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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: China extends terrestrial rivalries into orbit with new space race

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “China extends terrestrial rivalries into orbit with new space race”, originally published 23 August 2019 at The Nikkei Asian Review. On Friday (23 August 2019), …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: The Dark Side of Moon Exploration by Jessica West

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Jessica West/Opencanada.org, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “The dark side of moon exploration”, originally published 22 August 2019. Landing on the moon 50 years ago was a major achievement. But, as Jessica West writes, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: No Tardigrades Here by Laura Montgomery

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Laura Montgomery, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “No Tardigrades Here”, originally published 22 August 2019. No, a tardigrade is not what you get when you’re late to class.  It’s a microbial “water bear.”  It’s …

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ESA Searches for Ideas on Exploration of Lunar Caves

The European Space Agency (ESA) is asking for ideas on how to explore lunar caves. While the surface of the Moon has been well-documented with cameras onboard several satellite missions, relatively little is known about the presence and nature of subsurface cavities. In volcanic areas of the lunar maria, planetary …

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Astrobotic Selects United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur Rocket to Launch its First Mission to the Moon

Astrobotic has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket in a competitive commercial procurement to launch its Peregrine lunar lander to the Moon in 2021. “We are so excited to sign with ULA and fly Peregrine on Vulcan Centaur. This contract with ULA was the result of a highly …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: How India is catching up with China with the launch of Chandrayaan-2

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “How India is catching up with China with the launch of Chandrayaan-2”, originally published 22 July 2019. On the day of India’s Chandrayaan 2 mission, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Themes: ESPI Executive Summary – Commercial Space Exploration

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Executive Brief “Commercial Space Exploration”, originally published in July 2019. Please read here an excerpt: Toward a Paradigm Shift? Despite multiple attempts to foster …

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ispace Selected by European Space Agency to Support Lunar Mission

ESA PROSPECT Project

ispace Europe has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to be part of the Science Team for PROSPECT, a programme which seeks to extract water on the Moon. PROSPECT — which stands for Package for Resource Observation and in-Situ Prospecting for Exploration, Commercial exploitation and Transportation — is a payload package being developed by ESA …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Krystal Wilson of Secure World Foundation about Summit for Space Sustainability

Last March, Secure World Foundation was pleased to announce the inaugural Summit for Space Sustainability, to be held in Washington, DC on June 25-26, 2019. Our creation of the Summit was driven by the rapid growth in both the number and diversity of space actors, the emergence of new kinds …

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