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Webb Detects Most Distant Black Hole Merger to Date

Webb

An international team of astronomers has used the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope to find evidence for an ongoing merger of two galaxies and their massive black holes when the Universe was only 740 million years old. This marks the most distant detection of a black hole merger and the first time researchers have detected this phenomenon so early in the Universe.

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ESA and NASA join forces to land Europe’s rover on Mars

JPL

ESA and NASA have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the provision of key elements for the Rosalind Franklin rover mission. The space Agencies are consolidating their cooperation on the ExoMars Rosalind Franklin mission with an agreement that ensures important US contributions, such as the launch service, elements of the propulsion system needed for landing on Mars and heater units for the Rosalind Franklin rover. Furthermore, ESA is working to launch its most ambitious exploration mission to search for past and present signs of life on Mars in 2028. 

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Karman Project Announces 2024 Fellowship Global Space Leaders

The Karman Project

The Karman Project has announced the 15 global space leaders it selected for the 2024 edition of the Karman Fellowship program. The 15 Fellows of 2024 represent 13 nationalities and five continents and join a growing network of influential Karman Alumni, coming from the startup, cultural, venture capital, research, space agency and industry sectors alike. The Foundation selected the Fellows from over 350 candidates globally, 50 of whom were presented to the Karman Selection Board for the final decision

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Lithuania Becomes Latest Signatory to the Artemis Accords

NASA x Lithuania

Lithuania has become the latest and 40th signatory to the US-led Artemis Accords, joining NASA and the international coalition in pursuit of safer space exploration. The ceremony took place at the Radisson Blu Lietuva hotel in Vilnius, Lithuania, and signifies a continued push toward transparency and peace as more nations traverse farther into space. United States

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The Exploration Company Appoints Kirasich as VP US Operations

The Exploration Company

The Exploration Company has announced the appointment of Mark Kirasich as its VP of US Operations to further strengthen the company's position in the industry, especially for the NASA certification of its vehicle, and its growth towards lunar missions and human space flight. Mark Kirasich will consequently oversee all aspects of the company's operations in the United States. Furthermore, his extensive background in human spaceflight, flight operations and lunar vehicles will be instrumental in driving the company's growth in the USA.

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Axiom Space and Virgin Galactic to Send Turkish Astronaut to Space

Tuva Atasever and Axiom Space

Axiom Space has partnered with Virgin Galactic to send Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) backup and Turkish Space Agency (TUA) astronaut Tuva Atasever on a suborbital flight on June 8 to conduct microgravity research. As a result, Atasever will become the second Turkish astronaut in his nation’s history after participating in the Galactic 07 flight to expand Turkey's endeavors in space.

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Infinite Orbits Announces Successful Fundraising Round

Infinite Orbits has concluded its first fundraising round, raising €12M in a round which Newfund Capital led. The round also saw participation from the EIC Fund, IRDI Capital Investissement and Space Founders France (a CNES venture arm). The closing of this round demonstrates confidence in Infinite Orbits’ vision and marks an important confirmation of the Company’s roadmap.

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Marble Imaging and Reflex Aerospace to Deploy EO Satellite Network

Marble Imaging

Marble Imaging has announced its partnership with Reflex Aerospace to develop the first of up to 200 advanced satellites, towards revolutionizing the Earth Observation industry. The Satellite fleet aims to address the urgent need for Earth Observation capabilities, strengthening sustainability by supplying real-time insights through very-high-resolution (VHR) imagery, Furthermore, Marble Imaging aims to be the leading European EO company capturing images of the entire planet every day in very-high-resolution (VHR). 

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