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CSExtra – Friday, January 13, 2012

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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. U. S. policy makers will look beyond a European authored code of conduct in space for something less restrictive. An international team forms to monitor Russia’s failed Phobos Grunt mission, which is days from an uncontrolled plummet to Earth. The International Space Station will maneuver Friday to avoid a possible collision with debris from a U. S. Iridium satellite.  Climate scientists suggest 400 actions to deal with climate change that do not involve carbon dioxide emissions. John Grunsfeld, NASA’s new associate administrator for science, addresses the American Astronomical Society. China launches a weather satellite.

1. From Space News: Officials suggest the U. S. cannot live with a European authored code of conduct in space. The European policies are too restrictive for the U. S. military, according to an official familiar with deliberations. However, there is a “sweet spot,” the U. S. can accept that will be rolled out soon. One focus of the policies is addressing the accumulation of space debris.

2. From The Coalition for Space Exploration: There are a dozen member nations in an Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee that is monitoring the re-entry of Russia’s Phobos Grunt mission spacecraft. The probe was launched in early November on a mission to the Martian moon Phobos but locked in Earth orbit by a propulsion system failure. Experts believe the spacecraft will re-enter over the weekend.

A. From Recent news media reports surrounding falling satellites, whether it’s NASA’s Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite or Russia’s Phobos Grunt mission, have awakened the public to the problems posed by the accumulation of orbital space debris.

B. From Space News: Russia’s Phobos Grunt mission spacecraft is likely to plummet to Earth on Jan. 15-16, say Russian experts.

3. From the Associated Press via the Houston Chronicle: NASA will maneuver the International Space Station on Friday to dodge a piece of U. S. satellite debris.

4. From the Washington Post:  A study led by NASA climate scientist Drew Shindell suggests ways of easing global warming with restrictions on methane and carbon black rather than carbon dioxide emissions. Proposed remedies include control of methane and diesel emissions from coal mines and automobiles and the elimination of wood burning stoves. The 400 proposed actions could also address lung and cardiovascular health problems, according to the 24 member research team.

5. From  John Grunsfeld, the new associate administrator of NASA’s science mission directorate and a former shuttle astronaut, sounds an inclusive note as he meets with astronomers at the American Astronomical Society meeting this week in Austin, Tex. The James Webb Space Telescope promises to advance their field, he tells fellow astronomers.

A. From MSNBC and Cosmic Log: Astronomers affiliated with NASA’s Kepler mission to identify Earth-like alien worlds celebrate the observatory’s accomplishments at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Tex. this week.

6. From Florida Today: Officials will break ground next week on the first public venue to display a NASA shuttle orbiter. Orbiter Atlantis will be housed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex near the launch complex.

7. From Xinhuanet of China: China successfully launches a weather satellite early Friday.

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