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Radzanowski Replaces Whitesides as NASA Chief of Staff

NASA announced this afternoon that Dave Radzanowski will replace George Whitesides as NASA’s Chief of Staff.   In addition, James Stofan was named acting Associate Administration for Education.  The announcement follows: 

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Huntress: Constellation Neither Inspirational Nor Challenging, New Plan is “Sensible”

In an interview with Jim Oberg for IEEE Spectrum, Wes Huntress praised President Obama’s new plan for human spaceflight.  The Constellation program, he said, was “neither inspirational nor sufficiently challenging for a space program as storied as America’s” since it was focused on doing what we already did 40 years ago.  As for future human exploration of the Moon, he added: ”Others may go there and follow in our footsteps of long ago.  Best of luck to them.”

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CSIS Seeks Input — Quickly — on National Security and Commercial Space

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a draft report today and is seeking input from the space community before finalizing its findings and recommendations.    “National Security and the Commercial Space Sector” looks at the reliance of the national security space sector on commercial satellites and asks whether U.S. space policy should explicitly include commercial satellites in its “assured access to space” provisions.

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Europa

Europa, Edited by Robert T. Pappalardo; William B. McKinnon; Krishan Khurana; The University of Arizona Press; Tucson, Arizona (hardcover); $85.00; 2009. This book serves up a heavy dose of scientific papers geared to unveiling mysterious Europa – an icy moon of Jupiter. A volume in the prestigious Space Science Series, you find a rich compilation [...]

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Space balloon rips from mooring, overturns SUV

Source: USA Today The launch of a giant space balloon goes horribly wrong in Australia. (link to video) The launch of a giant space balloon went badly wrong Thursday in the Australian Outback when it and its heavy payload of scientific equipment broke from a mooring and dragged across the desert, overturning an SUV and narrowly [...]

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