CSExtra – Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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Tuesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities under way around the world. In Florida, a less than promising weather outlook keeps NASA’s retired shuttle orbiter Endeavour from departing for California until early Wednesday. NASA intends to fly Endeavour to Los Angeles, arriving on Friday. Russia launches a European weather satellite. Russia delays plans for an Oct. 15 launching of a Soyuz mission with new International Space Station crew members. Humans and robots can go far in space, say experts. New hope for warp drive space transportation. Health care costs rise, while federal investments in space technology wane. NASA’s Space Launch System may offer new promise for bold NASA science missions. Aboard the International Space Station, commander Sunita Williams completes a triathlon.
1. From Spaceflightnow.com : Weather will keep NASA’s retired shuttle orbiter Endeavour in Florida for another night. The spacecraft is now scheduled to begin its cross country journey to Los Angeles at sunrise on Wednesday. Subject to weather and air space constraints, the NASA Boeing 747 carrier aircraft and Endeavour will spend the first night of the journey in Houston. Low altitude fly overs of NASA installations across the southern U. S. are planned as well. LAX would be in reach on Friday. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/ferry/status105.html
2. From Space News. Russia successfully launches the European Space Agency’s polar orbiting weather satellites, Metop-B, on Monday.
3. From Itar-Tass of Russia: The next Soyuz launch with International Space Station crew members will fall a week or so beyond the scheduled Oct. 15 date, the head of Russia’s federal space agency said Monday, Vladimir Popovkin spoke just hours after three U. S. and Russian crew members descended to Earth. The delay is caused by the replacement and re-test of an undisclosed part. http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c32/521620.html
4. From Space.com: The time is right for a new era of cooperation between humans and robots in the exploration of space, say NASA officials in a presentation before the AIAA Space 2012 Conference in Pasadena, Calif., last week. Robonaut 2, a humanoid already living aboard the International Space Station, is one such example of a new alliance. http://www.space.com/17601-nasa-human-robotic-space-exploration.html
5. From Space.com: Warp Drive, a staple of Star Trek science fiction, gains new footing in a presentation before the 100-year Starship Symposium in Houston Sept. 13-16. http://www.space.com/17628-warp-drive-possible-interstellar-spaceflight.html
6. From the Baltimore Sun: In an op-ed, businessman Ajay Kothari laments the rising costs of U. S. health care, while federal investments in space research fall behind. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-rocket-science-20120917,0,2562871.story
7. From Spacepolicyonline.com: NASA’s Space Launch System, a powerful booster intended to dispatch humans on future deep space exploration missions, could enable far reaching science missions, according to Matt Mountain, who heads the Space Telescope Science Institute. http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/sls-useful-for-science-missions-too-stsci-director-tells-house-panel
8. From Space.com: International Space Station commander Sunita Williams, a NASA astronaut, takes physical fitness to new heights. Over the weekend, she completed a triathlon — running, biking and “swimming” her way in a competition with the Nautica Malibu Triathlon of Southern California. http://www.space.com/17643-space-triathlon-astronaut-sunita-williams.html
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