Friday Flybys (v. 9)
And doing its part to hit optimistic launch numbers, India is planning to send up a communications satellite devoted to exclusively to telemedicine. (SpaceDaily)
Speaking of India, the ESA Council has approved a cooperation agreement between ESA and the Indian Space Research Organisation for India's first moon mission, Chandrayaan-1.
After this week's space security conference in Geneva, Russia and China are urging an international pact to prevent the deployment of weapons in space. (Financial Times)
Meanwhile... the Baltimore Sun argues, first Hubble, then Mars.
Alan Boyle goes to Esther Dyson's Flight School.
Science Blog looks at the big popularity of NASA podcasts.
And yet more good word of mouth for space tourism from a member of the pool of future private space flight customers, quoted in the Lehigh University newspaper: "I would be interested in space travel because Earth has gotten boring," said Chris Cangelose, class of '06.
That's the spirit!
(And he added, "I think ET would be a good guy." )