CSExtra – Monday, May 13, 2013
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Monday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world, as well as updates from the weekend. Canada’s first International Space Station commander, Chris Hadfield, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and cosmonaut Roman Romanenko are set to descend to Earth late Monday, ending a 146 day expedition. NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn address a sudden coolant leak outside the International Space Station with a spacewalk. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is pleased with Langley Research Center programs, but concerned about the impact of an extended budget sequester. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reach worrisome milestone. Suborbital strides. International Space Station program managers assess possible damage from a late April Progress supply ship docking. Canada loses use of an early Earth observing satellite. At the Kennedy Space Center, engineers test Orion capsule prior to 2014 unpiloted flight test. A look at major space activities scheduled for the week ahead.
1. From CBSNews.com, May 12: International Space Station crew members Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko are to conclude a 146 day mission late Monday, as they descend to Earth in a Russian Soyuz capsule. Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the space station, marks the departure with a performance of David Bowie’s Space Oddity.
A. From The Telegraph of London, May 13: Canada’s Chris Hadfield used his space station command opportunity to “bring space back to Earth,” with word, song and social media as well professional competence, writes The Telegraph.
2. From CBS News and Spaceflightnow.com, May 11: NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn replace a leaking International Space Station cooling system component with a spacewalk on Saturday. Flight controllers plan a lengthy post-spacewalk evaluation of the thermal control system before declaring the repair a success. The leak was spotted Thursday, prompting an unusually rapid spacewalk response.
A. From Space News, May 11: Good chance ammonia leak fixed.
B. From The New York Times, May 11: Space station leak prompts hasty spacewalk, shutdown of solar power channel.
C. From The Boston Herald, May 12: From York, Maine, a proud mother looks on as her son, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and former U. S. Navy SEAL, participates in a spacewalk repair outside the International Space Station. “It’s just amazing to think that that is my son in the space suit, floating around doing all those things,” says Janice Cassidy.
3. From The Hampton Roads Daily Press, of Virginia, May 10: Administrator Charles Bolden visits with engineers at work on advances in aeronautics and other projects at NASA’s Langley Research Center. In remarks, Bolden cautions that near term spending has been tailored to deal with the 2013 budget sequester but that many of the agency’s projects could face setbacks unless lawmakers change course.http://www.dailypress.com/news/science/dp-nws-nasa-bolden-visit-20130510,0,1769522.story
A. From USA Today, May 10: President Obama’s civil space strategy, an initiative that looked to new commercial orbital space transportation services, finds resistance in Congress. Some policy analysts believe tensions formed over a White House decision to cancel the previous administration’s Constellation back to the moon program.
B. From The Orlando Sentinel, May 11: Advances in commercial space promise more jobs. In Florida, though, it could bring changes to sanctuaries for the region’s wildlife. “Which child do you love most?” asks one state official.
4. From The Associated Press via the Houston Chronicle, May 12: Carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere rise to a new milestone. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher cautions there will be more to come.
5. From Parabolic Arc, May 10: The U. S. suborbital passenger market flexes its muscle with a Virgin Galactic price increase and a competitor’s plans to accommodate scientific researchers and engineers.
6. From Space News, May 10: ISS managers assess a possibility that the late April docking of a Russian Progress cargo capsule with an un-deployed navigation antenna may have damaged a docking port reflector needed to berth a future European Space Agency resupply craft. Inspections and a reflector replacement may be required.
7. From The Canadian Press, May 9: The Canadian Space Agency declares the country’s first Earth observing spacecraft, Radarsat-1, no longer operational due to a technical problem. A replacement constellation is nearing a 2018 lift off.
8. From Spaceflightnow.com, May 12: At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, engineers test the Orion capsule assigned to an unpiloted test launch in late 2014. The ground based stress testing will assess repairs to cracks found in the spacecraft after a 2012 pressure test.
9. From Spacepolicyonline.com, May 12: A look at major space policy events scheduled for the week ahead.
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