CSExtra – Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Tuesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. It’s election day in the United States. So, how do American presidents shape space policy? Ingenuity seems to count most in the search for alien worlds. High speed may be hazardous to your health. NASA previews an alert service that emails and texts when it’s time to look up and cast a glance at the International Space Station. Essays examine an emerging strategy to expand the U. S. economic sphere into distant space and unravel a complex formula defining public support for human space exploration. Experts to update their satellite collision models. Searching for Planet X.
1. From Space.com: How do U. S. presidents shape space policy? The web site dials back to JFK for a look.
A. From Space.com: Even Americans serving in space are entitled to vote. A look at how they cast their ballots.
2. From The Los Angeles Times: Currently, ingenuity is triumphing over technology in the search for alien worlds. Lean budgets and squabbling over the soundest approach to find planets beyond the sun have benched once promising projects.
3. From Discovery.com: We’ve all dreamed of travelling at more than the speed of light to visit other star systems. Such extreme velocities could be harmful to your health, say experts.
4. From The Los Angeles Times: NASA debuts a new service that dispatches an alert when the International Space Station is close to crossing the night sky. The space agency assesses 4,600 global locales and offers the viewing opportunities to anyone who signs up from around the world.
5. Two from The Space Review: A pair of essays examine critical questions about the future of U. S. space policy.
A. In “How the U. S. can become a next generation space industrial power,” Charles Miller explores the powers of personal freedom and free enterprise in shaping a future human space exploration policy that addresses economic expansion as well as national security. Miller is president of NextGenSpace, LLC.
B. In “Having their Moon Pies and eating them, too: analyzing pubic interest in NASA spending,” Alan Steinberg examines the tools useful to political scientists in addressing the issue. Bottom line: identifying the threads as well as the ebb and flow of public interest is “rocket science.” The author is a PhD candidate at the University of Houston.
6. From Space.com: Working together, researchers from NASA and the U. S. Air Force will create DebrisSat, a small satellite assembled from up to date materials. The satellite will be intentionally destroyed in the lab to characterize the nature and behavior of orbital debris from modern satellite collisions.
7. From Discovery.com: Though the search is all but over, questions linger about the existence of Planet X, a distant world in the solar system with enough mass to influence the movements of the known outer planets.
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