CSExtra – Thursday, August 23, 2012
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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. On Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover moves for the first time. Scientists name Curiosity’s landing site for American science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory blossoms into a long running news story. Liberty, the ocean going vessel used by NASA to retrieve space shuttle solid rocket boosters, goes to the Merchant Marines. The European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle nudges the International Space Station to higher altitude. Rice University, of Houston, lends expertise to a new NASA space weather mission.
1. From CBS News and Spaceflightnow.com: NASA’s Curiosity rover moves ahead for the first time on Wednesday. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/mars/msl/120822drive/
A. From The New York Times: Curiosity drives, a significant milestone for the $2.5 billion mission. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/science/space/nasas-curiosity-rover-gets-moving-on-mars.html?_r=2&ref=science
B. From Space.com: Scientists names Curiosity’s landing site for Ray Bradbury, the American science fiction author whose writings often involved Mars. http://www.space.com/17238-mars-rover-curiosity-ray-bradbury-memorial.html
C. From Wired.com: Images from Curiosity of the rover’s first drive. http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/curiosity-first-tracks-mars/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=wiredscienceclickthru&pid=4645
2.. From The Washington Post: Curiosity’s landing is no Sputnik moment, it’s much more as NASA and space exploration make continuous news. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/post/nasa-from-sputnik-moment-to-curiosity-flow/2012/08/22/a853203a-ec6b-11e1-866f-60a00f604425_blog.html
3. From Space.com and Collectspace.com: The U. S. Merchant Marines adopt the ocean going Liberty Star, the vessel that retrieved solid rocket boosters during NASA’s long running space shuttle program. Liberty Star will assume a training role.
4. From Ria Novosti: Thanks to the European Space Agency’s ATV-3 unmanned cargo ship, the International Space Station receives an orbital altitude budget. The ATV has been docked to the space station for weeks. http://en.rian.ru/science/20120822/175365597.html
5. From The Ultimate Bellaire, of Texas: Houston’s Rice University joins a new NASA mission to improve space weather forecasting. The twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes are scheduled for launching this week.
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