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CSExtra – Friday, January 25, 2013

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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. Remembering Apollo 1. NASA joins a European dark energy missions. A robot refueling demonstration outside the International Space Station, slowed by a software issue, resumes this week.  NASA engineers agree on a strategy to patch cracks on Orion test module. Former NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar takes STEM post at the University of Houston. Scientists find beetles navigating by the light of the Milky Way. Comet ISON stirs expectations.


1. From Sunday will mark the anniversary of the first U. S. space tragedy. The  Jan. 27, 1967 Apollo 1 launch pad fire claimed the lives of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.

2. From The Pasadena Star-News, of California: NASA will participate the European Space Agency’s Euclid mission for the study of dark energy and dark matter, two forces that shape the universe. NASA will contribute infrared detectors to the mission scheduled for launching in 2020.

3. From Aboard the International Space Station, an external robot resumes a satellite refueling demonstration that was interrupted last week by software issues. The experiment is sponsored jointly by NASA and the Canadian Space Agency. The outcome could lead to a robotic refueling capability for aging satellites.

4. From At the Kennedy Space Center, engineers will install structural doublers on the aft bulkhead of the Orion crew capsule designated for an unpiloted test flight in 2014. The doublers will repair cracks that surfaced in early November during a pressure test. More tests are planned within weeks.

5. From The Houston Chronicle: Bonnie Dunbar, the former NASA astronaut, departs Seattle, Wash., for the University of Houston, where she will lead a new science, technology, engineering and math center and teach in the college of engineering.

6. From The Los Angeles Times: Beetles look to the Milky Way for guidance in moving their food source. A new study finds the first evidence of animals navigating by star light.,0,6369724.story

7. From Comet ISON, could  be the “comet of the century” as it approaches the sun in late November, glowing so brightly it will be visible in daylight, according to some experts. Others will wait and see.

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