CSExtra – Top Space News for Thursday, September 19
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Thursday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. NASA upbeat about future of Asteroid Retrieval Mission featuring new Space Launch Systems and Orion hardware. Space shuttle engines embrace new Space Launch System role. Orbital Sciences Corp. dispatches Antares rocket, Cygnus re-supply capsule to the International Space Station as second U. S. cargo provider. NASA pays for bed rest volunteers to address health concerns associated with long space missions. China invites astronauts from other nations to train for space station work. Apollo 11′s Buzz Aldrin: Mars is the goal. NASA looks to post-2020 International Space Station operations. Harvest Moon warm up act for fall. Small asteroid zips comfortably close.
1. From Sky and Telescope: NASA remains upbeat about the future of its Asteroid Retrieval Mission featuring new Space Launch System and Orion hardware in spite of budget uncertainties. ARM is a new start in NASA’s proposed 2014 budget. A space agency panel provided new mission details at the recent American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conference in San Diego.
A. From NASA: NASA’s push for new exploration technologies, commercial and International partnerships will establish the groundwork for space achievements for years to come, according to Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations.
B. From Space News and NASA Video: NASA and its contractor team are at work developing and fabricating the Orion, Space Launch System and Ground System elements of the launch and crew systems that will enable future human exploration beyond low Earth orbit.
2. From NASA: NASA looks to space shuttle main engines to power first stage of the new Space Launch System. Four of the RS-25 power plants will propel the first stage of new rocket intended to start human explorers on future deep space missions.
3. From The Wall Street Journal: Orbital Sciences Corp. lifts off Wednesday in pursuit of opportunity to become second U. S. commercial re-supply service for the International Space Station.
A. From The Washington Post: Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket lifts off with a heavy burden: help keep the International Space Station active as NASA pursues a new deep space exploration agenda.
B. From CBS News: Orbital Sciences Corp. starts mission critical to future of the International Space Station, commercial space flight.
C. From Space News: Successful Antares/Cygnus International Space Station mission will clear way for Orbital Sciences Corp to begin work on $1.9 billion NASA Commercial Resupply Services agreement. First CRS mission could launch in December.
D. From Ria Novosti, of Russia: Cygnus spacecraft due at space station early Sunday with more than 1,300 pounds of supplies.
E. From Aviation Week & Space Technology: Orbital Sciences looks beyond the modified Russian made first stage rocket engines for the company’s new Antares rocket. The Dulles, Va., based firm will market the Antares to address a launch niche once filled by the Delta II rocket.
F. From The Orlando Sentinel: Orbital Sciences mission marks a NASA milestone, says NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
4. From The Independent, of Great Britain: NASA recruits volunteers for University of Texas bed rest study to simulate effects of weightlessness during long duration spaceflight. Seventy day test will earn volunteers $4,800 a month, but they must lie down.
5. From China Daily: China offers to train astronauts from other countries and open use of its future space station. The offer came this week during a five day United Nations/China Workshop on Human Space Technology.
6. From Investors.com: America should reach out for Mars, says Apollo 11′s Buzz Aldrin. In an interview, Aldrin speaks of overcoming personal challenges to reach the moon and more in his career. New rewards await the nation that pushes on in space, he writes in a new book that is focused on Mars. ”Buzz is the ultimate forward thinker,” says an admirer.
7. From CBSNews.com: NASA looks to post-2020 International Space Station operations.
8. From Space.com: Harvest Moon this week suggests fall is around the corner.
9. From Space.com: Small asteroid races past the Earth Wednesday night. RZ53, an estimated 10 feet in length, passed a comfortable 151,000 miles away as forecast.
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