CSExtra – Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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Tuesday’s CSExtra presents the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. Memorial plans for Neil Armstrong, who died Saturday, begin to take shape. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover sends back new photos of Mount Shape, the robotic spacecraft’s ultimate destination on Mars. Will Curiosity’s mission rival Apollo 11′s? NASA engineers look to Android smart phones as the heart and soul of tiny satellites awaiting launch this year. Arctic sea ice levels drop to a record low, say scientists. Essays examine Neil Armstrong’s legacy and Latin American space aspirations. China looks to the skies for evidence of Earth-like alien worlds.
1. From NBCNews.com: Memorial services for Neil Armstrong, who died Saturday of complications from heart surgery, begin to take shape. A private family memorial is planned for Friday. http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/27/13508020-memorials-to-neil-armstrong-taking-shape-flags-to-fly-at-half-staff?lite
A. From Spacepolicyonline.com: In a proclamation Monday, President Obama directs that all U. S. flags at the White House and other government installations and grounds be lowered to half staff in honor of Neil Armstrong on the day he is buried. http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/presidental-orders-flags-at-half-staff-to-honor-armstrong
B. From Collectspace.com: Neil Armstrong in photos. http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-082712a.html
2. From Spaceflightnow.com: NASA’s Curiosity rover sends back high resolution images of its ultimate destination, Mount Sharp. Curiosity will drive up Mount Sharp over a two year mission looking for evidence of habitable environments. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/mars/msl/120827color/
A. From Space.com: Coming to Earth soon. Curiosity will transmit a tune, Reach for the Stars, composed by Will.i.am, rapper and member of the pop group The Black-Eyed Peas. The music should reach the Earth on Tuesday at 4 p.m., EDT. The musician has a passion for science and education. http://www.space.com/17320-mars-rover-will-i-am-song-broadcast.html
3. From The Associated Press via the Washington Post, and others: Will the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars deliver the same inspiration that Neil Armstrong provided when he became the first human to step to the surface of the moon more than 40 years ago? http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/decades-after-armstrongs-moonwalk-can-nasas-new-robotic-mars-landing-inspire/2012/08/27/60a02d7a-f0a6-11e1-b74c-84ed55e0300b_story.html
4. From The Los Angeles Times: At NASA’s Ames Research Center, engineers fashion small satellites powered by Android smart phones. Priced at $3,500 they could be the least expensive satellites ever launched when they fly late this year. http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-nasa-nexus-one-satellite-20120827,0,7812569.story
5. From the Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle and others: Arctic Sea ice falls to record low levels, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported on Monday. Levels have fallen below the previous record low of 1.61 million acres in 2007, according to scientists who rely on satellite data for their estimates. Global warming is to blame, they say. http://www.chron.com/default/article/Warm-Arctic-sets-record-for-summer-sea-ice-melt-3817773.php
6. From The Space Review: Two essays look at Neil Armstrong and his legacy and examine the space aspirations of Latin America.
A. In “Farewell, Mr. Armstrong,” TSR editor Jeff Foust offers a contemporary context for Neil Armstrong’s life. ”It’s quite possible that the next person to set foot on the Moon, or the first man or woman to land on an asteroid or walk on the red sands of Mars, will share some or all of Armstrong’s defining characteristics, essential as they are, ultimately, to the future human exploration of the solar system,” writes Foust in tribute. http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2145/1
B. In “Latin America’s space programs in 2012,” W. Alex Sanchez finds the region rich in talent with a deep interest in space exploration. Melissa Soriano, of Peru, part of the Curiosity rover team, is among the latest. Sanchez is a fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2143/1
7. From Xinhuanet of China: China turns to the highest elevations of Antarctica in its search for Earth-like planets in the Milky Way. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-08/27/c_131810648.htm
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