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Space Exploration

Sierra Space and Blue Origin’s Orbital Reef passes System Definition Review

Orbital Reef, Sierra Space and Blue Origin’s upcoming commercial space station, has successfully completed its System Definition Review (SDR) with NASA. The SDR is key to establishing the functional baseline for the commercially developed, owned and operated low-Earth orbit (LEO) Orbital Reef.

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Space Café Radio – on tour in Bonn- with Craig Donlon

In this Space Café Radio – SpaceWatch.Global Event coordinator and Space Café Young Global Talents Host Chiara Moenter spoke with Craig Donlon, principal scientist for oceans and ice at the European Space Agency (ESA), at the Living Planet Symposium in Bonn. This symposium is the world’s largest Earth Observation conference.

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NASA identifies possible lunar landing regions for Artemis III

NASA has identified 13 candidate landing regions, each containing multiple potential landing sites for the upcoming 6.5-day Artemis III mission, within six degrees of latitude of the lunar South Pole, the Agency said. Artemis III will be the first mission to land astronauts on the lunar surface, including the first woman to visit the Moon.

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Momentus signs hosted payload service agreement with LuxSpace

U.S.-based commercial space company planning to offer in-space infrastructure services, Momentus, signed a service agreement with Luxembourg-based small satellites and space-based applications and services provider, LuxSpace, Momentus said. Hosted payloads are a foundational in-space infrastructure service enabling

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Vector Space Biosciences announces new platform to counteract stressors during spaceflight

Vector Space Biosciences has developed a platform of computational solutions designed to accelerate the development of countermeasures against diseases associated with stressors during spaceflight, such as microgravity and radiation, to protect and repair the human body when on a lunar base or a mission to Mars, the company said.

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Artemis 1 is to launch with several payloads at the end of the month

NASA has rolled out its Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft for the third time to the launch pad to launch the 42-day Artemis 1 mission by early next month. The Agency has started prelaunch preparations, including checking connections, servicing the solid rocket boosters, and program-specific engineering tests.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: ISU SSP22 Special – It’s Rocket Science, but not as we know it !

The above, mischievous words, “There is life on Mars: we put it there”, are on the part of the renowned NASA Astrobiologist and member of ISU’s faculty, Dr. Chris McKay.  The reality is that we humans, via our early – and unsterile -- Martian landers have already contaminated the Red Planet.  Yes, we have; yes, we have! 

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