CSExtra – Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. On Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover finds compelling new evidence that water once flowed over the spacecraft’s Gale Crater landing site. Aboard the International Space Station, Canada’s Dextre robot moves past the halfway point of a landmark satellite refueling demonstration. Bigelow Aerospace develops an inflatable module for a space station demonstration. Russia launches military satellites. An astronomer looks at the obstacles faced by females in her profession as scientists experience a breakthrough in the search for alien planets. Searching the frigid Antarctic for meteorites. Iran considers a rocket launch with a primate. A top Canadian Space Agency official prepares to depart. NOAA weather satellite transponders contribute to impressive rescues in 2012.
1. From CBS News and Spaceflightnow.com: On Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover finds new rock formations suggesting water flowed over the region in the past.
A. From The Los Angeles Times: NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is ready to drill its first Martian rock within a few weeks.
2. From CBS News: Aboard the International Space Station, Canada’s Dextre robot works through a full dress rehearsal of a satellite re-fueling mission. The exercise this week is part of a joint NASA/Canadian Space Agency project to develop a capability for robotic refueling or aging spacecraft in orbit.
3. From The Orlando Sentinel: NASA and Las Vegas, Nev., based Bigelow Aerospace will outline an agreement today that places an inflatable module aboard the International Space Station. The $18 million project will demonstrate a technology that could be used on future deep space missions to house explorers.
4. Russia sends three military communications satellites into orbit aboard a single rocket on Tuesday, the country’s first spacecraft launch of 2013.
5. From The Huffington Post: As the search for extra solar planets takes off in response to NASA’s Kepler space telescope mission, astronomy struggles to establish a level playing field for its promising female professionals.
6. From Space.com: Where better than the Antarctic to look for well preserved rocks from space that have fallen to Earth? The NASA and National Science Foundation funded Antarctic Search for Meteorites does as much each year. ANSMET also serves as a space analogue for those assigned. “Being on the Antarctic ice is very much like being in space,” NASA astronaut Stan Love tells the website.
7. From Space. com: Iran looks to the launch of a primate within the next month.
8. From the National Post, of Canada: Steve MacLean departs the Canadian Space Agency for a physics venture with ties to Research in Motion’s co-founder Mike Lazadis
9. From Spacepolicyonline.com: Search and Rescue transponders on NOAA weather satellites assist in the rescue of 263 people in 2012.
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