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CSExtra – Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Wednesday’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from around the world.  European Space Agency ministers back off plans for a German-inspired lunar lander. In Europe, the direction of future space investments may be in turmoil as ESA ministers discuss future priorities New research suggests the Earth and Mars shared a common source of water — meteorites, not comets. Russian lofts a communications satellite for Echo Star. Investigators point to root case for a pair of Orbital Sciences Corp. satellite losses that could influence a second source of U. S. commercial re-supply services to the International Space Station. Is NASA’s Curiosity rover on the verge of a momentous finding on Mars?

 

1. From Spaceflightnow.com: As European Space Agency ministers gather in Naples, ESA powers reject plans for a robotic lunar lander in favor of investments in a partnership with the Russians for a mission to gather samples of Martian soil and rock and return them to Earth.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1211/20moonlander/

A. From Spacepolitics.com: In Europe, ministers of the European Space Agency face momentous decisions over the next days, including a possible role in the development of NASA’s Orion/Multipurpose Crew Vehicle, a cornerstone in U. S. plans to revive human deep space exploration.

http://www.spacepolitics.com/2012/11/20/europe-plots-its-space-future-this-week/

B. From Aviation Week & Space Technology: European ministers face potentially momentous decisions as they gather to discuss future investments, including operations of the International Space Station beyond 2015, plans for a new or upgraded rocket launcher. Economic concerns loom in the background.

http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_11_19_2012_p36-516840.xml&p=2

2. From Space.com: New research suggest the Earth and Mars shared a similar source of original water: meteorites, not comets.

http://www.space.com/18571-mars-water-formation-earth.html

3. From Ria Novosti, of Russia: A Russian Proton rocket launches an Echo star communications satellite for Dish Net, the North American satellite services provider.

http://en.rian.ru/science/20121120/177617455.html

4. From Aviation Week & Space Technology: Investigators point to a root cause in the loss of two NASA Orbital Carbon Observatory spacecraft. The findings may affect contractor Orbital Science Corp’s plans to service the International Space Station with commercial re-supply services.

http://www.aviationweek.com/Blogs.aspx?plckBlogId=Blog:04ce340e-4b63-4d23-9695-d49ab661f385&plckPostId=Blog%3a04ce340e-4b63-4d23-9695-d49ab661f385Post%3abcb6c326-46f0-44ef-a0ea-334de6a1e090

5. From National Public Radio: Top scientists involved in NASA’s Curiosity rover mission to Mars hint at a major finding just around the corner. The details will be presented at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco in early December.

http://www.npr.org/2012/11/20/165513016/big-news-from-mars-rover-scientists-mum-for-now

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