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February 2021

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NASA CEREMONY RENAMING HQ FOR MARY W. JACKSON, Feb 26, 2021, virtual, 1:00 pm ET

NASA will hold a ceremony on February 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET officially renamed the NASA HQ building after “Hidden Figures” mathematician Mary Jackson.

The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website and will livestream on the agency’s TwitterFacebook, and YouTube, as well as the NASA app.

Participants include:

  • Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk
  • Clayton Turner, NASA Langley center director (where Jackson worked)
  • Christine Darden, retired NASA engineer and “Hidden Figure,” as profiled in Shetterly’s book
  • Artist Tenbeete Solomon, also known as Trap Bob
  • Wanda Jackson, granddaughter of Mary W. Jackson

 

 

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2021 GLOBAL LUNAR RESEARCH AGENDA (Moon Dialogs), Feb 26, 2021, virtual, 3:00 pm ET

The Moon Dialogs will hold a webinar on February 26, 2021 from 3:00-4:30 pm ET on “2021 Global Lunar Research Agenda.”

More information is on the event’s website.

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U.S. SPACEWALK AT ISS, Feb 28, 2021, Earth orbit, 6:00 am ET

(NASA TV begins 4:30 am ET)

Two NASA astronauts will conduct the first of a pair of spacewalks at the International Space Station (ISS) on February 28, 2021 beginning at about 6:00 am ET. The other is on March 5.

This spacewalk will be performed by NASA’s Kate Rubins and Victor Glover.  Both have conducted two spacewalks previously.  Their task is to begin preparations for upgrades for the ISS’s solar arrays.

NASA TV coverage begins at 4:30 am ET.

 

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March 2021

NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, Mar 1-2, 2021, virtual, 10:30 am-6:00 pm ET

NASA’s Planetary Science Advisory Committee will meet virtually on March 1-2, 2021 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ET each day.

The agenda is now posted.  It shows the meeting beginning at 10:25 am ET on March 1 and 10:30 am ET on March 2, rather than 10:00 am as stated in the Federal Register.

More information and instructions on how to listen are in the Federal Register announcement, which is reproduced below.

SUMMARY:  In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a 
meeting of the Planetary Science Advisory Committee. The meeting will 
be held for the purpose of soliciting, from the scientific community 
and other persons, scientific and technical information relevant to 
program planning.

DATES: Monday, March 1, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time; 
and Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

ADDRESSES: Virtual meeting via WebEx and dial-in teleconference only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Karshelia Henderson, Science 
Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 
358-2355 or khenderson@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As noted above, this meeting will be 
available to the public telephonically and by WebEx only. The meeting 
event for attendees is:
https://nasaenterprise.webex.com/nasaenterprise/j.php?MTID=m1aafd71607930a725986be629a61990e. 
The event 
meeting number is 199 538 6929 and the password is PAC_March2021. For 
audio, when joining the Webex event, you may use your computer or 
provide your phone number to receive a call back. Otherwise, call the 
U.S. toll conference number: 1-415-527-5035 and enter the access code 
199 538 6929.
    The agenda for the meeting includes the following topics:

--Planetary Science Division Update
--Planetary Science Division Research and Analysis Program Update

    It is imperative that the meeting be held on these dates to 
accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants.
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RACE IN AMERICA – WITH FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT MAE JEMISON (W Post Live), Mar 1, 2021, virtual, 9:30 am ET

Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart will discuss Race in America with former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to fly into space, during a Washington Post Live event on March 1, 2021 at 9:30 am ET.

More information is on the event’s website.

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TWO CREW-2 PRESS CONFERENCES, Mar 1, 2021, JSC/virtual, 12:30 and 2:00 pm ET

NASA will hold two press conferences on March 1, 2021 at Johnson Space Center, TX to discuss the next SpaceX crew mission to the International Space Station, Crew-2.  Launch is currently expected on April 20, 2021.

At 12:30 pm ET, officials will provide an overview of the mission.  Participants are:

  • Kathy Lueders, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, NASA Headquarters
  • Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
  • Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station, Johnson
  • Benji Reed, senior director, Human Spaceflight Programs, SpaceX
  • Junichi Sakai, manager, International Space Station, JAXA
  • David Parker, director, Human and Robotic Exploration, ESA

At 2:00, the four astronauts — two from NASA, one from the Japan, and one from Europe — will answer questions.

  • Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, spacecraft commander, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission
  • Astronaut Megan McArthur, pilot, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission
  • Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, mission specialist, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission
  • Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, mission specialist, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission

The briefings will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

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WORKSHOP ON LUNAR MAPPING FOR PRECISION LANDING, Mar 2-4, 2021, virtual

The Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium will hold a virtual Workshop on Lunar Mapping for Precision Landing from March 2-4, 2021.

More information is on the event’s website.

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UPDATE BY YUSAKU MAEZAWA ON PLANS TO FLY ON STARSHIP AROUND THE MOON, Mar 2, 2021, details TBA

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who invites people to call him MZ, tweeted that he will provide an update on his plans to fly on a SpaceX Starship around the Moon.  He purchased a flight of Starship from Elon Musk in 2018 (then called BFR), with a plan to fly around (but not land on) the Moon in 2023.  He said he would invite artists and others to join him on the trip, which he calls Dear Moon.

In his tweet, he said the update will be on March 2, but provided no other details.  We will post them when/if they are available.

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INTERVIEW WITH ERIC BERGER RE HIS NEW BOOK–LIFTOFF: ELON MUSK AND DESPERATE EARLY DAYS THAT LAUNCHED SPACEX (Blue Willow Bks), Mar 2, 2021, virtual, 8:00 pm ET

Blue Willow Books will soon release Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days that Launched SpaceX by space journalist Eric Berger of Ars Technica.

On March 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm Central Time (8:00 pm Eastern), Berger will be interviewed by the Houston Chronicle’s Andrea Leinfelder during a free webinar.

More information and a registration link are on the event’s website.

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GEN. JAY RAYMOND, CSO, SPEAKS TO NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, Mar 3, 2021, virtual, 9:00 am ET

Gen. Jay Raymond, Chief of Space Operations and head of the U.S. Space Force, will speak at the National Press Club Newsmaker Program on March 3, 2021 at 9:00 am ET.

More information is on the event’s website.

The event will be livestreamed.

 

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PLANETARY SCIENCE AND ASTROBIOLOGY DECADAL SURVEY STEERING CMTE (Natl Acad), Mar 3, 2021, virtual, 11:00 am-5:00 pm ET

Update, Feb 27:  The agenda is now posted.  The open portion of the meeting is 12:00-2:05 pm ET.  The rest is closed.

Original Entry: The Steering Committee of the Decadal Survey on Planetary Science and Astrobiology of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will meet virtually on March 3, 2021 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm ET.

Some sessions are open and some are closed.

More information is on the committee’s website.

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FUTURE SPACE INFRASTRUCTURE WITH KATHY LUEDERS (Beyond Earth Inst), Mar 3, 2021, virtual, 2:00 pm ET

Update, Feb 27: the participant list has been updated, adding Janet Kavandi from Sierra Nevada Corp and replacing Axiom’s Attorney for Legal & Corporate Operations with its Chief Technology Officer.  The new list is as follows:

  • Kathy Lueders, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA
  • Dr. Janet L. Kavandi, Executive Vice President, Space Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation and former NASA astronaut
  • Matt OndlerChief Technology Officer, Axiom Space
  • Laura Montgomery, Adjunct Professor at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law and specialist in regulatory space law at Ground Based Space Matters

 

Original Entry: The Beyond Earth Institute will hold a webinar on March 3, 2021 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET on Future Space Infrastructure.  The featured guest is Kathy Lueders, NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations.

Participants are:

Kathy Lueders, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations, NASA

Megan Sieffert, C&O Attorney, Legal & Corporate Operations, Axiom Space

Laura Montgomery, Adjunct Professor at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law and specialist in regulatory space law at Ground Based Space Matters

 

More information and a registration link are on the event’s website.

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INTERVIEW WITH INSPIRATION4’S JARED ISAACMAN (Space Force Assn), Mar 3, 2021, virtual, 2:50 pm ET

The Space Force Association will interview Jared Isaacman, the billionaire funding and commanding the Inspiration4 mission on a SpaceX Crew Dragon later this year, on March 3, 2021 at 12:50 pm Mountain Time (2:50 pm Eastern).

More information, including a registration link, is on the event’s website.

The event will be livestreamed.

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SASC HRG ON NOM OF COLIN H. KAHL TO BE UNDER SEC OF DEF FOR POLICY, Mar 4, 2021, DC, 9:30 am ET

(webcast)

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) will hold a hearing on March 4, 2021 at 9:30 am ET in 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building on the nomination of Colin Kahl to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

The hearing will be webcast on the committee’s website.  The Capitol Complex remains closed to the public due to COVID-19.

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PRESIDENT BIDEN CONGRATULATES JPL PERSEVERANCE TEAM, Mar 4, 2021, virtual, 5:00 pm ET

On March 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET, President Biden will speak virtually with the Mars Perseverance team at the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena, CA to congratulate them on the successful landing on Mars.

No announcement of coverage has been made, but hopefully it will be carried on C-SPAN and other national outlets.

 

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FUTURE OF U.S.-JAPAN COLLABORATION IN THE SPACE BUSINESS INDUSTRY (JAXA et al), Mar 4, 2021, virtual, 7:00-9:00 pm ET

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), NASA Ames Research Center, and X-Nihonbashi will hold a webinar on March 4, 2021 from 7:00 -9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (March 5, 2021, 9:00-11:00 am in Japan) to discuss “Future of U.S. Japan Collaboration in the Space Business Industry.”

The event will be in English with Japanese simultaneous translation available.

More information and a registration link are on the event’s website, which says:

In 2021, JAXA and X-Nihonbashi will implement “X-NIHONBASHI Global Hub’21” which is a business matching program between Japan and the U.S. aiming to promote collaboration between Japanese and U.S. companies in the space domain, as well as entry from non-space domains. JAXA and X-Nihonbashi will be doing so in cooperation with NASA Ames Research Center.

For this program, we are planning a series of events throughout the year.
The first event, which will be the kick-off event, will have “The Future of US-Japan Collaboration in the Space Business Industry” as it’s main theme.

There will be an input session by a Japanese global analyst on the current status of the U.S. and Japanese markets regarding the space business and the importance of global partnerships.
In addition, a panel discussion will be held with NASA, JAXA, and Japanese and U.S. space related companies who all have extensive international experience to discuss the successes and challenges of U.S.-Japan partnerships on the topic of overseas business development, including some points that they learned in the process of concluding deals.

 

Program Agenda:

Navigator: Mr. Motohide Shiga | Head of Industrial Relations/Adviser to the Director, JAXA Business Development and Industrial Relations Department

(1) Introduction
Opening Remarks
Dr. Eugene Tu | Center Director, NASA Ames
Ms. Kyoko Dateki | Director, JAXA Business Development and Industrial Relations Department
Mr. Takashi Watanabe | Project leader, Mitsui Fudosan Nihonbashi Urban Planning and Development Department

(2) Input Session
「Current Status and Analysis of Space Business, Importance of Global Partnerships」
Mr. Shogo Yakame | Consultant, Nomura Research Institute

(3) Panel Discussion
「Presentation and panel discussion on issues and expectations for U.S.-Japan collaboration」
< Panelist>
Moderator: Mr. Masashi Sato | Co-Founder, COO & Director, SPACETIDE Foundation
Mr. Terry Pagaduan | Business Development Lead, NASA Ames
Mr. Shinichi Takata | J-SPARC Producer, JAXA Business Development and Industrial Relations Department
Mr. Michael Fletcher | President, MJF Consulting
Mr. Masa Nagasaki | Co-Founder & CEO, Space BD Inc.
Mr. Mike Kim|Head of APAC & General Manager Japan, Orbital Insight

(4) Closing Session
Mr. Motohide Shiga | Head of Industrial Relations/Adviser to the Director, JAXA Business Development and Industrial Relations Department

 

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U.S. SPACEWALK AT ISS, Mar 5, 2021, Earth orbit, 7:00 am ET

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi will conduct the second of a pair of spacewalks at the International Space Station on March 5, 2021 beginning at 7:00 am ET.  The first is on February 28.

Rubins will have conducted three prior spacewalks  by then (including the one on February 28 when she is paired with NASA astronaut Victor Glover).  This will be Noguichi’s fourth.

Their task is to vent ammonia from the Early Ammonia System,  install a “stiffener” on the Quest airlock thermal cover to prevent it from blowing out when residual atmosphere escapes as the hatch is opened, and remove and replace a wireless video transceiver assembly.

NASA TV coverage begins at 5:30 am ET.

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CYBER SECURITY REGULATIONS AND SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, Mar 5, 2021, virtual, 9:00 am ET

Update, March 1, 2021:  The organizers have clarified the time for the event.  It is indeed 3:00-4:00 pm Central European Time (CET).  The website also now shows 14:00-15:00 WET, an abbreviation for Western European Time, one of the three time zones used by the European Union (WET, CET, and Eastern European Time) and corresponds to GMT.  Converted to Eastern Standard Time, the webinar is at 9:00-10:00 am.

 

Original Entry: The European Space Agency (ESA), Thales Alenia Space, Vieira de Almeida (VdA), Tekever Space and Thales will hold a webinar on March 5, 2021 on Cyber Security Regulations and Satellite Communication Systems: An Analysis of Applicability and Impact – Report on ESA ARTES CYBERSAT Study.

The event’s agenda shows the time as 3:00-4:00 pm (15:00-16:00) without specifying the time zone and the top of the website shows 3:00-4:00 pm CET (Central European Time). But it also says 14:00 and then 14:00-15:00 PT. PT is an abbreviation for Pacific Time, which is CET-9 hours, so that cannot be correct. We are assuming it is 3:00-4:00 pm CET, which is 9:00-10:00 am Eastern Standard Time. Check the event’s website for any clarification the sponsors may provide. [We suspect they mean 14:00-15:00 GMT.]

More information is on the event’s website, which says:

The Webinar will provide an overview of the results of a study that was undertaken by Thales Alenia Space, Vieira de Almeida, Tekever Space and Thales on cybersecurity on satcom networks. This study was performed as part of the ARTES Future Preparation programme of the European Space Agency.

Cybersecurity is a topic of increasing importance and recent regulatory changes directly impact the space sector. The Webinar will address the EU legal and regulatory approach to cybersecurity on satcom networks, as well as the potential impact of cybersecurity regulations on satcom networks and services.

The event will be broadcasted by Zoom.

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TEAR DOWN THE WALL (Space Court Foundation), Mar 5, 2021, virtual, 11:00 am ET

The Space Court Foundation will hold a webinar on March 5, 2021 at 11:00 am ET entitled “Tear Down the Wall.”  Its theme is breaking the silos that divide the global space community.

Participants are:

• Moderator:

Theresa Hitchens | Breaking Defense

• Experts

Andre Rypl | Brazilian Mission to the UN Organizations in Vienna

Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan | Observer Research Foundation

Dr. Peter Martinez | Secure World Foundation

Mari Eldholm | Norsk Industriforum for Romvirksomhet (Norwegian Industrial Forum for Space Activities, NIFRO)

Daniel Porras | Secure World Foundation – UNIDIR

 

More information and registration instructions are on the event’s website.

 

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NASA UPDATE ON MARS PERSEVERANCE ‘FIRSTS”, Mar 5, 2021, virtual, 3:30 pm ET

NASA will hold a media teleconference on March 5, 2021 at 3:30 pm ET from the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA to discuss the “firsts” achieved so far with the Mars Perseverance rover.

The teleconference will air on JPL’s YouTube channel.

Participants are:

  • Robert Hogg, Perseverance deputy mission manager, JPL
  • Anais Zarifian, Perseverance mobility test bed engineer, JPL
  • Katie Stack Morgan, Perseverance deputy project scientist, JPL
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