CSExtra – Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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Tuesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. U.S., Canadian and Russian astronauts return to Earth in remote Kazakhstan late Monday, concluding a 146-day mission. The descent marks the end of the first space station command by a Canadian. The sun unleashes the latest in a series of powerful flares on Monday. Experts debate the value of a mission to an asteroid as part of an eventual human expedition to Mars. Sierra Nevada Corp’s Dream Chaser lifting body departs for NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Calif., and upcoming flight tests. Payload bay doors aboard the retired shuttle orbiter Atlantis swing open in preparation for a soon to open permanent public display.
1. From Spaceflightnow.com: A U. S., Canadian and Russia crew departs the International Space Station for Earth late Monday. Their safe landing in Kazakhstan ends a 146 day mission for Chris Hadfield, Canada’s first spacecraft commander, NASA’s Tom Marshburn and cosmonaut Roman Romanenko.
A. From USAToday: Command of the International Space Station shifts from Canadian Chris Hadfield to Russia Pavel Vinogradov, a veteran cosmonaut.
B. From NBC News and Cosmic Log: Canadian Chris Hadfield makes the most of his space station voyage, both for his proud homeland as well as a planet that often forgets men and women have been living steadily in space for more than a dozen years.
C. From The Los Angeles Times: Canadian Chris Hadfield raises the bar for space commanders by personalizing the experience through his words, his Twitter account and his passion for music. Hadfield’s late breaking rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity goes viral before he and space station crew mates Tom Marshburn and Russian Roman Romanenko return safely to Earth late Monday.
D. From The Canadian Press: Chris Hadfield is the latest in a line of Canadian men and women to make contributions to the exploration of space.
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/life/Notable+Canadians+have+made+history+space+exploration/8373332/story.htm2. From Discovery.com: The sun unleashes three X-class flares over Sunday and Monday, the most powerful eruptions of the year. The origin of the flares was a sun spot turned away from the Earth. More activity is forecast as the active region rotates this way.
A. From Space.com: The anatomy of a solar flare.
3. From The Space Review: “In Asteroids on the way to Mars, or just in the way?” TSR editor Jeff Foust unsorts last week’s Human to Mars Summit in Washington last week and all the discussion over the role an asteroid visit might plan in the future human exploration of Mars.
4. From The Huntsville Times: Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser lifting body, a participant in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program heads for NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center to begin autonomous flight tests.
5. From Collectspace.com: At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, preparations continue toward the opening of a public venue for the shuttle orbiter Atlantis on June 29. Last week, the long payload bay doors of Atlantis swung open as part of preparations for the display near Titusville and Cape Canaveral.
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