CSExtra – Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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Tuesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. NASA hustles to place a space suit repair kit on a Russian Progress cargo capsule set for a Saturday lift off. Two House appropriators question a possible exclusive commercial lease agreement involving NASA’s former Shuttle Launch Pad 39A. NASA’s Saturn and Mercury orbiting Cassini and Messenger spacecraft transmit photos of the Earth and moon snapped Friday. A recently discovered asteroid zips within 2.6 million miles of the Earth late Monday. NASA researchers pursue Star Trek style warp drive propulsion. Alien planet hunter Geoff Marcy alters search tactics. NASA financial officer Beth Robinson appears headed for an Energy Department post. Boeing previews the company’s seven person CST-100 entrant in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. In retirement, NASA’s shuttle fleet offers youthful inspiration. Fanciful NASA photo raises legislative ire.
1. From The Associated Press via The Huffington Post: NASA hustles to place a space suit repair kit on a Russian Progress cargo mission scheduled for a Saturday launch to the International Space Station. Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano’s space suit helmet leaked water, curtailing a July 16 spacewalk.
A. From Ria Novosti, of Russia: NASA remains unsure of what led to worrisome space suit water leak.
2. From Space News: Two lawmakers, members of NASA’s House appropriations subcommittee, question a possible long term exclusive NASA lease agreement involving former space shuttle launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. The space agency is evaluating proposals from two commercial companies, SpaceX, and Blue Origin, for commercial use of the mothballed pad.
3. From NBCNews.com: NASA releases photos of the Earth and moon recorded by the Cassini and Messenger probes orbiting Saturn and Mercury on July 19.
4. From The Los Angeles Times: Asteroid 2013 NE19, discovered less than a week ago, passed 2.6 million miles from the Earth late Monday. The space rock is the size of a football field. Astronomers made the discovery with the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii.
5. From The New York Times: Is Star Trek style “warp drive” faster than light speed possible? A small team of researchers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center is investigating the prospects. “Nature can do it,” said Harold White, physicist and lead researcher, pointing to the period of rapid inflation that followed the big bang. “So the question is, can we do it?”
6. From The Washington Post: Famed alien planet hunter Geoff Marcy alters his search strategy in response to troubles aboard NASA’s Kepler space telescope. With resources from a $200,000 grant, Marcy coordinates a search for Dyson spheres fabricated by advanced civilization from the Kepler data already on hand and a ground telescope search for an alien Internet.
7. From Space News: Beth Robinson, NASA’s chief financial officer, awaits nomination from President Obama to serve as undersecretary at the U. S. Department of Energy.
8. From The Houston Chronicle: Boeing previews a mockup of the company’s entrant in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The CST-100 is designed to carry a crew of up to seven astronauts to the International Space Station or fewer astronauts with cargo. Boeing’s competitors include Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser and the SpaceX Dragon. If properly funded, one or more could be launching passengers by the end of 2017.
9. From The Space Review: In “Seeing the shuttles, two years after wheels stop,” TSR editor Jeff Foust notes NASA orbiters Atlantis, Endeavour, Discovery and Enterprise are now collectively on public display — two years after the final shuttle space flight. Atlantis debuted with a splash at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex late last month. If the shuttle fleet, itself, fell short of “frequent flier” expectations, perhaps each of the inspiring display venues can re-introduce that dream to future generations, who can do better, suggests Foust.
10. From The Washington Post: A fanciful photograph involving NASA personnel from the Ames Research Center in California, provokes the ire of a powerful Iowa lawmaker. The photo shoot was not an official NASA activity, and did not use taxpayer funds, the Post was informed.
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