CSExtra – Wednesday, April 25, 2012
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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. In Seattle, big name Internet and software personalities present plans to create the “Silicon Valley” of space with an ambitious asteroid mining venture. SpaceX points to May 7 for the launch of the first U. S. commercial re-supply mission to the International Space Station. NASA’s test orbiter Enterprise could be ferried from suburban Washington D. C. to New York City on Friday. The Hubble Space Telescope marks a 22nd anniversary in Earth orbit. Reaching Europa’s ice covered ocean.
1. From The Washington Post:. Planetary Resources, a Seattle-based Internet, software and aerospace group unveils plans to survey and mine near Earth asteroids for water, rare metals and other resources that can be transported to space depots or back to the Earth. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/new-venture-aims-to-mine-near-earth-asteroids/2012/04/24/gIQArw6geT_story.html
A. From Space.com: Independent studies suggest asteroid prospecting makes sense…for $2.6 billion.
B. From The Wall Street Journal: Planetary Resources casts a long term view on making huge profits from prospecting asteroids for resources. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303459004577364110378178038.html?KEYWORDS=NASA
C. From Scientific American: In the long term, Planetary Resources business plan makes investment sense. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/04/24/planetary-resources-crazy-plan-to-mine-an-asteroid-may-not-be-so-crazy/
2. From Spaceflightnow.com: SpaceX re-targets the first U. S. commercial re-supply mission to the International Space Station for a May 7 lift off. The decision follows an announcement earlier this week from SpaceX that it will postpone Dragon’s scheduled April 30 departure for more software testing. The launch plans include an April 30 hot fire of the Falcon 9 first stage and a May 5 SpaceX readiness review. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/003/120424date/
3. From Collectspace.com: NASA looks to Friday at the earliest for a Boeing 747 ferry flight of NASA’s glide test orbiter Enterprise from Dulles International Airport in suburban Washington to New York City. Enterprise will depart the Smithsonian Institute for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-042412a.html
4. From Space.com: Tuesday marked the 22nd anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope launching aboard the shuttle Discovery. Pictures tell the story. http://www.space.com/15413-hubble-space-telescope-birthday-photo.html
5. From Discovery.com: Europa, the ice covered moon that circles Jupiter, figures prominently when discussions turn to extra-terrestrial life. Stone Aerospace examines a strategy to cut through the ice to reach what some scientists believe is an ocean below. http://news.discovery.com/tech/laser-powered-robot-could-explore-europan-seas-120424.html#mkcpgn=rssnws1
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