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Ispace raises €39 million to invest in lunar missions 2 and 3

Ispace raised nearly €39 million in a Series C funding round, with Incubate Fund as the lead investor, the Japanese startup said. The new round brings ispace’s cumulative total funding to approximately €84.5 million, ispace said, including past Series B, Series A and seed investment, as well as its existing and new bank loan financing announced in June 2021.

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Register Today For Our Space Café “33 minutes with Antonino Salmeri” On 17 August 2021

This Space Café WebTalk will feature Antonino Salmeri, Doctoral Researcher in Space Law at the University of Luxembourg, in conversation with Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global. "My Journey from Sicily to the Moon through Space Law" Antonino Salmeri is an Italian attorney at law and a PhD candidate (under the supervision of Professor Mahulena Hofmann)

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Astronomers uncover evidence of water at Jupiter’s Ganymede

Previously, research has suggested the presence of molecular oxygen (O2) after auroral bands were discovered in the ultraviolet (UV) images produced by the Hubble Space Telescope. However, when comparing these to recent datasets, astronomers have discovered that there was almost no O2 in the atmosphere in 2018 implying another reason for the charged particle bands.

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SpaceX wins $178 million NASA contract for Europa Clipper mission

NASA has selected SpaceX for launching its first mission to explore one of Jupiter’s 79 moons, Europa, with a total contract award amount of $178 million, NASA said. The Europa Clipper mission will launch an orbiter around the gas giant in October 2024, from the Kennedy Space Centre’s Launch Complex 39A on a Falcon Heavy rocket.

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The Space Cafe Podcast #32: Jacques Arnould, a tricky question for the entire space industry

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 32nd episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Jacques Arnould, a tricky question for the entire space industry. Episode 032 features a special guest Jacques Arnould. Jacques Arnould is paid to ask uncomfortable questions. As an ethicist at the French space agency CNES

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: From ISS Control Room to a lunar fly-by: Matej Poliacek’s dearMoon journey

After months of silence, last Friday saw an update on the dearMoon selection. Yusaku Maezawa, the Japanese billionaire who purchased a SpaceX Starship flight around the Moon, currently scheduled for 2023, has shared an applicant sneak peek on his YouTube channel. According to the description, the video does not indicate who will be in the final crew.

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