CSExtra – Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. In Earth orbit, the SpaceX Dragon supply capsule successfully berths with the International Space Station. In Moscow, English soprano Sarah Brightman announces plans to travel to the space station as a paying tourist. Parachutist Felix Baumgartner looks to the weekend for a possible attempt at a record setting parachute jump. Scientists suggest human activity is a factor in Antarctic ice gains as well as Arctic ice losses. NOAA marks 30 years of assisting in remote rescues. Mojave, Calif., draws space entrepreneurs.
1. From Spaceflightnow.com: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station attach the unpiloted SpaceX Dragon supply capsule to the orbiting science laboratory early Wednesday. The Dragon arrival supports a transition from government to private companies in orbital activities. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/004/121010arrival/
A. From The Huntsville Times: Space station astronauts begin unpacking the Dragon supply ship. http://blog.al.com/breaking/2012/10/space_station_astronauts_open.html
2. From Space.com: British singer/actress Sarah Brightman will train for a 10-day visit to the International Space Station as soon as 2015. Her training will follow the upcoming release of a new album and a world tour. Roscosmos will furnish the transportation. http://www.space.com/17988-sarah-brightman-space-tourist-flight.html
A. From Collectspace.com: Sarah Brightman will represent UNESCO’s education and cultural goals as part of her mission. http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-101012a.html
3. From Reuters via MSNBC: Austrian Felix Baumgartner’s record high altitude parachute jump is re-scheduled for Sunday – at the earliest. High winds at the jump site in Roswell, N. M., forced a postponement of the leap from the edge of space earlier this week. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49365329/ns/technology_and_science-space/
4. From The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle: While ice in the Arctic diminishes, it’s increasing in the Antarctic. Both phenomena are associated with human induced climate change, scientists tell skeptics. http://www.chron.com/default/article/Experts-Global-warming-means-more-Antarctic-ice-3936491.php
5. From Spacepolicyonline.com: The U. S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marks the 30th year of its satellite search and rescue program, a cooperative project started with the former Soviet Union, France and Canada. NOAA’s SARSAT satellite transponders have lead to the rescue of an estimated 30,000 people.
6. From The Los Angeles Times: The Mojave Air and Space Port becomes a hub for space entrepreneurs. Many are young and looking for hands on opportunities. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mojave-rocketeers-20121011,0,5185481.story
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