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CSExtra – Friday, February 22, 2013

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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. A confrontation between the White House and Congress over a March 1  budget sequestration looms. Is NASA too consumed with Mars as a target for exploration? NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will tour a Huntsville, Ala., propulsion research group’s facilities. in Florida. March 6 will mark Space Florida Day, an opportunity for the state’s aerospace industry to greet lawmakers and the public. Also in Florida, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex points to June 29 for the opening of  its $100 million shuttle Atlantis exhibit.  The scent of space — corralled in a candle. Some hospitalized in last week’s Russian asteroid blast leave the hospital.


1. From Concern in the space states grows over the prospect of a March 1 budget sequestration in the U. S., which would affect all federal agencies, including NASA.

A. From NASA establishes a new Washington directorate for the development of Space Technology — just ahead of a March 1 sequestration showdown between the White House and Congress. Tech transfer will be among the missions.

2. From Scientific American: Is Mars dominating exploration thinking at NASA? Mars and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn may hold evidence of extraterrestrial life, according to scientists.

A. From  In Private Mission to Mars in 2018? the web site speculates on a forthcoming announcement from Los Angeles investor and space adventurer Dennis Tito. Tito, founder of the Inspiration Mars Foundation, plans a Washington announcement next week.

B.  From Dennis Tito’s Mission for America may involve humans. A Feb. 27 news conference in Washington is planned.

C.  From NASA’s inspector general finds NASA making commendable progress in dealing with science mission cost and schedule challenges. The launch of NASA’s MAVEN Mars mission, developed to study Martian climate change, is scheduled for November.

D. From Reuters: The news service finds India ready to launch a Mars orbital mission by year’s end. It’s another sign of an emerging space race among Asian space powers, say experts.

3. From The Huntsville Times: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visits Alabama on Friday to tour advanced technology production facilities involved in the space agency’s Space Launch System initiative. The SLS is a powerful rocket that could start future U.S. explorers on missions to deep space destinations.

4. From In Florida, the aerospace community prepares for the annual Florida Space Day on March 6 in Tallahassee, the state’s capital. The day offers the opportunity for the state’s space interests to discuss the industry with state lawmakers and the public.

5. From Florida Today: Sponsors of The Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit set a June 29 opening date for the $100 million display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex near Titusville, Fla.

1. From In Florida, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex selects a logo for its pending display featuring the shuttle orbiter Atlantis.

6.From ThinkGeek, a nerdy gift company, develops an ultimate offering. A votive candle with the elusive scent of space.

7.  From and YouTube: A video compilation of the meteor/asteroid blast over Chelyabinsk Russia a week ago captures the surprise and shock.

A. From Ria Novosti, of Russia, Twenty-five people, including 11 children, injured in last Friday’s asteroid blast over Chelyabinsk leave the hospital after treatment.

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