CSExtra – Thursday, April 19, 2012
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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. In Washington, House and Senate appropriators look to cuts in NASA’s proposed commercial crew development initiative spending for 2013 during budget proceedings; Senate appropriators propose more money for NASA’s Orion/Multipurpose Crew Vehicle and Space Launch System. In formal ceremonies Thursday, NASA orbiter Discovery will be transferred to the Smithsonian Institution for public display. Two aerospace companies propose a revival of the Saturn V, F-1 rocket engine for NASA’s Space Launch System. The Hubble Space Telescope nears the 22nd anniversary of its launching. Space madness and an Earthly migration.
1. From Space News: House and Senate budget measures would cut NASA’s request for commercial crew development activities. The White House proposed $17.7 billion budget for NASA in 2013 would include $830 million to foster at least two U. S. crew transport companies. The House version of the budget legislation would trim the total to $500 million: the Senate version would cut the total to $525 million. http://www.spacenews.com/policy/120418-house-appropriators-vote-nasa-budget.html
A. From Spaceflightnow.com: A U. S. Senate appropriations panel increases proposed spending on NASA’s human deep space exploration duo, the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle and the Space Launch System. The Senate panel proposes $1.2 for Orion/MPCV and $1.5 billion for SLS. The White House sought $1 billion for Orion and $1.3 billion for the launcher. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1204/18senate/
B. From Science Insider: House appropriators direct NASA to invest $150 million in the development of a Mars Sample Return Mission. The National Research Council would be required to verify the strategy. The White House proposed a cut in NASA’s planetary science line contained in the agency’s proposed $17.7 billion budget. Budget limitations prompted NASA to withdraw from the European Space Agency’s ExoMars initiative which was focused on 2016 and 2018 missions to Mars to lay the ground work for a sample return mission. http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/04/house-panel-wants-nasa-to-plan.html?ref=hp
C. From Spacepolicyonline.com: If not a Mars sample return mission, NASA would be directed by a House appropriations measure to spend the $150 million on a mission to the Jovian moon Europa. http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/house-cjs-subcommittee-wants-nrc-blessing-on-new-mars-mission-or-money-goes-to-europa
D. From Spacepolitics.com: House appropriators signal a $17.6 billion top line for NASA in 2013, about $138 million less than sought by the White House. http://www.spacepolitics.com/2012/04/18/house-offers-a-slightly-smaller-nasa-budget/
2. From The Associated Press via Yahoo.com: Orbiter Discovery will take her place at the Smithsonian Institution’s Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport in ceremonies today at 11:30 a.m. EDT. NASA’s fleet leading orbiter was flown from the Kennedy Space Center to the Washington area on Tuesday to be placed on public display. Thousands are expected for today’s ceremonies. http://news.yahoo.com/smithsonian-welcomes-discovery-space-collection-073841376.html
A. From the New York Times: At the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, officials make space for the NASA test orbiter Enterprise, which is scheduled to be transported from Dulles International Airport and the Washington area atop a Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft on Monday. Enterprise is departing the Smithsonian Institution’s Udvar-Hazy wing of the National Air and Space Museum to make way for shuttle Discovery. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/19/nyregion/anticipating-space-shuttles-arrival-old-warplanes-ship-out.html?_r=1
B. From The Hill: In an appearance Wednesday on CBS’s Face-to-Face, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden reminisced briefly on the shuttle orbiter Discovery’s Washington fly over this week, noting the winged space ship was part of U. S. space heritage. NASA is focused on deep space and reaching Mars in two decades, said Bolden, a former shuttle astronaut. http://thehill.com/video/administration/222379-nasa-administrator-final-shuttle-flight-next-era-of-exploration
3. From MSNBC.com: India successfully test launches the Agni-V ballistic missile, which has a range of more than 3,000 miles, enough to strike major Chinese cities and reach Europe. The rising Asian power joins an elite global club. http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/18/11275632-india-test-fires-china-killer-missile-capable-of-reaching-beijing-europe?lite
A. From Rianovosti of Russia: North Korea’s failed attempt to launch a satellite last week poses no threat to the United States, according to a U. S. Missile Defense Agency official. The U. S., Japan and others characterized the launch as a veiled intercontinental ballistic missile test. http://en.rian.ru/world/20120419/172906446.html
4. From Spaceflightnow.com: Dynetics joined with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to propose the revival of the Saturn V, F-1 rocket engine that powered NASA’s Saturn V Apollo moon rocket. The latest version of the F-1 will compete for a role in NASA’s new Space Launch System, the heavy lifter under development to launch the new Orion/Multipurpose Crew Vehicle on human deep space missions. NASA expects to study several proposals. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1204/18dynetics/
5. From Sky and Telescope Magazine: NASA is soon to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope launch. One commemorative image reveals an intense star forming region of 30 Doradus. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/Hubble-Celebrates-Birthday-as-Shuttle-Retires-147952795.html
6. From Space.com: In the earliest days of human spaceflight, medical experts and others were concerned astronauts might face a sort of “space madness” while weightless in their cramped spacecraft. That concern eased, but the experts still ponder how humans will respond to living in space over the long haul. http://www.space.com/15325-astronauts-space-madness.html
7. From Discovery.com: Do most planets migrate in their orbits around stars. Might the Earth have begun its life much closer to the sun? http://news.discovery.com/space/was-earth-a-migratory-planet-120418.html
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