CSExtra – Thursday, January 24, 2013
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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related reporting and commentary from around the world. Intense magnetic fields may explain a long standing mystery over the high temperatures measured in the sun’s corona. Sizing up the risk to Earth from asteroid and comet impacts. A major computer hacking operation, whose targets included NASA, leads to Eastern Europe. The U. S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee finalizes its member roster. A modern day Enterprise fails to muster public enthusiasm. Conception in space receives a reality check. An Antarctic cosmic ray hunter establishes an endurance record. Imaging black holes.
1. From The Los Angeles Times: NASA researchers address a long standing mystery over the high temperatures in the sun’s outer atmosphere. New imagery from a sounding rocket observatory points to energy from solar magnetic activity. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-nasa-solar-flare-hic-20130123,0,4940387.story?track=rss
A. From Space.com: How NASA-funded scientists unraveled the mystery of the sun’s high temperature corona. http://www.space.com/19400-sun-corona-secrets-suborbital-telescope.html
2. From The Huffington Post: The Earth faces little threat of an extinction level impact from an asteroid or comet over the next century, according to Don Yeomans, who leads NASA studies on the topic. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/23/asteroid-impact-near-earth-objects-life-earth-nasa_n_2529946.html?utm_hp_ref=nasa
A. From The Coalition for Space Exploration: Don Yeomans new book on the topic, Near-Earth Objects: finding them before they find us, makes a case for humanity’s expansion into space to deal with catastrophe whether self-imposed or external. http://spacecoalition.com/blog/book-review-near-earth-objects-finding-them-before-they-find-us
3. From The Associated Press via USA Today: Authorities detain three in a major U. S. computer hacking assault. NASA computers were among those targeted in cyber attacks that began in 2005. The suspects hailed from Eastern Europe. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/01/23/feds-3-charged-over-gozi-computer-virus/1858813/
4. From Spacepolicyonline.com: In the U. S. House, the Science, Space and Technology Committee fills out the roster of lawmakers who will oversee the formulation of U. S. space policy. Many familiar faces. Republican Steve Palazzo of Mississippi will chair. http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/house-space-subcommittee-members-named-for-113th-congress
5. From MSNBC.com and Cosmic Log: U. S. supporters of a modern day Star Ship Enterprise fail to reach a critical mass in the White House petition threshold. Earlier, the White House rejected a petition calling for a Star Wars style Death Star military spacecraft. http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/23/16665671-its-dead-jim-white-house-petition-to-build-starship-enterprise-fizzles?lite
6. From Forbes.com: Conception in space — probably a work in progress, according to an expert. http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2013/01/23/sex-in-space-no-panacea-for-conception-says-former-nasa-flight-surgeon/
7. From Space.com: An Antarctic cosmic ray hunter sets a record for balloon flight. http://www.space.com/19407-antarctica-balloon-longest-flight-record.html
8. From Space.com via Discovery.com: Astronomers confront the challenges of imaging the massive black holes that reside in the middle of the Milky Way and other galaxies. http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/black-hole-event-horizon-telescope-model-130123.htm
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