
7. From Space.com: The Jovian moon Europa, an icy covered planetary body, is considered the Holy Grail of destinations by many planetary scientists. This ice shrouded water world could host life. http://www.space.com/14997-jupiter-europa-ocean-submarine-robot.html
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