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Monday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world, plus a summary of weekend happenings. Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk the surface of a new world has died. He was 82. The National Research Council embarks on a long term study of human spaceflight goals. Stormy weather bumps plans to launch NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission to Thursday. China unveils plans to stake a leadership role in future solar observations with a large new telescope. Iran plans to establish a spaceport by early 2013. NASA’s Curiosity rover triggers a new interest in space innovation. Remembering NASA’s modest Sojourner rover, the opening act for Curiosity.
1. From Space News, Aug. 25: Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong has died following complications from heart surgery. He was 82, Armstrong’s family says in a statement on Saturday.
A. From Collectspace.com and Space.com, Aug. 25: A look back at Neil Armstrong, his accomplishments and his impact on human space exploration.
B. From The New Yorker Magazine, Aug. 26: A literate look at Neil Armstrong’s life and accomplishments. After his career as a test pilot and astronaut, Armstrong shunned further fame to teach — “still the best way to find, and use, your public voice without being forced to raise it,” The New Yorker writes.
C. From Spaceflightnow.com and CBS News, Aug. 25: Friends, associates and co-workers recall Neil Armstrong and his accomplishments.
D. From National Public Radio, Aug. 26: Remembering Neil Armstrong, and the tumultuous 1960s.
E. From The Associated Press via Politico.com: “We may be living in the age of Armstrong,” according to the noted 20th Century historian Douglas Brinkley.
F. From NBC News: America loses a hero. Apollo’s astronauts made us believe anything was possible.
G. From The New York Times: “The Apollo 11 mission capped a tumultuous and consequential decade. The ’60s in America had started with such promise, with the election of a youthful president, mixed with the ever-present anxieties of the cold war; then it touched greatness in the civil rights movement, only to implode in the years of assassinations and burning city streets and campus riots. But before it ended, human beings had reached that longtime symbol of the unreachable.”
H.. From The Washington Post: Armstrong’s epochal achievement….”one giant leap for mankind.”
I. From The Los Angeles Times: “In the years that followed the flight of Apollo 11, Armstrong was asked again and again what it felt like to be the first man on the moon,” The Times reports. “In answering, he always shared the glory: ‘I was certainly aware that this was the culmination of the work of 300,000 to 400,000 people over a decade.’”
J. From The Wall Street Journal: Neil Armstrong, the most famous aviator since Charles Lindbergh, characterized himself as a “nerdy engineer.”
2. From Spacepolicyonline.com, Aug. 25: The National Research Council embarks on a new study of the future of human space flight. The assessment is required under the provisions of the 2010 NASA Authorization Act. The study, expected to require 22 months, will provide recommendations for activities through 2023.
3. From Florida Today: NASA looks to Thursday, and the passage of Tropical Storm Isaac, for the launching of a mission to explore the dynamics of the Earth’s Van Allen radiation belts. A second attempt to launch a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket with the Radiation Belt Storm Probe mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., was scrubbed Saturday because of stormy weather.
4. From Xinhuanet of China, Aug. 26: China unveils early plans for a “Giant Solar Telescope.” China intends to lead the field of solar observations within two decades.
5. From the Tehran Times of Iran, Aug. 22-23: Iran’s first spaceport will be operational by late March 2013.
6. From The Washington Post, Aug. 26: NASA’s Curiosity rover triggers interest in space innovation.
A. From Discovery.com, Aug. 24: Sojourner, a pint-sized rover, pioneered Curiosity’s successful arrival at Mars on Aug. 6. A look back at the start of the 1997 NASA mission.
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