CSExtra – Friday, June 1, 2012
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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. The SpaceX Dragon splashes down, returning to Earth after the first U. S. commercial re-supply mission to the International Space Station. The Milky Way is headed for a collision with a starry neighbor. Houston welcomes a Florida based shuttle replica for public display. Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus erupts.
1. From Universe Today: The nine-day SpaceX Dragon mission ends true to form on Thursday — with a successful splashdown that seems to signal a promising future for commercial cargo and crew transportation services. http://www.universetoday.com/95549/dragons-ocean-splashdown-caps-historic-opening-of-new-space-era/
A. From Spaceflightnow.com: SpaceX achieves a commercial spaceflight first with its Dragon mission. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/003/120531splashdown/
B. From the New York Times: Dragon sticks Thursday’s landing, just like it did most of the show case test mission. Now, it’s on to regular cargo space station cargo deliveries for SpaceX. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/science/space/first-spacex-dragon-cargo-flight-ends-with-a-splash.html?_r=2&ref=science
C. From Space.com: SpaceX is showered with praise from aerospace experts over the success of its Dragon mission, the first by a commercial provider to re-supply the International Space Station. http://www.space.com/15951-spacex-praise-dragon-spacecraft-success.html
D. From The Christian Science Monitor: Dragon’s success begins to convert the commercial skeptics. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0531/As-Dragon-capsule-splashes-down-SpaceX-begins-to-convert-skeptics
2. From Science News: The Milky Way — our galaxy — and Andromeda are heading toward a collision — in four billion years. The merger will change the skies to a hallucinogenic swirl, say scientists. Andromeda is closing in at 250,000 miles an hour, they calculate. http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/341187/title/Milky_Way_will_be_hit_head-on
A. From the Associated Press via Yahoo.com: Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope convince astronomers there will be no glancing blow. The entire collision will require 2 billion years to unfold. http://news.yahoo.com/cosmic-smashup-predicted-earth-survive-210734158.html
3. From the New York Times: An op-ed urges policy makers to address the financial difficulties facing NASA’s Earth sciences program, NOAA and the National Weather Service in their ability to forecast and monitor climate change. The declining numbers of satellites and the ramifications were discussed in a recent National Research Council report. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/opinion/earth-observing-satellites-in-jeopardy.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
4. From Ria Novosti of Russia: A Russian rocket launches an Intelsat communications satellite early Friday from a Sea Launch platform in the Pacific. http://en.rian.ru/russia/20120601/173781191.html
5. From the Houston Chronicle: Houston, unsuccessful in its bid to provide a home for one of NASA’s space shuttle orbiters, will welcome a replica on Thursday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The replica, arriving by barge, will be housed at Space Center Houston. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Shuttle-replica-set-to-pass-through-Kemah-on-3600924.php
6. From Wired News.com: A look at Enceladus, the icy moon of Saturn, through the eyes of NASA’s Cassini mission. Enceladus erupts, sending geyser like eruptions of water into space. http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/05/enceladus-plumes/
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