CSExtra – Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. North Korea launches a provocative satellite mission. In Florida, the U. S. Air Force launches an un-piloted, reusable X-37B on a third classified mission. Asteroids, small and large, zip past the Earth on Tuesday. A new meteor shower arrives. A House oversight committee hearing Wednesday will evaluate NASA’s strategic direction. Bill Nye, the Science Guy and executive director of the Planetary Society, urges lawmakers to think of NASA’s contributions as they hold budget talks. Tips on space related holiday gifts.
1 From The New York Times: North Korea places a satellite in orbit, advancing the nuclear armed nation’s bid to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to experts. The launch comes as a surprise. It appear that technical problems would lead to a lengthy delay.
A. From CNN: North Korea’s satellite launch on Tuesday was likely a bid by the country’s young leader Kim Jung-un to impress his impoverished nation, say outside experts.
B. From MSNBC.com: North Korea claims it successfully orbited a satellite. The White House terms the launch “highly provocative.”
C. From The Los Angeles Times: North Korea places a satellite in orbit on its fourth attempt since 1998.
2. From Spaceflightnow.com: The U. S. Air Force X-37 B fleet lifts off on its third mission from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Tuesday. The second mission of the winged, un-piloted reusable space planes spanned 439 days. Like the others, this one’s agenda is classified.
3. From Space.com: Discovered just two days earlier, asteroid 2012 XE54 zipped close to the Earth on Tuesday. Significant damage would have resulted had it slammed into the Earth.
A. From Space.com: Asteroid Toutatis, larger than XE54, also slid past the Earth on Tuesday, its passage monitored by space camera for a web audience.
4. From Science News: A new meteor shower, produced by debris from comet Wirtanen, appears in mid-December, joining the annual Geminid meteor shower, according to NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. Look to the skies after sunset this week.
5. From Spacepolitics.com: The House Science, Space and Technology committee hosts a hearing Wednesday on a strategic vision for America’s civil space program.
6. From Politico.com: Bill Nye, the Science Guy, urges Washington to invest in planetary science as it negotiates a budget and deals with the U. S. deficit.
7. From Spacepolicyonline.com: Suggestions for space related holiday gifts.
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