CSExtra – Thursday, September 27, 2012
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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden tells a European audience the U. S. will look to international partners to further the exploration of Mars, even after the agency’s decision to withdraw from the ExoMars collaboration. International Space Station managers weigh maneuvers to avoid a close pass from orbital debris. Images from the Hubble Space Telescope look deeper into the universe than ever before. A Florida newspaper editorial questions pledges from the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates to preserve U. S. leadership in space. Suborbital passenger flights could be launching aboard Virgin Galactic spacecraft from New Mexico by early 2014. With NOAA’s GOES 13 Atlantic hurricane sentry on the blink, U. S. experts prepare an orbiting replacement to take over. Stellar death theories.
1. From Space News: The United States will look to the international community for partners in the future exploration of Mars, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden tells a European audience. The U. S. will sort through options for future Mars missions outlined this week by NASA’s Mars Mission Planning Group. The group was formed in response to budget constraints outlined earlier this year, including restrictions that prompted a U. S. withdrawal from a joint effort with Europe to collect samples of Martian soil with robotic missions. http://www.spacenews.com/civil/120926-us-europe-mars-exploration.html
2. From Space.com: International Space Station managers prepare for a possible maneuver early Thursday to dodge orbital debris from a smashed Russian communications satellite and fragments from an exploded Indian rocket. The debris concern is a factor in a postponed departure of the European Space Agency’s unpiloted Automated Transfer Vehicle. http://www.space.com/17778-space-junk-near-international-space-station.html
3. From National Geographic News: In a single deep core image, the Hubble Space Telescope stares back into the early history of the cosmos. Dramatically in focus: the earliest star system imaged so far — one that formed just a few hundred millions years after the big bang. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/09/120926-hubble-space-telescope-deepest-most-detailed-view-science-nasa/
A. From CNN: The Hubble Space Telescope is offering a “time tunnel” view into the infancy of the universe. http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/26/baby-pictures-nasa-photo-shows-earliest-stages-of-universe/?hpt=us_t2
4. From The Orlando Sentinel: In a editorial: the Sentinel sounds a skeptical note to pledges from both major presidential candidates that they will keep the U. S. at the forefront of global space exploration. Neither President Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney are providing essential details, the Sentinel writes. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-ed-obama-romney-space-092712-20120926,0,7513487.story
5. From Parabolic Arc: Operational passenger flights from Spaceport America in New Mexico may be underway by February 2014. http://www.parabolicarc.com/2012/09/26/new-mexico-expects-first-operational-spaceshiptwo-flights-in-february-2014/
6. From Spaceflightnow.com: Experts rush to pinpoint the problems that led to the loss of NOAA’s GOES 13 weather satellite, which serves as a hurricane sentry for the Atlantic Ocean and the U. S. East Coast. A new spacecraft, GOES 14, is prepped to take over. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1209/26goes13/
7. From Space.com: A study from the journal Nature sheds new light on the supernova processes of sun-like stars. One leaves a companion star behind, another does not. http://www.space.com/17776-brightest-star-explosion-lonely-supernovas.html
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