CSExtra – Monday, January 21, 2013
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Monday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. Today, the nation will mark President Obama’s second term inauguration. A look back at how the current president and his predecessors have influenced space policy. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter finds new evidence for a habitable environment fed by subterranean water. The Canadian Space Agency’s deals with political, financial challenges as its top official departs. NASA balks at the transfer of Kennedy Space Center property to the state of Florida. The moon and Jupiter appear close and bright as the sun sets Monday. Age dating Titan. A stellar Manatee. A look at major space policy events scheduled for the week ahead.
1.From Space.com, Jan. 18: President Obama was sworn in for a second four year term on Sunday. Like his predecessors, Obama has influenced U. S. space policy. The website examines the legacy.
2. From The Coalition for Space Exploration, Jan. 20: NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter hints at the prospect of an underground water source for parts of the nearly 60 mile wide McLaughlin Crater on the red planet. The spring fed regions could have been niches for biological activity. From findings published in Nature Geoscience.
A. From Space.com, Jan. 20: Water may lurk in underground Martian crevices to this day, say scientists examining the data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The wet regions could host microbes.
B. From The Associated Press via The Washington Post, Jan. 20: NASA’s Opportunity Rover begins a 10th year of surface activity on Mars. Opportunity, which landed on Jan. 24, 2004, will soon depart Endeavour crater, for new vistas. At landing, Opportunity’s life expectancy was just three months.
3. From CBC, of Canada, Jan. 18: The Canadian Space Agency faces new financial and political changes as Steve MacLean, the president and a former astronaut, departs the organization for industry. MacLean’s efforts at strategic direction were re-buffed.
4. From Florida Today, Jan. 20: NASA balks at a State of Florida request for some NASA Kennedy Space Center land for a commercial launch complex. There may be an alternative formula, the space agency suggests.
5. From Space.com: The moon and planet Jupiter will shine brightly and close together Monday night where skies are clear across much of the United States and southern Canada.
6. From EarthSky.org, Jan 19: Age dating Titan, the moon of Saturn. Winds and flowing ethane and methane on the surface may have obscured the Earth-like moon’s history.
7. From Science Magazine, Jan. 19: Astronomers spot stellar forms that resembles the Manatee. The distant nebula is 18,000 light years away.
8. From Spacepolicyonline.com, Jan. 20: A look at major space policy activities planned for the week ahead.
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