CSExtra – Friday, September 7, 2012
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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, who died last month, will be buried at sea. The Obama campaign releases a space policy white paper in Florida. NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity prepares for robot arm check out. NASA’s Orion/Multipurpose Crew Vehicle will undergo water impact tests. Retired orbiter Endeavour’s trip from Florida to Los Angeles this month may include a flyover of White Sands, N. M., home to one of NASA’s three shuttle runways. China will increase maritime observations from space. Art and astrobiology. The promise of solar sailing.
1. From Collectspace.com: Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, who died in late August, will be buried at sea. A national memorial for the first human to walk the surface of another world is scheduled Sept. 13 in Washington D. C. http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-090612b.html
2. From Spacepolitics.com: President Obama plans a campaign stop in Florida, a battleground state, this weekend. His campaign releases a white paper on his space policy accomplishments ahead of the campaign swing. http://www.spacepolitics.com/2012/09/06/white-paper-outlines-key-accomplishments-of-obama-administration-in-space/
A. From Spacepolicyonline.com: Obama plans to take his re-election campaign to Melbourne, Fla., on Sunday for a discussion of regional issues, including space. The website assesses the accomplishments outlined in a campaign’s space white paper, including support for science and extended operations of the International Space Station. http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/obama-florida-campaign-touts-his-space-accomplishments
3. From Spaceflightnow.com and CBS News: On Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover prepares to check out its robot arm. Since landing in Gale Crater on Aug. 6, Curiosity has driven the length of a football field. The robot arm check out will prepare the rover for its first studies of the soil and rock. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/mars/msl/120906driving/
A. From the Associated Press via the Washington Post: Curiosity’s initial drive makes tracks on the red planet, and they are visible to an orbiting satellite. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/nasa-leaves-a-visible-mark-of-accomplishment-on-mars-curiositys-tire-tracks-seen-from-orbit/2012/09/06/62544bec-f858-11e1-a93b-7185e3f88849_story.html
4. From the Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle: NASA’s Orion/Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle will undergo water impact testing at the Langley Research Center in Virginia. Orion is being developed for human deep space exploration. The first un-piloted test flight is planned for 2014. http://www.chron.com/default/article/NASA-testing-spacecraft-s-water-impact-in-Va-3846525.php
5. From The Las Cruces Sun-News of New Mexico, NASA looks to a fly over of White Sands, N. M., with Endeavour as the retired shuttle orbiter travels by air transport this month from Florida to Los Angeles and public display at the California Science Center. http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_21476381/space-shuttle-fly-las-cruces-skies-farewell-trip
6. From Xinhuanet of China: China plans to step up its maritime surveillance with more satellites. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sci/2012-09/06/c_131831536.htm
7. From Wired.com: At the SETI Institute, artist in residence Charles Lindsay collaborates with scientists on new ways to mix art and science to engage the public in astrobiology. http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2012/09/setis-first-artist-in-residence-transports-viewers-to-alien-worlds/
8. From Discovery.com: Solar sails have come a long way. http://news.discovery.com/space/solar-sails-interplanetary-propulsion-energy-120906.html
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