CSExtra – Top Space News for Friday, August 23
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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. Cosmonauts struggle Thursday to equip the International Space Station with a telescope mount during a spacewalk. More on the Global Exploration Roadmap, a 12 nation collaboration unveiled earlier this week that seems to converge on an asteroid as the next destination for humans. NASA and Orbital Sciences Corp. look to Sept. 17 for the start of a key commercial re-supply mission to the International Space Station for the Virginia company. Boeing backs efforts to establish a unique shuttle tribute in Houston. Former Russian missile launches South Korean satellite. Solar flare activity may bring weekend solar storms. Cassini’s Earth portrait unites Earthlings.
1. From Space.com: Spacewalking cosmonauts overcome difficulties outside the International Space Station Thursday to install a mount for an external telescope. Spacewalkers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin back off one of the spacewalk’s primary goals. A second attempt brings success during an excursion in which the two men also re-secured a series of antenna covers after one floated away this week.
A. From Ria Novosti, of Russia: Spacewalking cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin unfurl a Russian flag outside the International Space Station in honor of Russia’s “Flag Day” at the conclusion of a six hour excursion.
2. From Spacepolitics.com: The latest version of a 12 nation Global Exploration Roadmap would have human explorers head for an asteroid, the moon then Mars. The international planning alliance, of which the U. S. is part, unveiled their plans earlier this week. It updates a two year old blue print that envisioned Mars as the ultimate goal but from either an asteroid or a moon first perspective.
A. From The Houston Chronicle: NASA’s deep space strategy is flawed, according to retired space agency engineer Don Nelson in an op-ed. Nelson raises concerns that China is moving on a more productive path, one that embraces reusable human spacecraft that can operate at a lower cost and with more safety.
B. From NBC News.com: Dutch based Mars One says more than 165,000 Earthlings have applied to participate in the colonization of Mars as an Aug. 31 application deadline approaches. Mars One expects to take two to three months to determine who moves on to the second selection round. Mars One is nearly a decade away from launching the first of its red planet colonists.
3. From Spacepolicyonline.come: NASA and Orbital Sciences Corp. look to Sept.17 for the launch of a commercial re-supply mission to the International Space Station. A successful mission in September will quality the Virginia based company to begin launching a series of supply missions to the station under a NASA contract. Orbital Sciences had been looking to Sept. 15 for the lift off.
A. From Spaceflightnow.com: Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser takes to the air in California for a captive carry test. Sierra Nevada is one of three companies working with NASA to develop U.S. commercial crew transportation capabilities in support of International Space Station operations.
4. From Collectspace: Boeing backs effort to create a Space Shuttle program tribute at Space Center Houston in Texas. During ceremonies Thursday, the aerospace giant says it will lead the move of a NASA Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft from Ellington Field in Houston to the tourist and educational center, where it will join a mock up of a shuttle orbiter.
5. From Spaceflightnow.com: A South Korean radar imaging satellite launches atop a former Russian missile on Thursday.
6. From The Christian Science Monitor: The Earth may experience solar storms Friday and Saturday thanks to a pair of recent solar flare eruptions. The publication explains what’s behind the violent solar activity.
7. From The PBS News Hour: NASA’s Cassini mission spacecraft in orbit around Saturn takes photograph of the Earth. Earthlings wave.
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