CSExtra – Thursday, September 6, 2012
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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. More from the presidential candidates on their space exploration ambitions. Spacewalking astronauts overcome difficulties with a jammed bolt outside the International Space Station to install crucial power system box. NASA’s Dawn main belt asteroid mission departs Vesta for Ceres. The Voyager probes, launched 35 years ago, ease their way out of the solar system. Where’s the lithium? The latest preparations to place shuttle orbiters Atlantis and Endeavour on public display.
1. From ScienceDebate.org via Space News: President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney respond to ScienceDebate.org’s questions about space exploration. Obama favors an ambitious new direction. Romney promises to assemble stakeholders to set goals, identify missions, and define the pathway forward. http://www.spacenews.com/commentaries/120905-fromwires-obama-romney-space.html
A. From Spacepolicyonline.com: Romney’s goal of establishing clear goals for NASA would not require more money, his campaign tells ScienceDebate.org. http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/romney-nasa-needs-clear-priorities-not-more-money
B. From Spacepolitics.com: A deeper look at Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney’s space exploration aspirations. http://www.spacepolitics.com/2012/09/05/examining-romneys-sciencedebate-space-answer/
2. From NASAspaceflight.com: Spacewalking astronauts Sunita Williams and Akihiko Hoshide overcome problems with a jammed bolt on Wednesday to complete the installation of a critical power system switching unit outside the International Space Station. The repair, first attempted last week, allows the station to recover crucial solar power http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/09/iss-astronauts-second-eva-install-mbsu-1/
3. From USA Today: NASA’s dual main belt asteroid mission, Dawn, departs its first destination, Vesta, on Wednesday to begin a three-year trek to Ceres. Dawn spent more than a year in orbit at Vesta unraveling the asteroids dynamic geological history. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2012/09/dawn-departs-from-vesta-/1#.UEgOKbJmSM9
4. From Wired.com: Launched 35 years ago, NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 missions are departing the solar system, showing their age but still primed for discovery. http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/09/voyager-35th-anniversary/
A. From Space.com: Experts are divided on whether the long missions of the NASA Voyager spacecraft have taken them beyond the solar system. http://www.space.com/17456-voyager-1-spacecraft-solar-system-edge.html
5. From Sky & Telescope Magazine: Astronomers are puzzled over the absence of the isotope Lithium-7 in the universe. The big bang should have created more of the element, one of the lightest on the periodic chart. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/Universe-is-Still-Missing-its-Lithium-168625856.html
6. From Collectspace.com: A look at the latest efforts in Titusville, Fla., and Los Angeles, Calif., to provide public displays for the retired shuttle orbiters Atlantis and Endeavour. In Los Angeles, they have involved the controversial downing of trees to move Endeavour through the streets to the California Science Center. http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-090512a.html
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