In Today’s Extra… Emergency operations teams watched over Central Florida space launch sites as Hurricane Irma lashed the sunshine state. The White House and Congress have agreed on hurricane relief as well as temporary budget appropriation measures as the start of 2018 fiscal year nears.
Space Coast Impacted by Hurricane Irma
NPR (9/10): As Hurricane Irma battered Florida over the weekend, 120 professionals were secured within NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on the state’s space coast watching over the facilities and critical space hardware, like the sheltered Orion capsule and Space Launch System components undergoing preparation for the future Exploration Mission-1 test launch.
Spacepolicyonline.com (9/8): Late last week, the White House and Congress took steps to keep the federal government operating through December 8 without a formal budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts October 1. The House, Senate and President Trump agreed to a budget continuing resolution, debt limit extension and a down payment on appropriations to respond to Irma and Harvey, the major storms that have swept over Florida and parts of the Texas and Louisiana coast since late August.
Coalition Member in the News (United Launch Alliance)
Noozhawk, of Santa Barbara, California (9/8): United Launch Alliance has delayed the planned September 14 launch of a U.S. national security payload from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, because of Hurricane Irma. The storm forced some launch team members who support Atlas V operations from the east as well as the west coast to return to their Florida homes to prepare. A new launch date was to be established after the storm’s passage.
Human Space Exploration
Soyuz rocket with manned spacecraft installed at Baikonur launch pad
Science & Space (9/10): A Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with a Soyuz MS-06 manned spacecraft, which is due to take a new crew to the International Space Station on September 13, has been installed at a launch pad of the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan, the Roscosmos space corporation told TASS.
Spaceweather.com (9/10): The sun erupted again Sunday with a solar flare that sent more energy toward the Earth’s magnetic field, causing shortwave radio blackouts and extreme aurora.
Universe Today (8/8): A detection by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars, the presence of the chemical element boron, improves the prospect that the red planet was once habitable. Long ago, Mars was warmer and wetter then went through a transformation to a dry, cold realm between 4.2 and 3.7 billion years ago through the loss of its atmosphere. Boron is necessary for the creation of RNA found in all forms of Earthly life. The research led by the Los Alamos National Laboratory was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.
Ars Technica (9/8): The International Astronomical Union has officially assigned names to 14 features on the surface of Pluto revealed by NASA’s New Horizons mission flyby in 2015.
Space.com (9/8): German research suggests that water may be chemically bound in the regolith found in the upper layers of the lunar surface — at not just at the higher latitudes as previous studies suggested. The findings were published in the journal Science Advances.
Universe Today (9/8): Older stars, including sun-like stars older than one billion years, could be more conducive to life, according to a research effort led by the Queen’s University of Belfast and relying on observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM Newton. The correlation is also linked to magnetic field and X-ray emission intensities.
Space.com (9/10): Brane Craft, a concept developed by Aerospace Corp. under a NASA Advanced Concepts initiative, would help sweep destructive man-made debris from Earth orbit by wrapping itself around its targets like a blanket and dragging them lower in altitude for a destructive re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.
Major Space Related Activities for the Week
Spacepolicyonline.com (9/10): NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin are to launch to the International Space Station late Tuesday, restoring six-person station operations. NASA’s long-running Cassini mission at Saturn ends Friday. Politico hosts The New American Space Age, a Washington forum on Tuesday. Congress will be active in Washington in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma’s ravaging of Florida and Harvey’s of Texas and Louisiana, all since late August. Late last week, the House, Senate and White House agreed to a budget continuing resolution that will keep the U.S. government open through December 8.
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