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CSExtra – Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. In orbit, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft rehearsed its space station berthing early Thursday with a “fly under.” Planetary scientists pin hopes on Congress to restore NASA’s planetary science budget.  NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn identifies another icy moon. The U. S. and Canada reach a surveillance data sharing agreement. A meteor shower from space.


1. From  SpaceX and NASA closed in on a successful berthing of the first U.S. commercial re-supply spacecraft early Thursday. A “fly under” of Dragon will lead to a linkup early Friday. See for independent updates.

A. From CBS News: SpaceX, Dragon and NASA still in test flight mode.

B. From the New York Times: The making of SpaceX founder Elon Musk, whose 10-year-old company is poised to become the first commercial spacecraft to berth with the International Space Station.

C.  From Aviation Week & Space Technology: The SpaceX  Dragon will carry a “green propulsion” test bed to the International Space Station on a future mission.

2. From Planetary scientists tell the National Research Council they are counting on Congress to restore cuts to NASA’s planetary sciences budget. The White House has proposed a significant reduction for 2013.

3. From Science News: The NASA led Cassini mission finds another outer planet icy moon, This time its Hyperion, which belongs to Saturn.

4. From Space News: The U. S and Canada agree to share space surveillance data over the next five years. The U. S. and Japan reached a prior agreement to develop a framework for similar data sharing.

5. From NASA astronaut Don Pettit captured images of the April Lyrid meteor shower using a hand held video camera.

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