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CSExtra – Top Space News for Thursday, October 17

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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. U.S. government shutdown and furlough of federal workers ends early Thursday. International Space Station crews facing busy schedule of activity. Florida company eyes International Space Station as source of improvements in food, nutrition. Clues to life’s origins may reside at lunar poles. NASA’s Curiosity rover delivers new evidence for presence of Martian meteorites on the Earth.  Cost to search for ET may be too high for Earthlings. Dwarf galaxies help dark matter search. NASA Mercury mission may offer clues to lunar origins. Moving ahead with the search for Amelia Earhart.



1. From Shortly after midnight in Washington, President Obama signs compromise legislation ending the U.S. government shutdown. Worker furlough ends.

A. From the Wall Street Journal: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, calls federal employees back to work on Thursday.

B. From the Houston Chronicle: NASA professionals among federal workers ready to return to their jobs after U.S. government shutdown ends. However, apprehension over the prospect of future shutdowns remains. Civil servants can expect back pay. For contractors, lost wages may remain lost.

C. From the Washington Post: Sixteen-day U.S. government shutdown ends, federal workers expected back at work.

D. From the Hill: President Obama signs bi-partisan legislation ending U.S. government shutdown, hours before a Treasury Department deadline for raising the nation’s debt limit. Government operations funded through Jan. 15; debt ceiling good through Feb. 7. Measure passes House, 285-144; Senate, 81-18.

E. From the Huntsville Times, of Alabama: U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks introduces legislation this week to fund NASA alone for fiscal year 2014, if necessary, fending off threats of another U.S. government shutdown and worker furlough.

2. From The U.S. government furlough has not slowed plans aboard the International Space Station. The Orbital Sciences Corp. Cygnus resupply capsule that berthed on Sept. 29, will depart on Oct. 22.  The European Space Agency’s ATV-4 Albert Einstein, which arrived on June 15, will depart on Oct. 28. A replica of the Olympic torch is scheduled to arrive with three new crew members aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on Nov. 7, accompany two cosmonauts during a Nov. 9 spacewalk and return to Earth on Nov. 11, well ahead of the Olympic Games in Soichi, Russia in February.

3. From the Coalition for Space Exploration: Zero Gravity Solutions, of Florida, intends to use the commercially available assets of the International Space Station to advance agriculture on the Earth.

4. From Clues about the origins of life in the solar system may reside at the moon’s poles, suggests Russian scientist.

5. From the American Geophysical Union: NASA’s Curiosity rover offers new evidence for the origins of Martian meteorites that have fallen to Earth. Look to isotopes of argon gas trapped in the rocky structure.

A. From NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, circling the red planet since 2006, reveals the neighboring planet in all its mystery.

6. From The largest piece yet from the meteorite that exploded over remote Russia on Feb. 15 is recovered from Lake Chebarkul. Recovery covered by live television.

7. From NBC News: Is the search for alien life too expensive to pursue?  A new book, Five Billion Years of Solitude, by science journalist Lee Billings suggests as much, NBC reports.

8. From Scientific American: Satellite galaxies help to solve dark matter mystery.

9. From NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury may hold new clues to the formation of the Earth’s moon.

10. From the Huffington Post: Search for Amelia Earhart, the famed but long lost female pilot, will resume next year. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) will lead the effort.

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