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James Webb telescope on track for launch in October

Luxembourg, 3 March 2021. – This will be a real SpaceWatcher: NASA completed the final functional tests for the launch of the giant James Webb space telescope in October. James Webb completed its final functional performance tests at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California, NASA said. “Testing teams successfully completed …

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NASA lands Perseverance rover robot on the Red Planet

Luxembourg, 19 February 2021. – They did it! The “largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world”, Perseverance, touched down on Mars yesterday, after a 203-day journey traversing nearly half a billion kilometers, NASA said. The successful touchdown was confirmed by the mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in …

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NASA’s Perseverance nears Mars while UAE sends first photo

Luxembourg, 16 February 2021. – Getting closer: While NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is nearing the Red Planet, the United Arab Emirate’s Hope mission sent a first picture. Perseverance’s touchdown on Mars is scheduled for Thursday, 18 February, the U.S. space agency said. NASA will provide live coverage of the landing …

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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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Three missions to reach Mars, fourth one planned for 2026

Paris, 9 February 2021. – Who’s first: Three Mars missions, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), China and the U.S., are to reach the Red Planet in the next days. The UAE’s Hope orbiter is set to arrive today, followed by China’s Tianwen-1 mission and NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance next …

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JAXA and ESA cooperate on Hera and MMX missions

Paris, 8 February 2021. – Two agencies, two missions: The European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan’s space agency JAXA continue their cooperation in Earth observation, space science and exploration and put a new focus on two missions: Hera and MMX. Hera is an international asteroid and planetary defence mission which …

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Firefly to put ten NASA science payloads on the Moon

Paris, 5 February 2021. – Ten payloads to study the Moon: The U.S. space agency NASA has awarded the US-Ukrainian Firefly Aerospace a $93.3 million contract to deliver ten science investigations and technology demonstrations to the Moon in 2023, NASA said. The delivery of ten different payloads, weighing altogether nearly …

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