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NASA updates protection policies for Moon-to-Mars missions

NASA has released two NASA Interim Directives (NIDs) updating the agency’s requirements for robotic and human missions traveling to the Earth’s Moon, and human missions traveling to Mars. The first, NID 8715.128, addresses the control of forward terrestrial biological contamination associated with all NASA and NASA-affiliated missions intended to land, orbit, or otherwise encounter the Moon.

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NASA Completes Psyche Satellite Design, Moves to Hardware Development

Psyche, the NASA mission to explore a metal-rock asteroid of the same name, recently passed a crucial milestone that brings it closer to its August 2022 launch date. Now the mission is moving from planning and designing to high-gear manufacturing of the spacecraft hardware that will fly to its target in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: ESPI Report: COVID-19 and the European Space Sector

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is the conclusion of ESPI Special Report: ‘COVID-19 and the European Space Sector’, originally published in July 2020.

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Tony King-Smith of AImotive on applying self-driving car tech to space systems

Recently we announced here that AImotive, an automotive supplier of automated driving technologies, and C3S, the satellite and space technology provider, will collaborate on a prototype hardware platform for the efficient execution of artificial intelligence (AI) onboard satellites.

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