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CSExtra – Friday, April 12, 2013

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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. Plans outlined this week in NASA’s 2014 budget proposal to maneuver an asteroid into orbit around the moon draw mixed reviews from abroad and at home. A major solar flare, unleashed by the sun on Thursday, should reach the Earth on Saturday, possibly interrupting satellite operations and triggering the Northern Lights. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spots what appears to be Mars 3, a lost Soviet era Mars lander. Numbers of photographs of the Earth gathered by International Space Station astronauts surpasses 1 million. Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares/Cygnus International Space Station resupply service rocket and cargo capsule will offer commercial secondary payload opportunities.  Jupiter may shine brightly enough to appear in the daytime skies. Unsorting North Korea’s missile threat.


1. From Space News: Leaders of the world’s space agencies react cautiously to plans outlined in U.S. President Obama’s 2014 budget plan to retrieve a distant asteroid and maneuver the object into lunar orbit where it would be accessible to U. S. astronauts. Reactions come from this week’s 29th annual National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

A. From The new chair of the U. S. House Science Space and Technology committee, Lamar Smith, of Texas, appears to be the most vocal in his opposition to NASA’s proposed asteroid mission.

B. From Ria Novosti, of Russia: NASA takes a science focus for its human exploration programs with plans to retrieve a deep space asteroid, the Russian news service reports.

C. From The Huffington Post: Rockets propelled by nuclear fusion offer the best propulsion source to retrieve a distant asteroid, say researchers at the University of Washington.

2. From U. S. News and World Report: A cloud unleashed toward the Earth by an energetic solar eruption on Thursday should reach the Earth on Saturday. The Coronal Mass Ejection is powerful enough to cause  geo-magnetic storms and brilliant auroral displays.

A. From Updates on the Coronal Mass Ejection unleashed by the sun on Thursday.

3. From National Geographic: Imagery from NASA’s eagle-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbit spotting what appears to be the former Soviet Union’s Mars 3 lander on the surface of the red planet.

A. From Communications with the Soviet Mars 3 lander were lost seconds after it touched down in 1971.

4. From The Atlantic: The number of images of the Earth snapped by International Space Station astronauts surpasses the one million mark. The station has been permanently staffed for more than a dozen years.

5. From Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine:  Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares/Cygnus commercial International Space Station resupply service plans to offer secondary payload opportunities. Orbital Sciences is partnered with NASA to develop the supply service under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services initiative.

6. From On Sunday, planet Jupiter may be visible in the daytime sky. Look close to the moon, the website explains.

7. From  For much of April, North Korea’s neighbors and their allies in the west have waited and watched believing that Pyongyang was close to launching a ballistic missile with enough range to reach Guam and perhaps the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

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