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Saudi Arabia Introduces Earth and Space Science Studies

The Saudi Ministry of Education has approved the teaching of earth and space sciences as part of the curricula for the secondary school system, starting the academic year 1445, corresponding to 2023-24, according to local reports. This is because the ministry aims to cultivate positive attitudes toward space science among male and female students. This will be in accordance with international best practices for academic courses, as well as recent developments and scientific and national standards in this field.

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Space Café Radio – Room with a view – with Dr Sandra Haeuplik-Meusburger

In this  Space Café Radio - SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Dr.-Ing. Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger  from TU Wien, Institute for Architecture and Design during the opening of the exhibition Room with a View in the Science Corner at the Technical Museum in Vienna in March 2023.

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Astrobotic and Westinghouse Partner to Power Outer Space

Westinghouse Electric Company and Astrobotic have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore collaboration on space technology programs for NASA and the Department of Defense. The collaboration will consequently focus on developing space nuclear technology and delivery systems. The joint effort will also include strengthening the space nuclear supply chain and workforce in the Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia regions.

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Europe’s Lunar Ambition Receives Widespread Support


A bold ambition for Europe in space exploration has received enthusiastic support from politicians, business leaders, and independent experts from across Europe at an event held today in Vienna. Delegates discussed the immense international, economic, and societal importance of space exploration for Europe – and how to establish the way forward.

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RFA Completes Full Duration Upper Stage Fire

Launch service provider Rocket Factory Augsburg AG (RFA) has successfully hot-fired its upper stage for a full duration of 280 seconds. This marks the successful completion of the Integrated System Test (IST) campaign, in which the Company integrated a staged combustion Helix engine into an upper-stage tank system and hot fired several times prior to completing the full duration in the final test. 

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Sinking Maldives looks to the stars 

Drone shot of coral

The Maldives hosted its first ever space conference last month. The Space for Island Nations Conference 2023, or ‘SINC’ for short. Of course the name ‘SINC’ was chosen with a wink. Small island nations are in trouble. As the flattest country on Earth (an average of 1.2 metres above sea level and only 0.4% of land area), the threat posed to the Maldives by climate change has been known for decades.

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