With one day to go before the 50th anniversary of Sputnik's launch here is my pick of the newsy stuff from around the web...
Chair Force Engineer considers this detail and I agree with some of what Chair Force says but take issue with other claims by Nasaspaceflight - more on that in a later post
ATK has put out a press release about a parachute test for Orion
Space.com is reporting on MIT developing a tether for astronauts to walk on asteroid
Spacedev has won a DARPA solar thermal propulsion contract
Find a photo report by Energia about preparations for the next manned Soyuz launch here.