CSExtra – Monday, June 24, 2013
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Monday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe, plus a roundup of weekend activities. Two cosmonauts prepare for a Monday spacewalk outside the International Space Station. China’s Shenzhou-10 crew carries out a manual docking with the Tiangong-1 orbital outpost on Sunday. Super moon becomes weekend attraction. Russian lunar rover maintains lead in planetary surface marathon. What awaits NASA’s latest astronaut selections? House panel was mistaken in dismissing proposed NASA asteroid mission, according to editorial. NASA lines up hardware for production of Space Launch System. NASA experiments, cremains take flight from Spaceport America. Astronomers image colliding galaxies with Hubble Space Telescope. A look at space related activities scheduled for the week ahead.
1. From Ria Novosti, of Russia, June 24: Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin prep for a six hour spacewalk outside the Russian segment of the International Space Station on Monday. Their tasks include upgrades and equipment checks for the arrival of Russia’s Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module later this year.
2. From Xinhuanet, of China, June 23: China’s three Shenzhou-10 astronauts depart the Tiangong-1 orbital outpost for a manual docking exercise on Sunday. Launched June 11, Shenzhou-10 carried out an automated docking as the three astronauts reached the outpost two days later.
A. From Discovery.com, June 22: European photographers capture pictures of China’s Tiangong-1 orbital outpost as it crosses in front of the sun.
3. From NBC News and Cosmiclog, June 23: Images of the super moon from the weekend become a social media sensation with opportunities for some creative photography.
4. From Nature News, June 21: The former Soviet Union’s Lunokhod-2 moon rover covered 42 Km in 1973, according to images of the rover track gathered by a lunar orbiting satellite. NASA’s still active Opportunity rover on Mars, in the mean time, has covered 37 Km and continues to pursue the record.
5. From Florida Today, June 23: What’s to become of NASA’s newest astronaut class, wonders columnist John Kelly. The names of the four men and four women were announced early last week. Their training begins in August, but their future activities seem unclear: missions to the International Space Station or to deep space to explore an asteroid, the moon, the moons of Mars, Mars?
6. From The Daytona Beach News Journal, of Florida, June 22: The U. S. House Science Subcommittee was mistaken in dismissing the Obama Administration’s proposed asteroid retrieval mission, the newspaper writes in an editorial.
A. From Ria Novosti, of Russia, June 23: Soviet era SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missions are suited to fend off collision threats to the Earth from small “suddenly discovered” asteroids, according to a prominent Russian rocket designer.
7. From The Associated Press via the Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., June 22: At Michoud, hardware moves into place for the production of the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System, the big rocket that is a cornerstone of future U. S. deep space human exploration planning.
8. From Las Cruces Sun News, of New Mexico, June 21: A suborbital rocket carries NASA and student experiments as well as human cremains from Spaceport America on Friday.
9. From The Rio Grande Valley Morning Star, of Texas, June 20: SpaceX makes new property purchase in the Brownsville area of South Texas as the Hawthorne, Calif., based company continues to evaluate multiple sites for a possible new commercial launch complex.
10. From Time Magazine, June 21: The Hubble Space Telescope captures an image of colliding galaxies, one spiral and one elliptical. The outcome resembles a Penguin guarding an egg.
11. From Spacepolicyonline.com, June 23: A look at major space policy activities scheduled for the week ahead.
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