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May 13, 2013

Headlines May 13, 2013

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Astronauts replace pump on emergency spacewalk

Two US astronauts have replaced a pump on a spacewalk aimed at fixing a leak of ammonia from the International Space Station’s cooling system.  Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn completed the work an hour ahead of schedule, reporting no further escape.

 

Defense

U.S. automatic cuts send Pentagon contract awards down 52 percent 

Pentagon contracts tumbled 52 percent in April from a month earlier as across-the-board federal budget cuts took hold.

Pentagon plans to share missile secrets with Russia opposed by Republicans

The Pentagon held internal talks on declassifying sensitive missile defense technology that it plans to share with Russia as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to assuage Moscow’s opposition to European defenses.

Pentagon grapples with sex crimes by military recruiters

Military recruiters across the country have been caught in a string of sex-crime scandals over the past year, exposing another long-standing problem for the Defense Department as it grapples with a crisis of sexual assault in the ranks.

 

Space

How 3,500 of us want a one-way trip to Mars and be filmed on a ‘space-age reality TV program’

More than 3,500 Britons have applied for a one-way ticket to Mars under a bold plan to fly four people there every year from 2023. The colonists have to agree to stay on the red planet for the rest of their lives – and be filmed for a reality TV program.

Ground control to Commander Hadfield

It is a fitting farewell from the astronaut who has become a global online star. Astronaut Chris Hadfield has recorded a cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity while floating weightless aboard the International Space Station.

 

Technology

Pilotless flight trialed in U.K. shared airspace

A Jetstream aircraft became the first to fly “unmanned” across U.K. shared airspace last month. An on-board pilot handled the take-off, from Warton, near Preston in Lancashire, and landing, in Inverness.

 

International

Kuwait may sign plane deal in May, Airbus favored

Kuwait is studying plans by its airline to buy 25 Airbus jets ,a source with knowledge of the matter said, in the most sweeping overhaul since part of its fleet was seized after Iraq invaded the Gulf state in 1990.

 

Viewpoint

How to cut the Pentagon budget better than sequestration does

by Michael O’Hanlon, Washington Post

A deeply flawed conventional wisdom is developing that despite warnings from former defense secretary Leon Panetta and others that the sky would fall if sequestration occurred, automatic spending cuts are not so bad after all. By this logic, not only should the cuts in defense as well as domestic “discretionary” accounts continue, but it would also be okay to implement automatic and across-the-board cuts in the next fiscal year, too, starting in October.




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