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CSExtra – Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. Tuesday’s presidential election re-establishes a national political status quo. The outcome will or will not influence future space policy, according to differing assessments. In the shadow of the election uproar in the U. S., a mile wide asteroid sails within four million miles of the Earth. Japan plans to debut a low cost, solid fuel rocket next year. Epsilon will launch a space telescope mission. The galactic formula for life friendly planets may include giant Jupiter-like planets and asteroid belts, some astronomers theorize.


1. From A rough election season ends with a political status quo, notes the Washington website. Re-elected President Obama must work with a Republican controlled House and a Democratic led Senate. Despite the gridlock on many issues, however, space policy appears to remain a bipartisan topic. The lineup is likely to tackle a new NASA authorization bill in the Senate. The House Science, Space and Technology committee is likely to receive new leadership.

2. From With the re-election of President Obama, NASA will likely keep its human exploration goals directed toward a future asteroid mission. A transition of orbital space transportation activities from the government to the commercial sector will continue.

A. From The website offers a different view on the election’s impact on space policy. Current policy faces some key challenges, including a possible loss of standing for human space exploration, according to the web site’s summary of a pre-election Marshall Institute forum on the topic.

3.  From U. S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, wins re-election. Nelson, who participated in an early shuttle flight, has long been a supporter of NASA activities.  Nelson worked effectively on space policy issues with U. S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican, who is retiring.

A. From The Houston Chronicle: Nick Lampson, a Texas Democrat and former House member who once represented NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Congress, concedes to his Republican opponent. Lampson championed space exploration in his bid to return to the House after an absence.

4. From Scientists using NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Network ground station pings the mile wide asteroid 2007 PA8,  as it passed 4 million miles from the Earth over the period, Oct. 28-30.

5. From Japan will introduce a low cost, solid fuel rocket launch service next year. The new booster was christened Epsilon. It’s first payload is a space telescope.

6. From Cosmos Magazine: Astronomers point to star systems with giant Jupiter-like planets with an asteroid belts as suited to shepherd the formation of life friendly planets.

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