CSExtra – Thursday, September 13, 2012
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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. In Washington today, the nation honors Neil Armstrong, who died in August following a heart ailment. NASA’s Curiosity rover finishes a month-long checkout in Mars Gale Crater with a clean bill of health for a two year mission. NASA is better off now than it was four years ago, the agency’s deputy administrator tells a California aerospace audience. Efforts to develop the new Space Launch System and Orion/Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle for future U. S. human deep space missions will require stable funding. NASA and its contractor team inform a U. S. House panel on Wednesday. Amateurs reveal their value in tracking down recent explosions on Jupiter. Japan’s third cargo mission departs the International Space Station. Soon to launch NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn identifies his space roots.
1. From Spacepolicyonline.com: In Washington, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong will be honored with a memorial service today. Michael Collins, Armstrong’s command module pilot, and Gene Cernan, the last human to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 17, will be among those present. NASA will broadcast the 10 a.m., EDT, service http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/mike-collins-gene-cernan-to-speak-at-memorial-service-for-neil-armstrong-tomorrow
A. From the Washington Post: In an op-ed, Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 command module pilot, pays tribute to Armstrong. “He was genuine through and through,” notes Collins. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/michael-collins-the-neil-armstrong-i-knew–and-flew-with/2012/09/12/b3f7556c-fb7c-11e1-8adc-499661afe377_story.html
2. From Space.com: On Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover completes a month-long checkout phase in good shape. Ahead, are two years of sciences investigations to determine whether Mars was once habitable. http://www.space.com/17564-mars-rover-curiosity-health-checks.html
A. From CBS News: With the check out complete, Curiosity will move toward its first rock to begin the mission science. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57511655/robot-arm-in-good-shape-mars-rover-set-to-resumed-trek/?tag=mncol;lst;1
3. From Spacepolitics.com: In Pasadena, Calif., NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver finds NASA in a better place than four years ago. Garver addressed the AIAA Space 2012 Conference in Pasadena, Calif., earlier this week.
http://www.spacepolitics.com/2012/09/12/making-the-case-nasa-is-better-off-than-four-years-ago/ 4. From Florida Today: Efforts to develop NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion/Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle will require stable funding, representatives from the space agency and its contractors tell a House oversight panel on Wednesday. The new rocket and capsule are scheduled to begin test flights in 2014 and eventually start human explorers on deep space missions.
A. From Space.com: The cost to launch NASA’s Space Launch System may average $500 million per mission during the operational phase, a NASA official explains during an AIAA conference presentation this week. http://www.space.com/17556-giant-nasa-rocket-space-launch-cost.html
5. From The National Geographic: Amateur astronomers take the lead in documenting recent atmospheric explosions on giant Jupiter. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/09/120911-jupiter-amateur-astronomy-science-peterson-hall/
6. From Spaceflightnow.com: Japan’s third cargo re-supply mission to the International Space Station departed Wednesday with a dramatic note. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/h2b/htv3/120912departure/
7. From The Huffington Post: In less than three months, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn will be on his way to the International Space Station with Canadian and Russian colleagues. Space is a calling that began with Neil Armstrong’s footsteps on the moon and a budding interest in math and the sciences. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-arnon/my-conversation-with-an-a_b_1867693.html?utm_hp_ref=nasa
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