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Space Café Recap “Moriba’s Vox Populi 03” on religion, ethics and space

In this session of Space Cafè “Moriba’s Vox Populi #03” Dr. Moriba Jah talked about religion, ethics and space, and sustainability with Brother Guy Consolmagno – Director, The Vatican Observatory. (Catholic perspective), Harel Ben-Ami – Delegate, Israel Space Agency to the United Nations. (Jewish perspective), Ari Leon – Senior Project …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Insights into Space law in China

by Jan Helge Mey L.LM. (McGill) and Dr. Ingo Baumann, BHO Legal, Germany While the space activities of China continue to advance in breadth and depth, rather little is known about the legal and regulatory framework within the country. It is difficult to find online sources and most texts are …

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Space Café Brazil Recap: Prof. Dr. Olavo de O. Bittencourt Neto of the Catholic University of Santos

In this week’s Space Café Brazil, Prof. Dr. Olavo de O. Bittencourt Neto, of the Catholic University of Santos, Brazil, talked about the space race’s history and the beginning of the golden era of the United Nations treaties on outer space. He also talked about the role of international space …

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European orbiters support NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Countdown on the Red Planet: the landing of NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance will be supported by ESA, the European Space Agency said. NASA’s Mars rover is due to land on 18 February. In order to communicate with the Earth, the rover will use existing spacecraft …

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OQ takes lead in European 5G nanosat mission

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Hard- and software: OQ Technology, a satellite start-up from Luxembourg, was contracted by the European Space Agency (ESA) to contribute hard- and software to the nanosat mission MACSAT. OQ Technology said it signed a 2 million Euro contract with the ESA in the frame of …

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NASA to launch its Jupiter Europa Clipper not on SLS

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Shift to commercial: the U.S. space agency NASA decided to launch its Europa Clipper spacecraft to the Jupiter moon not on its own, government-funded Space Launch System (SLS) but on a commercial vehicle, the project team told the press and the public at a NASA …

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Turkey wants to go to the Moon in 2023 and 2028

Paris, 11 February 2021. – Turkey wants to go to the Moon in 2023. “The national space program will carry our country to an upper league in the global space race,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said according to a report of the Anadolu news agency. Erdogan presented a program that …

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Rocket Lab brings its 100th satellite into space

Paris, 10 February 2021. – They Go Up So Fast, that’s how it’s called: Rocket Lab’s next mission in mid-March will bring the total number of satellites launched by Electron to 104, the launch provider said. Its mission will deploy a range of satellites for commercial and government operators and …

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NASA contracts SpaceX to launch first lunar outpost elements

Paris, 10 February 2021. – The U.S. space agency NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for two foundational elements of its lunar outpost Gateway, NASA announced. SpaceX will launch the agency’s Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO). PPE and HALO are targeted to launch …

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