CSExtra – Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities underway around the world. NASA will look to corporate test pilots to restore a U. S. human space launch capability, perhaps by 2015 — if budgets permit. Astronomers find at least one Earth-like twin in a collection of new exo-planets revealed by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. NASA plans to extend operations of the nearly 23-year-old Hubble Space Telescope until 2018 — the target date for the launching of a successor. Near Earth asteroid Apophis, once believed to pose a collision threat to the Earth, is larger than originally estimated. In the U. S., The Weather Channel looks to a larger role in revealing severe weather events. In the U. S. Senate, Richard Shelby, of Alabama, becomes the top Republican in the Senate’s appropriations panel responsible for NASA.
1. From Spaceflightnow.com: The U. S. will look to corporate test pilots to lead the country’s charge back into space, say those at NASA fostering an commercial orbital human space transportation capability. NASA intends to become a customer of competing companies that can launch astronauts to the International Space Station in 2017, possibly two years after the test flights begin. Since the retirement of NASA’s shuttle program in mid-2011, the U. S. has looked to Russia for the launching of NASA’s astronauts.
A. From The Orlando Sentinel: SpaceX, one of three companies currently partnered with NASA to develop competing orbital human space transportation services, looks to 2015 to begin launching of corporate test pilots.
2. From Space.com: Somewhere among 461 new planet candidates unveiled this week at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Long Beach, Calif., is Kepler Object of Interest 172.02, possibly the closest exo-planet yet to a twin Earth. Though a bit larger than Earth, KOI 172.02 circles a sun-like star in the habitable zone — a region where water, if present, could exist in liquid form.
3. From Space.com: NASA looks to extend operations of the Hubble Space Telescope until 2018. The landmark space observatory was launched in 1990, and last upgraded by astronauts in 2006. The James Webb Space Telescope, which NASA and the astrophysics community have designated as Hubble’s successor, is scheduled for lift off in late 2018.
4. From Discovery.com: The Near Earth Asteroid Apophis, once believed to pose a collision threat to the Earth, is larger than first estimated. The latest measurements come from a close up observation of Apophis by the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory. NASA is a major partner in the Herschel mission. Apophis was discovered in 2004.
5. From The New York Times: The Weather Channel seeks a more dominant voice in extreme weather events, whether on the Earth or beyond.
6. From Spacepolitics.com: In the U. S. Senate, it appears that U. S. Sen. Richard Shelby, of Alabama, will be the top Republican on the appropriations panel responsible for NASA’s budget. He will work with U. S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who will chair the appropriations panel.
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