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CSExtra – Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest news and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, just back from five months on the International Space Station, inspires audiences well beyond his homeland about space. Some characterize a Chinese rocket launch this week as an anti-satellite weapons test. NASA ponders placing a Hubble like observatory in Mars orbit. The opening of the feature film Star Trek Into Darkness prompts talk of an actual warp drive propulsion system. Remembering Skylab, the first U. S. space station. In Kansas, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos prepares an Apollo era Saturn V rocket engine pulled from the Atlantic for display. More solar fury. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center ready to welcome a commercial neighbor. Russia launches a European telecommunications satellite.


1. From The Washington Post: A look at the inspiration for space coming from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s just concluded mission to the International Space Station, through his music, photography and use of social media.

A. From MSNBC News and CosmicLog: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield reminds a wide audience that men and women from around the world share a permanent presence in space. NASA’s Karen Nyberg, a young mother and wife to another astronaut, is prepared to connect with new audiences through space later this month as well.

B. From The Atlantic: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, inspirational in a non Kardashian kind of way.

2. From Was a Chinese rocket launch earlier this week actually an anti-satellite weapons test?

3. From U. S. Scientists ponder launching one of two Hubble class satellites donated to NASA by the U. S. National Reconnaissance Office to Mars. In orbit around Mars, the observatory could study the surface of the red planet and deep space. Two of the former spy satellites were donated to NASA last year.

4. From and TechNews Daily: NASA examines Star Trek’s warp drive propulsion system as a way around the cosmic speed limit.

5. From Wired News: Looking back at NASA’s Skylab space station. The first launch in this successful program that served as a  bridge between the Apollo and space shuttle programs was launched 40 years ago Tuesday.

6.  From Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos answered the call to salvage Saturn V rocket engines from the Atlantic Ocean. The restored artifacts from the Apollo-era will go on display later this month at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

7.  From The Los Angeles Times: On Tuesday night, an active sun unleashed its fourth powerful flare of the week.,0,2704008.story

8.  From Florida Today: Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana suggests NASA is open to sharing space with a Florida sponsored commercial space launch complex.

9.  From Ria Novosti, of  Russia: A Russian Proton launches a French telecommunications satellite.

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