CSExtra – Friday, May 17, 2013
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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest news and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. A tribute to Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space and an advocate for science education. On Mars, NASA’s Opportunity rover out runs its lunar predecessors. Launching Inspiration Mars. NASA and Google join forces to explore quantum computing. On the International Space Station, astronauts preview the latest Star Trek feature, Star Trek Into the Darkness. Russia embraces a space warning role. After Chris Hadfield’s starring role in space, who is next for Canada? Who to follow in space over social media. Unraveling changes in Texas politics over support for U. S. space expansion.
1. From USA Today: America’s first woman in space, Sally Ride, who championed science and science education, will be honored Monday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Ride flew for the first time in 1983. She died last year of pancreatic cancer.
2. From Space.com: NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover breaks an Apollo moon rover record for distance traveled..
A. From Discovery.com: Dust devils create art on the Martian terrain. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter tracks the planet’s artistic flare.
3. From Space.com: Inspiration Mars, the privately organized mission to send two astronauts on a 501 day mission around Mars, weighs the launch vehicle options. They include SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Heavy, United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 and Delta 4 and possibly NASA’s Space Launch System. A 2018 departure is planned.
4. From The New York Times: NASA joins with Google to establish a lab for studies of quantum computing. The project may lead to computing thousands of times faster than even current super computers.
5. From Space.com: The crew of the International Space Station and cast of Star Trek Into the Darkness connect on Thursday. The event coincided with the Star Trek feature film’s opening.
6. From Ria Novosti: Russia initiates measures to warn its citizens of space disasters.
7. From CBSNews: Canada, celebrating the popularity of native Chris Hadfield’s first space command, confronts the fiscal realities as it looks to launching more of its countrymen into space. Those on deck include Jeremy Hansen, like Hadfield a former Canadian Air Force officer, and David St. Jacques, an astrophysicist-physician.
8. From National Geographic: Who in space to follow on social media, now that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is back on Earth. National Geographic suggests Karen Nyberg, who will be launching in late May, and Mike Massimino, a NASA astronaut who serves as an adviser to a network sitcom and an adjunct professor at Rice University in Houston.
9. From The Orlando Sentinel: In Texas, U. S. Senator Ted Cruz brings a changing perspective to space launch. His soft spoken predecessor, Kay Bailey Hutchison, championed a federal mission beyond low Earth orbit. Cruz favors a more commercial approach.
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