CSExtra – Thursday, February 9, 2012
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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. A new report from Washington suggests NASA Mars program will face cuts in the 2013 budget that will be unveiled next week. On the GOP presidential campaign trail, Newt Gingrich defends his human lunar base proposal as a means of generating new technologies and jobs. Using satellite measurements, scientists estimate the loss of glacier and other sources of ice worldwide. SpaceX announces Asian satellite launch agreements. Federal authorities indict a young Romanian for hacking into NASA computers. The European Space Agency prepares for a March cargo launch to the International Space Station. The travels of a newly discovery Martian meteorite. The Milky Way’s black hole is caught snacking. Strange sounds. Mars in the night sky.
1. From the Washington Post: NASA’s Mars program and other planetary initiatives faces cuts under the 2013 budget the White House will submit to Congress on Monday, according to scientists who have been briefed on the details, the Post reports. An alliance with the European Space Agency appears to be among the casualties. At least one House oversight committee member predicts opposition to the about face. Previous reports from Europe and Russia have revealed as much. http://wapo.st/xj9Qaq
A. From MSNBC: NASA’s eagle eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snaps new images of past NASA spacecraft on the Martian surface. The images show the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit and the Phoenix Mars Lander. Though out of commission, Spirit and Phoenix revealed much about the Martian past and the role water played in the planet’s evolution. http://on.msnbc.com/wIiuBz
2. From Spacepolitics.com: GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich sticks by call for a human lunar base that surfaced in January during the Florida primary. The endeavor and the tech spin offs it would render will create new jobs, Gingrich said while campaigning in Ohio. The former House speaker pointed to smart phones and personal computers as examples of “spin offs” that emerged from past investments in space technology. http://bit.ly/zCI5kr
3. From the Huntsville Times: The Earth’s glaciers, ice caps and icy continents were reduced by 1,000 cubic miles between 2003 and 2010, according to researchers. The scientists based their measurements on data gathered by NASA’s twin Grace satellites. The primary threat from such losses is a rise in sea water levels. http://bit.ly/x7IjyQ
4. From Florida Today: SpaceX announces agreements to launch two Asian communications satellites from Cape Canaveral in 2014. http://on.flatoday.com/wTvOj0
A. From Popular Mechanics: Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, discusses plans to make his Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule reusable. No wings, just propulsion, Musk explains. http://bit.ly/xNC4qq
5. From the Pasadena Star-News of California: Federal investigators indict a 25-year-old Romanian man for hacking into computers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The hacking interrupted computer activities involved in climate and weather research. http://bit.ly/Ao9UbX
6. From Spaceflightnow.com: The European Space Agency readies its third Automated Transfer Vehicle for launch to the International Space Station on March 9. The re-supply craft will carry fuel, air, water and others supplies to the orbiting science laboratory. http://bit.ly/wQisbA
7. From the New York Times: The compelling saga of a 2.4 pound meteorite that fell to Earth in July, landing in Morocco. The rock’s origins are Mars, experts determined. The rare rock has a new home, the National History Museum of London. http://nyti.ms/zuy9Ha
8. From Wired.com: Scientists say bright X-ray flares coming from the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy come from asteroid-sized objects being sucked in. http://bit.ly/wAYiQZ
9. From Discovery.com: Over the past month, there have been reports of strange sounds coming from the skies. Real or imagined? No matter, the reports have found a life on the Internet. http://bit.ly/wJsvXd
10. From Space.com: Thursday night, where skies are clear, the planet Mars will be shining close to a waning full moon. http://bit.ly/zHzzY8
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