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NASA's next Mars mission - the MAVEN orbiter. Credit: NASA/LASP

If you want to be outbound and onboard NASA’s next mission to Mars – better hurry.

NASA is inviting members of the public to submit their names and a personal message online for a DVD to be carried aboard a spacecraft that will study the Martian upper atmosphere.

The DVD will be in NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN)...

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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. With U. S. efforts to restore a human launch capability growing more distant rather than closer, NASA signs a $424...

 

NASA has signed a $424 million contract extension with Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency, to assure the launch and return of U. S., European, Japanese and Canadian astronauts to and from the International Space Station aboard Soyuz spacecraft through 2017, while Congress and the White House debate funding levels for the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program initiative.

The three-year-old initiative, intended to restore a U. S. astronaut launch capability lost with the shuttle fleet’s retirement in mid-2011, originally aimed for a 2015 startup.

That startup target has slipped to 2017. It could slide further, if Congress fails to provide the $821 million...

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Tuesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. In California, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo breaks the sound barrier Monday in a milestone flight test. With less of...

Credit: MarsScientific.com and Clay Center Observatory

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For the first time ever, SpaceShipTwo fired its rocket engine in flight! A major milestone in commercial human spaceflight.

According to a Virgin Galactic report: “Wheels stop—SpaceShipTwo safely on the ground after a triumphant day in the sky. So proud of our...

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Monday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe, including a summary of weekend activities. U. S. commercial space companies signal plans to step up test activities...

Kay Bailey Hutchison, retired long time U. S. Senator from Texas who helped to shape and fund NASA’s future over nearly two decades as a Washington legislator, was honored Friday as the 2013 recipient of the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement and the National Space Trophy in Houston on Friday.

The award was presented at a dinner banquet in her honor by Eugene Cernan, the commander of NASA’s Apollo 17 mission, and Tom Stafford, a long time NASA adviser and commander of the Apollo Soyuz Test Project and Apollo 10 mission.

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Spacewalker – My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer by Jerry Ross with John Norberg; Purdue University Press, $29.95; 2013.

As a former astronaut, Jerry Ross has written a personal account of his childhood in rural Indiana, then taking a career path that eventually led him into Earth orbit – not once but seven times. Via his numerous...

The PhoneSats are roughly the size of a coffee cup. Courtesy: AMSAT-UK

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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden testifies before a Senate appropriations panel on the agency’s 2014 budget request....

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