CSExtra – Thursday, May 9, 2013
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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest news and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. The three-day Human 2 Mars Summit in Washington draws to a close, with discussions of growing food and controlling clutter on the long expedition. What’s next for Curiosity. Europe to assess the link between the world’s forests and atmospheric carbon. A tribute for Sally Ride, the first U. S. female astronaut. Scholars from the U. S. and Mexico prepare an observing campaign for a new telescope. Minnesota high school space enthusiast earns a trip to Kazakhstan to witness a Soyuz launching. Imagining the Earth without the moon. Entertainer Skrillex visits NASA.
1. From The Washington Post: The exploration of Mars is likely to entail a long journey, which raises the challenge of growing food on the red planet. To grow plants on Mars, you have to first think about light, air pressure, carbon dioxide, water, and a host of other environmental factors.
A. From The Washington Post: On Mars, clutter and dust could be major issues for explorers.
2. From Space.com: On Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover prepares to examine a new rock that could hold clues about whether Mars was once suitable for microbial life, then it’s off to the base of Mt. Sharp, which juts more than three miles from Gale Crater. Curiosity landed in Gale last August and just emerged from an anticipated black out period.
3. From Spaceflightnow.com: The European Space Agency moves forward with a mission to assess the effects of the world’s forests on the recycling of atmospheric carbon and climate change.
4. From Collectspace.com: The JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington will celebrate the life of Sally Ride, the first U S. female astronaut, on May 20.
5. From Space News: The U. S. is prepared to protect U. S. space assets, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter tells a National Press Club gathering. The Pentagon’s 2014 budget includes $28.7 million for a Space Protection Program, which is intended to provide resilience for military and intelligence gathering space systems.
6. From The Science Insider: An academic collaboration between the United States and Mexico leads to an inaugural observation campaign using Mexico’s Large Millimeter Telescope in the state of Puebla
7. From NBC News and Cosmiclog.com: In Minnesota, space enthusiast Abigale Harrison uses social media to spread the word about the importance of space exploration. The high school sophomore is headed to Kazakhstan this month to observe the launch of new crew members headed to the International Space Station. Harrison is drawing encouragement from European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano.
8. From Discovery.com: Contemplating the Earth without the moon. Not a pretty picture.
9. From Space.com: Skrillex encounters NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the training facilities that prepare astronauts for life in space.
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