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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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Astroscale U.S. Appoints Lewis as Senior VP of Policy and General Counsel

Janna Lewis

Astroscale U.S. Inc. has announced the appointment of Janna Lewis as Senior Vice President of Policy and General Counsel, effective immediately. Based in Washington D.C., Lewis will consequently provide strategic legal and policy direction to facilitate Astroscale U.S.’s growth and ensure compliance with evolving regulations. She will guide the company in the areas of corporate law and governance, contracts, intellectual property and domestic policy, and she will serve on the Astroscale U.S. Board of Directors as Secretary.

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Blue Origin Successfully Completes NS-25 Mission to Space

Blue Origin NS-25 Crew

Blue Origin has successfully completed its seventh human spaceflight and the 25th flight for the New Shepard program, launching its NS-25 Crew from Launch Site One in West Texas. The mission capsule reached a maximum altitude of around 105 km where the Astronauts got to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and the Earth's curvature. The launch marked Blue Origin's first space launch since August 2022.

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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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Starliner Now Targeting May 21 Launch After Helium Leak

Boeing has announced another postponement of its Starliner mission until at least May 21 as it addresses a small helium leak in the Starliner spacecraft itself. NASA and Boeing had earlier postponed the mission's launch to May 17 following a data review which saw United Launch Alliance (ULA) decide to replace a pressure regulation valve on the Atlas V rocket’s Centaur upper stage.

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