CSExtra – Monday, September 10, 2012
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Monday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world, plus a roundup from the weekend. NASA schedules a very public cross country trip for the retired shuttle orbiter Endeavour, which will travel by air from Florida to Los Angeles for display at the California Science Center. Clay minerals on Mars that suggest the presence of ancient water, may instead have a volcanic origin. Wealthy adventurers look to commercial space travel. Russia will overcome space industry problems, says Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. India achieves a space launch milestone. President Obama’s touches on space briefly during a Florida campaign swing. A look at major space related activities scheduled for the week ahead. They include a Washington memorial service for Neil Armstrong and U. S. House and Senate hearings on NASA’s space exploration and commercial crew development space transportation plans. In Houston, a Rice University historian recalls JFK’s moon speech, delivered 50 years ago this week.
1. From Collectspace.com, Sept. 7: NASA sketches out plans to fly the retired shuttle orbiter Endeavour from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Los Angeles, Calif., for public display at the California Science Center. Flyovers along the route and an overnight stay in Houston are planned. A Sept. 17 departure is scheduled. http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-090712a.html
2. From Discovery.com, Sept. 9: Mars in its early era may not have been as wet and warm as many theorize. The debate turns on an explanation for the clay minerals on the planet that NASA rovers are primed to study more closely. http://news.discovery.com/space/mars-water-history-dry-clay-120909.html#mkcpgn=rssnws1
3. From The New York Times, Sept. 7: The Times finds many wealthy adventure seekers eagerly awaiting the chance to fly in space, from brief suborbital treks to orbital missions and journeys around the moon. http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/travel/space-tourism-is-here-wealthy-adventurers-wanted.html?ref=travel&_r=1
A. From The Denver Post, Sept. 9: Plans for a Colorado spaceport move ahead with fund raising to obtain FAA licensing. http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_21494821/spaceport-colorado-enters-fundraising-mode
B. From The Brownsville Herald of Texas, Sept. 8: Efforts by SpaceX to establish a commercial launch complex in Brownsville find favor on economic grounds. Proponents deal with environmental issues. http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/spacex-144662-plan-setting.html
4. From Ria Novosti of Russia, Sept. 7: Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin finds problems but not systemic crisis within Russia’s space industry. The government is in the process of addressing the problems, that include technology, personnel and discipline. The government’s military-industrial commission and the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos are working hard to eliminate those problems, according to Rogozin.
5. From The Times of India, Sept. 10: India celebrates its 100th space launch. French and Japanese satellites were on board.
6. From The Orlando Sentinel, Sept. 9: President Obama focuses on the future of Medicare during a weekend campaign swing that includes Florida’s Space Coast. On space, the president says his policies will turn orbital missions over to commercial providers, allowing NASA to focus on human deep space exploration.
7. From Spacepolicyonline.com, Sept. 9: A look at the major space policy related events scheduled for the week ahead. http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/events-of-interest-week-of-september-10-16-2012
A From Spacepolicyonline.com. Sept. 8: The U. S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hosts a Sept. 12 hearing on NASA’s Curiosity mission as well as the future of human and robotic space exploration. http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/senate-commerce-committee-hearing-on-robotic-and-human-space-exploration-next-week
B. From Spacepolitics.com, Sept. 8: The House Science Committee schedules a Sept. 14 hearing on NASA’s commercial crew initiative. http://www.spacepolitics.com/2012/09/08/house-commercial-crew-hearing-next-week/
C. From Space News, Sept. 7: Time and money figured in NASA’s choice of companies to fund for a third round of commercial crew development. Boeing, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX emerged from the competition. http://www.spacenews.com/civil/120907-nasa-explains-picks.html
8. From The Houston Chronicle, Sept. 9: In an op-ed, historian Douglas Brinkley recalls John Kennedy’s oft-cited moon speech of Sept. 12,1962, at Rice University. American explorers would reach the lunar terrain before the 1960s ended, vowed JFK in remarks that tied space exploration to national security. http://www.chron.com/default/article/50-years-ago-Kennedy-reached-for-stars-in-3852085.php
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