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CSExtra – Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. NASA opens a formal investigation into the July16 space suit water leak experienced by International Space Station astronaut Luca Parmitano, of Italy. Scientists work with NASA’s Curiosity rover to unravel how Mars lost its atmosphere. U. S. space exploration finds a fresh voice of support in Maryland congresswoman Donna Edwards. Comet ISON, barreling towards the sun, erupts. Earth stars in a rare solar system portrait. Binary stars may offer haven for emerging life. Astrophysicist Neil deGrass Tyson to host science series that continues legacy of Carl Sagan. Pentagon looks to Lockheed Martin for weather satellite upgrade. NASA’s final shuttle commander, Chris Ferguson, blazes commercial crew trail with Boeing.  Spotting Jupiter and Mars in the pre-dawn skies. The Space Foundation, long a fixture in Colorado Springs, branches out with inspirational space education exhibits.


1. From NASA names a Mishap Investigation Board to unravel a worrisome space suit water leak that interrupted a July 16 spacewalk by Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA’s Chris Cassidy. Water flooded Parmitano’s space suit helmet, raising the question of a space drowning.

A. From Ria Novosti, of Russia:  NASA selects a five member panel to investigate the causes and contributing factors leading to a worrisome July 16 water surge in the space suit of Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano.

2. From Time Magazine: Scientists allied with NASA’s Curiosity rover mission on Mars find new evidence to explain how the red planet lost the vast majority of its atmosphere. Mars became nearly airless from the top down, a study of carbon and oxygen isotopes by Curiosity suggests.

A. From The Coalition for Space Exploration: NASA presents a map of the Curiosity rover’s journey, so far, across Gale Crater on Mars.

3. From Space News: In Maryland, U. S. Rep. Donna Edwards emerges as a strong proponent for space exploration.

A. From Space News: U. S. Rep. Donna Edwards, a Maryland Democrat, looks to the Senate for a course correction on NASA spending and authorization measures.

B. From Last week, the House and Senate appropriations committees adopted quite different spending measures for NASA in 2014. The website offers a comparison. The lower overall House version blocks the White House proposed Asteroid Retrieval Mission. Both the House and Senate oppose proposed changes to NASA educational outreach programs.

4. From Comet ISON erupts brilliantly as it barrels toward the sun and perhaps an impressive display in the nighttime skies of the Earth late this year. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope captures the image.

5. From USAToday:  For only the third time, the Earth is featured in a planetary portrait from the outer solar system. The NASA sponsored Cassini mission in orbit around distant Saturn snaps the image.

6. From Binary stars may offer favorable refuge for planets with the potential for life.

7. From CNET via Space News: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will host a Fox and National Geographic space science series that builds on the work of Carl Sagan. Look for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey in the spring.

8. From Reuters news service via Yahoo Finance: The U. S. Department of Defense looks to Lockheed Martin for a $101 million contract to modify military weather satellites.

9. From Chris Ferguson moves from commander of NASA’s final shuttle mission to guiding light at Boeing for a ground breaking commercial spacecraft for astronaut transportation.

10. From Astronomy Now: Spotting Jupiter and Mars low in the in the pre-dawn skies.

11. From The Colorado Springs Business Journal: The Space Foundation, of Colorado Springs, reaches out to the public with a unique education experience for those fascinated with space.

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