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CSExtra – Monday, June 4, 2012

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Monday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world, plus a roundup from the weekend.  The successful  SpaceX/Dragon mission, flown under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program, stirs discussion about future directions for commercial space. Houston welcomes a space shuttle replica with a Shuttlebration. New York’s test orbiter Enterprise makes its way from JFK International Airport to its new home, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Gliese 581 all quiet. Monday brings a partial lunar eclipse. Intelsat’s latest telecommunications satellite encounters a solar array problem. Canadians express eagerness to examine space rocks. A look at space related activities scheduled for the week ahead. 1. From Space News, June 1:  SpaceX founder Elon Musk believes the company’s success with the Falcon9/Dragon mission should win it new business launching national security payloads.

A. From, June 2: The SpaceX/Dragon mission draws praise from some in Congress, including those who represent districts with NASA installations or who sit on space oversight panels.

B. From Florida Today, June 2:  Columnist John Kelly finds good news for Florida’s Space Coast in two recent commercial space developments: Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites win FAA approval for powered test flights of SpaceShipTwo, and the SpaceX/Dragon round trip to the International Space Station. Each will open the commercial space industry to “new companies” and “new ideas,” factors that will benefit the region in the long term, Kelly writes.|topnews|text|Space%20News

2. From The Houston Chronicle, June  3 : Houston obtains a shuttle replica for public display. On Sunday, crowds gathered to watch as Explorer was towed from a dock near NASA’s Johnson Space Center to Space Center Houston.  Earlier, Explorer made its way from its previous home at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Houston by barge. The exchange was made after Kennedy was chosen  to house and publicly display the orbiter Atlantis.

A. From The Galveston Daily News, June 2: Enthusiastic crowds greet Explorer, the space shuttle replica shipped earlier from the Kennedy Space Center to Houston for display at Space Center Houston. Explorer was assembled to permit visitors to “board” the winged spacecraft for a look at how it flew.

3. From, June 3: In New York City, the test orbiter Enterprise begins a barge journey from JFK International Airport to the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum on Sunday. This is the last leg of a journey for Enterprise that began several weeks ago at the Smithsonian Institution’s s Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center in suburban Washington D. C.   NASA assigned orbiter Discovery to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and Endeavour to the California Science Museum in Los Angeles. Atlantis remains at KSC in Florida.

4. From, June 2: Australia’s International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research at Curtin University listens but fails to detect signs of intelligent life on Gliese 581 a planetary systems 20 light years from Earth. This recently discovered system is thought to host six planets, two of them orbiting in the habitable zone of their host star.

A. From, June 3: Through the years space aliens have taken many forms — when they emerge from Hollywood.

5. From Astronomy Now, June 3: Monday brings a partial lunar eclipse visible in much of the Americas, East Asia and Australia.  Check very early in the U. S.

A. From In the U. S., the partial eclipse begins before sunrise. For updates:

6. From USA June 3: Venus crosses the sun’s face on Tuesday from a perspective rarely visible from the Earth. The Internet and camera carrying teams will make it possible for millions to view the event by web cast.

7. From Space News, June 2:  Launched May 31, the latest Intelsat telecommunications satellite experiences solar array problems, Intelsat announces.

8. From the Ottawa Citizen of Canada, June 2:  In Canada, experts in the study of meteorites plan for a future in which they offer global expertise on the study of planetary samples brought back to Earth.

9. From, June 3: A look at major space policy related events scheduled for the week ahead.




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