CSExtra – Thursday, May 24, 2012
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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. In orbit, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft rehearsed its space station berthing early Thursday with a “fly under.” Planetary scientists pin hopes on Congress to restore NASA’s planetary science budget. NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn identifies another icy moon. The U. S. and Canada reach a surveillance data sharing agreement. A meteor shower from space.
1. From Spaceflightnow.com: SpaceX and NASA closed in on a successful berthing of the first U.S. commercial re-supply spacecraft early Thursday. A “fly under” of Dragon will lead to a linkup early Friday. See Spaceflightnow.com for independent updates. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/003/status.html
A. From CBS News: SpaceX, Dragon and NASA still in test flight mode. http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/home/spacenews/files/spacex_cots2_flyby.html
B. From the New York Times: The making of SpaceX founder Elon Musk, whose 10-year-old company is poised to become the first commercial spacecraft to berth with the International Space Station. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/science/space/spacexs-private-cargo-rocket-heads-to-space-station.html?_r=2&ref=science
C. From Aviation Week & Space Technology: The SpaceX Dragon will carry a “green propulsion” test bed to the International Space Station on a future mission. http://www.aviationnow.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_05_21_2012_p24-458579.xml
2. From Spacepolicyonline.com: Planetary scientists tell the National Research Council they are counting on Congress to restore cuts to NASA’s planetary sciences budget. The White House has proposed a significant reduction for 2013. http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/planetary-scientists-continue-to-pin-hopes-on-congress
3. From Science News: The NASA led Cassini mission finds another outer planet icy moon, This time its Hyperion, which belongs to Saturn. http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/340923/title/Frosted_honeycomb_of_a_moon
4. From Space News: The U. S and Canada agree to share space surveillance data over the next five years. The U. S. and Japan reached a prior agreement to develop a framework for similar data sharing. http://www.spacenews.com/military/120523-us-canada-ssa-data.html
5. From Space.com: NASA astronaut Don Pettit captured images of the April Lyrid meteor shower using a hand held video camera. http://www.space.com/15827-lyrid-meteor-pictures-space-astronaut.html
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