CSExtra – Monday, December 3, 2012
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Monday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world, including a roundup from the weekend. The mystery surrounding science findings from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover team should be solved by mid-day. North Korea moves ahead with plans for a provocative rocket launch. New legislation would rename NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center for the late Neil Armstrong. Global CO2 emissions reach a new record. Statolaunch, an emergent commercial air launch service, looks to Orbital Sciences Corp., to fill a propulsion role once held by SpaceX. Arianespace launches a French reconnaissance satellite. Canada’s first astronaut looks to a political advance. Hackers seek data from Japan’s Epsilon rocket. Tracking the celestial seeds of life. A new app charts the Earth’s transformation. A look at space events and activities scheduled for the week ahead.
1. From Space.com, Dec. 2: Much of the conjecture over an announcement from NASA’s Mars Curiosity science team could end today at 12 p.m., EST, with a news briefing from the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco.
A. From Space.com, Dec. 2: The website offers a live link to AGU news briefings, including Monday’s Mars briefing:
B. From The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 1: On Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover searches for evidence the cold dry world was once warm and wet enough for life. On Earth, Curiosity wins widespread support for NASA’s planetary science aspirations during a time of restrictive budgets.
2. From The New York Times, Dec. 1: North Korea moves ahead with plans for a provocative rocket launch this month. The United States, and others in the West, contend the launch is a thinly veiled test of a ballistic missile by nuclear equipped North Korea. The launching, timed between Dec. 10 and 22, will coincide with the first anniversary of longtime ruler Kim Jong-il’s death.
A. From Ria Novosti, of Russia, Dec. 3: Russia urges North Korea to back off plans for a rocket launch later this month, citing violations of a U. N. Security Council resolution.
3. From Collectspace.com, Nov. 29: Two lawmakers offer legislation that would re-name NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in honor of Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon. Armstrong died earlier this year.
4. From Discovery.com: Global CO2 output reaches a record high in 2012, according to the Global Carbon Project. Emissions are 58 percent higher than in 1990, raising climate change concerns. China is the world’s largest emitter.
5. From Space News, Nov. 30: Orbital Sciences Corp will take on a propulsion role for Stratolaunch once filled by SpaceX. The commercial air launch system is looking to a 2017 test flight.
6. Spaceflightnow.com, Dec. 1: Ariancespace launches a Soyuz rocket with a French reconnaissance satellite from French Guiana on Saturday.
7. From Spacepolitics.com: Canada’s first astronaut, Marc Garneau, seeks leadership of the country’s Liberal Party, possible candidacy for prime minister.
8. From The New York Times, Nov. 30: Proprietary information on Japan’s Epsilon rocket is lost to computer hackers.
9. From Discovery.com, Dec. 1: New observations raise the prospect that the seeds for life are spread throughout the solar system.
10. From the Coalition for Space Exploration, Nov. 30: A new NASA app offers dramatic changes in the Earth over time.
11. From Spacepolicyonline.com, Dec. 2: A look at space policy related activities scheduled for the week ahead. They include announcements from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover and GRAIL moon orbiter missions. Congressional deliberations and reports from space policy panels on NASA’s strategic direction.
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