CSExtra – Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. In Washington, a U.S. Senate appropriations panel agrees to add $100 million to NASA’s Mars exploration line but cut commercial crew development by three times as much. Washington is riveted Tuesday by the arrival of shuttle orbiter Discovery from the Kennedy Space Center. Discovery is headed for a new home at the Smithsonian Institution. In Colorado Springs, 9,000 gather for the 28th National Space Symposium and to discuss the nation’s future in aerospace and exploration. A Florida editorial urges more effort to make the International Space Station a scientific success. 1. From Spacepolicyonline.com: U. S. Senate appropriators agree to add $100 million to NASA’s falling Mars robotic exploration line in the proposed 2013 budget and to cut $305 million from efforts to nurture a commercial crew transportation capability. http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/senate-subcommittee-adds-100-million-for-mars-missions
A. From Spacepolicyonline.com: Senate appropriators back a surprise that would raise NASA’s budget for 2013 from $17.7 billion to $19.4 billion. The raise would accompany the transfer of NOAA satellite development and launching activities to NASA. The transfer would save taxpayers $100 million annually, according to the panel’s chairwoman. http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/senate-cjs-appropriators-want-to-transfer-noaa-satellites-to-nasa-increase-nasa-budget-accordingly
B. From Rianovisti, of Russia: Russian is ready to revive the Phobos-Grunt mission that was to retrieve samples of the Martian moon Phobos. The spacecraft, launched in early November, was stranded in Earth orbit before it plummeted back to the planet earlier this year.
2. From Collectspace.com: The nation’s capitol pauses Tuesday as NASA’s shuttle orbiter Discovery overflies the White House and the National Mall on its way from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Dulles International Airport. The journey prepares Discovery for public display at the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum annex at Dulles. http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-041712b.html
A. From the Washington Post: The nation’s capitol is wowed by Discovery’s fly over of Washington. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/space-shuttle-discovery-wows-washington-in-45-minute-flyover/2012/04/17/gIQAKkgFOT_story.html
B. From the Los Angeles Times: As Discovery reaches Washington spectators rush to the rooftops, sidewalks or pull over in their cars for a look as the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the orbiter atop circles the city’s National Mall. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-0418-shuttle-20120418,0,6776637.story
C. From Discovery.com: Orbiter Discovery’s departure from the Kennedy Space Center early Tuesday was emotional for the many people who had prepped the spacecraft for its missions. Discovery wore signs of ware as a badge of honor as it departed for Washington atop NASA’s Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. http://news.discovery.com/space/farewell-shuttle-discovery-120417.html#mkcpgn=rssnws1
D. From the Seattle Times: Once housed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, NASA’s Full Fuselage Trainer is making its way to the Seattle Museum of Flight, where it, too, will be placed on public display. The trainer is a mock up of the space shuttle. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017999619_shuttletrainer18m.html
3. From Space.com: Invest in NASA to improve the economy, suggests astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tackling big challenges can spur innovation, he suggests in opening remarks before the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. Tyson, a best selling author, serves as director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. http://www.space.com/15310-nasa-budget-future-space-exploration.html
A. From the Huntsville Times: In his remarks, Tyson recalled the U. S. “space culture of the 1950s-60s as an era of inspiration and innovation.” “Think about it,” Tyson told his Colorado audience. “We were in an innovative culture where every Gemini mission was more aggressive than the previous one. Every day, it seemed, you would read about another breakthrough, another accomplishment.” http://www.al.com/42/index.ssf/2012/04/tyson_calls_for_invigoration_o.html
B. From the Denver Post: Space exploration in the U. S. has reached a crossroads, some industry leaders note at the National Space Symposium, urging the government and private sector to do more to cut costs. “Some are questioning the value of space – can we afford it, do we need humans to explore,” said William Swanson, Raytheon’s chief executive officer, recalling President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing humans on the moon. “This cannot be the legacy of JFK’s challenge. Space offers boundless opportunities to better understand our world and ourselves.” The Symposium draws 9,000 attendees. http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20418316/space-industry-execs-focus-collaboration
4. From the Orlando Sentinel: In an editorial, the Sentinel calls on policymakers to derive what they promised from the International Space Station, a science return. The cost and effort that went into assembling the orbiting science lab are too great for any other option, the newspaper writes. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-04-17/opinion/os-ed-space-station-science-041712-20120416_1_international-space-station-dan-goldin-nasa-and-congress
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