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CSExtra – Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. NASA cuts short a spacewalk outside the International Space Station early Tuesday when water seeps into the protective helmet worn by European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano. In Washington, U. S. Senate appropriators back a spending increase for NASA.  Blue Origin joins SpaceX in expressing interest in operating former space shuttle launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX reports a successful ground of the company’s new Falcon 9 first stage. Saturn and the moon grow prominent in the sky after sunset. New imagery of comet ISON.


1. From CBS News and NASA suspends a two man spacewalk outside the International Space Station early Tuesday when European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano’s protective helmet begins to fill with water. The scheduled six to seven hour excursion with NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy is stopped after 92 minutes. The source of the water leak is under investigation.

A. From ABC ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano could have choked, even drowned as more than a liter of water leaked into his U.S. space suit.

B. From National Geographic: A look at the major risks associated with spacewalks.

C. From NASA investigates source of space suit water leak. Among the questions: might other NASA space suits be susceptible to similar leaks.

2. From In Washington, the U. S. Senate initiates an $18 billion appropriations measure for NASA’s 2014 budget,  $300 million more than the White House request. The additional funding bolsters NASA’s exploration and science accounts. The House initiated a proposed $16.6 billion budget request for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

A. From House appropriators prepare to mark up a $16.6 billion NASA spending bill for 2014.

B. From In Washington, Democrats in the U. S. Senate favor increased NASA spending on space science as well as missions to monitor climate change and the weather.

C. From Space News: Legislative budget battles introduce uncertainties into a pair of NASA planetary mission classes, Discovery and New Frontiers. New mission selections based on competitive proposals are delayed.

3. From Space News: Blue Origin joins SpaceX in expressing interest in operating the former space shuttle launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The space agency is looking for a commercial user of the launch pad it no longer needs.

4. From Space News: SpaceX conducts a successful ground test of the advanced first stage for its Falcon 9 rocket. Falcon 9 missions include the launch of supplies and potentially astronauts to the International Space Station.

5. From Planet Saturn and the moon become prominent objects to observe in the skies after sunset this week.

6. The Hubble Space Telescope captures images of comet ISON, which is headed toward the sun. Discovered last September, ISON could grow bright in the skies of Earth late this year.

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