CSExtra – Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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Tuesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. NASA and Russia’s Roscosmos select an astronaut and a cosmonaut to spend a year aboard the International Space Station, a mission that will help future explorers assigned to deep space missions. Funding looms as a challenge to NASA and its commercial crew and cargo initiatives in the aftermath of the U.S. Presidential and Congressional elections. Russia announces space industry reforms. Experts suggest Mars watchers temper their enthusiasm over a pending announcement from NASA’s Curiosity mission science team. NASA seeks affordable science missions for a pair of Hubble class U. S. spy satellites. What makes alien planet hunter Geoff Marcy tick? One of two NASA Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft finds a retirement home in Houston. Experts edge closer to an explanation for dark matter.
1. From Spaceflightnow.com: On Monday, NASA and Roscosmos announce the selection of U. S. astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko for a one-year mission to the International Space Station. The flight will open the door to future deep space human exploration, say officials. The two men will begin two years of training early next year. http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n1211/26expedition/#.ULQjVORjp48
2. From Space News: With U. S. Presidential and Congressional elections over, NASA and its private sector partners face new budget uncertainties in their efforts to forge commercial crew and cargo transportation services in support of the International Space Station and other orbital activities. http://www.spacenews.com/article/with-elections-over-commercial-space-funding-decisions-due#.ULSQruRjp49
3. From Ria Novosti: Vladimir Popovkin, the chief of Russia’s federal space agency, announces reforms on Monday that will place the agency’s space enterprises under up to a half-dozen large holdings. The changes should make the nation’s troubled space industry more manageable, he says. http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121126/177748236.html
4. From Space.com: Scientists sound a note of caution in the speculation swirling around findings from NASA’s Curiosity rover in Gale Crater on Mars. http://www.space.com/18626-nasa-mars-rover-secret-discovery-speculation.html
5. From Discovery.com: NASA looks for missions and partners for a pair of Hubble-class satellites donated by the U. S. National Reconnaissance Office. One prospect is an investigation of dark energy, the force that seems to be causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate. The NRO gift did not include instrument and launch costs, and there are some restrictions on signing up international partners. http://news.discovery.com/space/spy-telescope-national-reconnaissance-office-nasa-hubble-121126.html
6. From The New York Times: The newspaper checks in with Geoff Marcy, professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, and pioneering alien planet hunter. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/opinion/sunday/catching-up-with-the-planet-hunter-geoff-marcy.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0
7. From Collectspace.com: One of two NASA modified Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft is at Houston’s Ellington Field, where it will likely retire. http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-112612a.html
8. From Space.com: Scientists close in on an explanation for dark matter. However, the goal may still be several years away. http://www.space.com/18615-dark-matter-mystery-search.html
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