CSExtra – Friday, November 9, 2012

November 9th, 2012

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Friday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world. The post U. S. election period prompts a renewed call for a White House level space council and visions of affordable human missions beyond the International Space Station. Russia will address a reorganization of Roscosmos, the country’s federal space agency. New studies suggest a global warming trend will continue throughout the 21st century. Clever astronomers rack up ingenious techniques for identifying alien worlds.  Britain’s fictional James Bond and U. S. strides in space seem to find success together.


1. From Space News: It’s time to re-establish a White House level National Space Council to coordinate activities among U. S. civilian and military space agencies, suggests a former member of the National Security Space Office. The most recent space council was disbanded in 1993 as then President George H. W. Bush left office. The post cold war version of the organization would also be led by the vice president, suggests Nicolas Eftimiades.

A. From  A look at a possible destination for astronauts beyond the International Space Station.  L2, a gravitationally stable orbital destination just beyond the moon, is gaining renewed interest among some cost constrained planners, who see L2 activities lending experience for and opening doors to missions to more distant destinations, explains space historian David Portree.

B. From Engineers evaluate the use of deployable rotors to guide future human space capsules to a landing over land rather than water. This old idea is getting a new look, the website reports.

2. From On Nov. 26, Russia’s deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin will host a conference on a restructuring of Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency.  In late 2011, then Russian prime minister Vladmir Putin placed Rogozin in charge of studying focused on restructuring. One possible transformation is as a public corporation.

A. From Ria Novosti: The Nov. 26 session comes in the midst of a Kremlin power struggle. Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, a member of now President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, has been sacked.

3.  From The Washington Post: Satellite data suggest the Earth is on a warming trend through the end of the century. The  gloomiest predictions may be the most accurate, suggest researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

A. From The Los Angeles Times: 2012, the warmest year in U.S. history, is serving as a wakeup call with a record Arctic ice melt, a drought induced rise in grain crops and Hurricane Sandy, writes Bill McKibben, founder of a global climate action campaign.,0,7030709.story

4. From How are astronomers identifying the growing numbers of exo-planets? Observatories like NASA’s Kepler space telescope and the transit method afford but one method in a growing arsenal of techniques. Math and physics play an important role in each.

5. From Skyfall, the latest feature in the half century old James Bond feature film arc opens Friday. Like its popular predecessors, Skyfall includes elements of advances in space exploration.

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