CSExtra – Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. Is U. S. influence on global space activities on the wane? A Utah propulsion company looks to Central Florida for a new home — bringing more than 1,000 jobs to the Cape Canaveral area. Reflections on science and the Higgs boson announcement. NASA turns to YouTube to alert the public to the Mars Science Laboratory mission now headed toward an dramatic Aug 5/6 landing on the Red Planet. Russian authorities suspect fraud in the country’s Glonass GPS system development. Recent interest in charting, mining near Earth asteroids raises a question — who owns them? Preserving DNA, the lunar way. Establishing a menu for early Mars explorers.
1. From The Wall Street Journal: NASA appears to be losing its ability to influence the space missions of its allies. Experts point to budget cuts and domestic politics as reasons. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303561504577496814206510788.html?KEYWORDS=NASA
2. From The Orlando Sentinel: The Utah propulsion company Rocket Crafters, Inc., will transition to Titusville in Central Florida. The move could mean 1,300 new jobs in a region hit hard by the retirement of NASA’s shuttle program. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-07-10/business/os-rocket-crafters-moving-to-titusville-20120710_1_space-florida-aerospace-industry-edc
A. From Florida Today: Production work gets under way on the first Orion spacecraft bound for space at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The effort will ready the four person capsule for an un-piloted test flight in 2014. http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120710/SPACE/120710015/Production-work-begins-Orion-spacecraft-KSC?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Space%20News
3. From The New York Times: Why all the fuss over last week’s Higgs boson announcement? The latest claim appears to represent science and value of discovery at their best. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/10/science/in-higgs-discovery-a-celebration-of-our-human-capacity.html?src=recg
4. From The New York Times: NASA turns to social media, YouTube, in a bid to build interest in the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover mission. Barreling toward an Aug. 5/6 landing on Mars, MSL faces a dramatic seven minutes as it dives into the Martian atmosphere and plunges toward a landing in Gale Crater. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/11/science/space/seven-minutes-of-terror-video-grabs-online-audience-for-nasa.html?_r=2&ref=science
A. From The Associated Press via Yahoo.com: At the Farnborough Air Show in England, NASA’s Mars program executive, Doug McCuistion, outlines his MSL fears. The Curiosity rover’s heat shield could fail, he warns. The odds are stacked against success, based on the score of past missions. http://news.yahoo.com/nasas-mars-chief-frets-over-154704359.html
5. From Rianovosti of Russia: In Russia, authorities look into suspected fraud in the procurement of Glonass, the country’s GPS system. An estimated $17 million was allegedly involved. http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120710/174517117.html
6. From Space.com: Who owns the asteroids? Newly announced interest in identifying and mining resources on near Earth asteroids is raising the issue. http://www.space.com/16515-space-mining-asteroid-legal-issues.html
7. From Space.com: Google X-Prize entrant, Omega Envoy, seeks $10,000 to transport individual DNA samples to the moon. The Google competition offers $30 million in prizes to global contestants able to demonstrate lunar robotic activities. http://www.space.com/16512-fly-dna-moon.html
8. From National Public Radio: Another look at an upcoming NASA sponsored Mars analog mission planned for Hawaii. A half-dozen volunteers will sample pre-packaged and create their own food selections during a simulated mission to the Red Planet. Scientists will evaluate the menu for nutrition and taste. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/07/09/156504148/the-importance-of-making-sushi-and-mozzarella-on-mars
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