CSExtra – Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. Europe prepares a massive re-supply mission for lift off to the six person International Space Station. Engineers test new asteroid hunting radar technologies. NASA’s Kepler mission search for Earth-like alien planets may require a recalculation, say astronomers; planet candidates may be larger than originally estimated. Space weather threats deserve more attention, scientists caution. In South Texas, authorities extend the comment period for an Environmental Impact Statement on a proposed SpaceX commercial launch site. A former U. S spy satellite closes in on a new mission, a search for nearby alien planets. Some astronomers believe NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray space telescope has the potential so solve a dark matter mystery.
1. From Spaceflightnow.com: In French Guiana, the European Space Agency’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle, a large re-supply vessel, is poised to lift off for the International Space Station on Wednesday at 5:52 p.m., EST. A successful lift off will place the ATV-4 Albert Einstein on a course to dock with the station on June 15.
2. From Florida Today: At NASA’s Kennedy Space, engineers test a group of three high resolution radar telescopes as part of a three-year technology demonstration. The technologies may serve as a foundation for a 24/7 means of monitoring near space for asteroids that pose a collision threat to the Earth as well as potential destinations for exploration by astronauts.
3. From Space.com: NASA’s Kepler space telescope search for exo-planets may have under estimated the size of alien planets, according to scientists at a meeting of the American Astronomical Association in Indianapolis.
4. From USA Today: Space weather, principally interactions between the sun and the Earth’s atmosphere deserve more attention, say participants in a NOAA sponsored conference in Silver Springs, Md. Intense solar activity could have far reaching consequences, including damage to crucial satellites circling the Earth as well as terrestrial power grids.
A. From The Associated Press via The Washington Post: Iris, a spacecraft developed to study ultraviolet energy emissions from the sun, will be prepared for a June 26 lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. A spacecraft telescope will study a regions of the sun responsible for the solar wind.
5. From The Brownsville Herald, of Texas : The Federal Aviation Administration extends by three weeks, or until June 24, the public comment period on a draft Environmental Impact Statement that could influence SpaceX’s interest in South Texas for a new commercial space launch site. A draft EIS forecasts only minimal impact.
6. From Space News: One of two former reconnaissance satellites provided to NASA by the U. S. National Reconnaissance Office is in the running for a future astrophysics mission, one that will include a search for planets around nearby stars.
7. From Space.com: Astronomers urge NASA to use the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope to resolve a dark matter mystery with roots at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
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