Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Space capsule 5-1-13

I wrote recently that keeping tabs on space was something I wanted to spend more time on, with this blog serving as a good vehicle for that purpose. Well, there's certainly more than enough material for a semi-regular blog "space capsule":

-- NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope narrowly missed colliding with a defunct Soviet-era satellite.

-- ESA's Herschel Space Telescope ran out of helium coolant, bringing its mission to an end, as expected. This was not a result of the current political wrangling over helium, as an idea once touted of giving the spacecraft a helium refill was actually a joke.

-- The Russians upped the cost of a seat to the International Space Station to $70 million, while NASA announced a delay on its plans of getting there via the private sector. The technical term for this is "having us over a barrel."

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