CSExtra – Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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Tuesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. Jupiter flashes bright on Monday. Looking for the building blocks of Martian life with NASA’s Curiosity rover. The International Space Station’s National Laboratory announces a pharmaceutical research partner. More on the reluctance of the presidential contenders to provide details on their space exploration ambitions. Essays examine the impact of space policy on the nation’s industrial base and raise the prospect of terraforming Mars. The NFL turns to solar power.
1. From Spaceweather.com: Amateur astronomers report bright flashes on Jupiter Monday, apparently caused by impacts from asteroids.
2. From Astrobiology Magazine via Space.com: At NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center, scientist Danny Glavin is a participant in the Sample Analysis at Mars experiment aboard the Curiosity rover. SAM will study samples of Martian soil in search of organic compounds, the building blocks for life. http://www.space.com/17526-mars-rover-life-search-glavin-interview.html
3. From The Coalition For Space Exploration: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space teams with Merck, the health care company, to develop new medications aboard the International Space Station. CASIS manages the U. S. National Laboratory facilities aboard the orbiting science lab. http://spacecoalition.com/blog/cutting-edge-disease-research-eyed-for-international-space-station
4. From The Washington Times: Like other news media outlets, the Times finds the presidential candidates unprepared to say much about their space exploration plans. President Obama is emphasizing his commercial initiatives. Republican contender Mitt Romney will, if elected, consult with the stakeholders before placing his imprint on a space agenda. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/9/space-exploration-is-star-crossed-on-campaign-trai/
5. Essays from Monday’s The Space Review examine the ties between space policy and the future of the U. S. industrial base and ponder the merits of Martian terraforming:
A. In “Perspectives on NASA’s strategic direction,” Frank Slazer, an executive at the Aerospace Industries Association, urges a look at the future of the U. S. industrial base when assessing in the future of space exploration. http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2154/1
B. In “Making Mars a nicer place,” Canadian writer Eric Choi takes note of a Martian environment, bone dry with a thin atmosphere, and ponders the prospects of terraforming. http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2152/1
6. From National Geographic: The National Football League adopts solar power. A colorful ring of solar panels now graces MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and Jets. The New England Patriots are adding a solar canopy to their stadium as well. http://www.greatenergychallengeblog.com/2012/09/05/nfl-season-opener-under-the-solar-powered-lights/
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