CSExtra – Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission landing continues to draw global focus as an Aug. 6 landing nears. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk predicts a similar commercial Mars venture within 15 years. Russia prepares to launch the first-ever one-day Progress re-supply mission to the International Space Station. Lift off is set for Wednesday at 3:35 p.m, EDT. The U.S. rocket propulsion industry faces a financial challenge. Former NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski will lead National Science Foundation medical screening and on-ice care for the United States Antarctic Program.
1. From Space.com: Times Square in New York will live broadcast NASA TV’s Mars Science Laboratory mission landing activities late Aug. 5/early Aug. 6. News of the Curiosity rover’s fate should reach crowds there on Aug. 6 at 1:31 a.m., EDT. http://www.space.com/16833-mars-rover-landing-times-square-nyc.html
A. From The PBS News Hour: NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover nears a dramatic landing on the Red Planet early Monday. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/07/theyve-called-it-the-seven.html
B. From The Los Angeles Time: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will be among those watching closely as NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover attempts to land on Mars early Aug. 6. “We are hoping to develop the technology to do that in probably 12 to 15 years,” he tells the Times. Musk’s company carried out the first commercial re-supply mission to the International Space Station in May. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-0801-morrison-musk-spacex-20120801,0,3838907.column
C. From Spaceflightnow.com and CBS News: NASA’s new “Sky Crane” will lower the one ton MSL rover to the floor of Gale Crater. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/mars/msl/120731skycrane/
D. From Collectspace.com: The Hot Wheels version of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity heads for toy stores in September. http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-080112a.html
2. From Itar-Tass of Russia: Russia prepares for an International Space Station first, a four orbit, six hour launch to docking of a Progress re-supply mission. Lift off is set for 3:35 p.m., EDT. The mission usually requires 35 orbits and a little over two days. If successful, the faster timeline could become an option for Soyuz crew transport missions to the station. http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c154/485423.html
3. From Aviation Week & Space Technology: U. S. rocket and air breathing propulsion development in the U. S. has reached a cross roads, a NASA expert tells the AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference in Atlanta this week. With shrinking federal budgets, there are fewer opportunities for the industry, says Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s acting associate administrator. http://www.aviationnow.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/asd_07_31_2012_p03-01-481555.xml
4. From The Houston Chronicle: Physician Scott Parazynski, a former NASA astronaut, will supervise medical screening and on-ice care for personnel assigned to the National Science Foundation’s United States Antarctic Program. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Former-astronaut-to-head-new-Center-for-Polar-3749601.php
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