CSExtra – Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities underway around the world. A top Russian official says the nation plans a lunar base to focus its future exploration and science activities, while overcoming a series of space failures. The European Space Agency will seek wider cooperation in space with China, including the launching of ESA astronauts. Houston recalls an historic presidential speech that set the tone for a Cold War race to the moon. Planets form in the chaos of the Milky Way’s core. Endeavour’s Boeing 747 ride arrives at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where it is scheduled to depart Monday for Los Angeles with the retired orbiter. A Senate panel will ponder NASA’s post Curiosity space exploration plans. A rare penny inherits a big job on Mars. Experts look to fusion and anti matter propulsion for future human deep space exploration.
1. From Reuters via Aviation Week & Space Technology: Russia’s ailing space sector should develop a large lunar base to give it new focus, says Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s deputy prime minister. “There is a lot of competition among countries in the space sector and so we must have a big super goal that could pull forward science and industry; that would enable the country to escape from the morass of problems, which have kept us captive for the past 20 years,” Rogozin told the Vesti FM radio station. http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_09_11_2012_p0-494095.xml
A. From Ria Novosti of Russia: The Russian space agency recalls a series of Breeze upper stages. The hardware was in the same production lot as the upper stage on a Proton booster involved in an August launch mishap. The production lot will be re-inspected, said Vladimir Popovkin, the head of Roscosmos. http://en.ria.ru/russia/20120910/175884335.html
B. From Space News: Russia prepares to resume commercial launchings of the Proton-Breeze M combination on Oct. 14 and Nov. 2, after an inquiry traces the cause of an August mishap to a fuel line component that was out of specification. http://www.spacenews.com/launch/proton-set-return-flight-oct-carrying-intelsat-is-23.html
C. From Xinhuanet of China: Russia’s prime minister shakes up the country’s space industry to overcome quality control problems. Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency, will pay for launch failures, says Dmitry Medvedev. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-09/10/c_131841250.htm
D. From Itar-Tass: Management changes in Russia’s space industry are warranted, according to Vladimir Popovkin, chief of Roscosmos, Russia’s federal space agency. He notes the agency’s small staff and says more personnel would ensure better production quality. http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c154/516488.html
2. From The Associated Press via Yahoo.com: The European Space Agency, lacking its own means of launching astronauts into space, will discuss wider cooperation in space with China, including the launching of ESA astronauts by the end of the decade. ESA, like NASA, is currently relying on the Russian Soyuz for transportation to the International Space Station. http://news.yahoo.com/europe-space-agency-eyes-manned-flights-china-201750935–finance.html
3. From The Houston Chronicle: A half-century ago today, U. S. President John F. Kennedy stepped to a podium at Rice University in Houston and convinced a nation it could marshal the resources to place human on the moon within a decade; and it happened. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/50-years-ago-a-promise-made-a-promise-kept-3856536.php
A. From The Houston Chronicle. The 100-year Starship Symposium comes to Houston. Visionaries will gather in Houston for a weekend conference to discuss the technologies and social changes needed to leave the solar system with humans. Mae Jemison, the first black female to fly in space, heads the symposium’s sponsorship committee. http://www.chron.com/default/article/Mae-Jemison-looks-to-the-future-of-space-travel-3857409.php
4. From Space.com: In the midst of chaos at the core of the Milky Way galaxy, there is evidence of vigorous new planet formation. http://www.space.com./17545-space-cloud-black-hole-planets-milky-way.html
5. From Florida Today: In Central Florida, the Titusville Cocoa Airport Authority seeks operational control of the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility to support greater commercial space activity. http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120911/NEWS01/309110011/Titusville-Cocoa-Airport-Authority-pursues-shuttle-strip?odyssey=nav%7Chead&nclick_check=1
6. From Collectspace.com: NASA’s Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft reaches the Kennedy Space Center, where it is scheduled to depart on Monday with the retired shuttle orbiter Endeavour. Over three days, Endeavour will make its way to Los Angeles and permanent display at the California Science Center.
7. From Spacepolitics.com: In Washington, the Senate Commerce Committee may find an enthusiastic turn out on Wednesday for a hearing on NASA’s future explorations plans. http://www.spacepolitics.com/2012/09/11/packing-the-house-for-a-senate-hearing/
8. From The Los Angeles Times: A rare Lincoln penny plays a crucial camera calibration role aboard NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars. http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-mars-curiosity-camera-test-20120911,0,4459742.story
9. From Space.com: In a look to the future, U. S. experts envision fusion or anti-matter propulsion systems capable of carrying human explorers deep into the solar system. http://www.space.com/17537-antimatter-fusion-engines-future-spaceships.html
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