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CSExtra – Top Space News for Thursday, August 22

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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe.  Former NASA shuttle commander and test pilot Gordon Fullerton dies, following a lengthy illness. A look back at fleeting plans to use Apollo era hardware for human missions to Mars and Venus. NASA’s WISE mission infrared space telescope is coming back to life to search for asteroids suited for exploration by U. S. astronauts. In Russia, scientists recover a large chunk of the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk in mid-February. Engineers developing human exo-skeleton for missions to planetary surfaces. Clever limerick helps vault Navy test pilot into job as NASA astronaut. What if an interstellar human civilization encounters alien life? NASA’s SOHO observatory watches as small comet careens into the sun. Blue moon graces Washington.  Ambitious SpaceX is hiring.


1. From NASA space shuttle commander and test pilot Gordon Fullerton dies. Fullerton was 76.

2. From What if NASA’s budget had not been cut as U. S. Apollo astronauts reached the moon during the Cold War. There were plans to employ Apollo hardware for human missions to Mars and Venus. However, the Viet Nam war and domestic needs stretched the nations resources.

3. From The Associated Press via The Washington Post: NASA will revive the WISE infrared telescope spacecraft to search for asteroid candidates suited to visits by future U. S. astronauts. Launched in 2009, WISE completed its primary mission and was placed in hibernation two years later.  Next month, WISE will re-awaken to begin its new duties at a cost of $5 million annually.

4. From Ria Novosti, of Russia:  On Feb. 15,  a meteor exploded with unexpected force over Chelyabinsk in Russia. Scientists report they recovered a 7.5 pound fragment, the largest piece of the rocky object discovered so far.–Scientists.html

5. From The X1 exoskeleton that NASA engineers are developing could give astronauts on planetary surfaces additional strength. The “Iron Man” like garb, however, may find its first application as a resistive exercise device aboard the International Space Station.

6. From Writing skills help vault U. S. Navy test pilot into job as NASA astronaut. Victor Glover puts medical testing into perspective.

7. From Experts propose responses to alien life if humans become an interstellar civilization. The topic arose at the Starship Congress in Dallas, Tex., earlier this month.

8. From The Los Angeles Times: NASA’s SOHO solar observatory watches as a comet disappears into the sun.,0,6168569.story

9. From “Blue” moon graces Washington D.C. earlier this week.

10. From Popular Science: SpaceX, the California based rocket company, is hiring. There are job openings for space suit engineers as well as a line cook.

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