National Academies: Planetary Protection Constraints on Robotic Mars Exploration Can Be Relaxed

National Academies: Planetary Protection Constraints on Robotic Mars Exploration Can Be Relaxed

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has issued another in a series of reports reassessing what restrictions are needed to preserve the chance of unambiguously determining if indigenous life exists or existed on Mars. As more countries and companies want to explore the planet, and knowledge grows about the most likely places to look for life on Mars, scientists are being asked if planetary protection guidelines can be relaxed. This report says yes, in some cases at least.

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NASA Expresses Confidence in Boeing’s Starliner as it Reassigns Crews to SpaceX

NASA Expresses Confidence in Boeing’s Starliner as it Reassigns Crews to SpaceX

NASA is reassigning two astronauts scheduled to fly on Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft to a SpaceX Crew Dragon mission instead. Starliner’s debut is delayed indefinitely as the company troubleshoots a valve issue that arose just hours before an uncrewed test flight in August. NASA said it still has confidence in Boeing, but it was time for the two rookies, Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, to get some spaceflight experience and Starliner will not be launching anytime soon. A decision on whether to reassign another rookie, Jeanette Epps, is pending.

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Russians Give New Meaning to Shooting on Location

Russians Give New Meaning to Shooting on Location

A Russian space crew is giving new meaning to shooting a film on location. Actress Yulia Peresild and film director Klim Shipenko are on board the International Space Station in Earth orbit today beginning a 12-day shoot for their movie The Challenge. A professional cosmonaut was at the controls during launch and docking, but the film crew is grabbing all the headlines.

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Another Actor Heads to Space — This Time It’s Captain Kirk

Another Actor Heads to Space — This Time It’s Captain Kirk

Russia is in the news right now because it is sending an actress to the International Space Station tomorrow to shoot scenes for an upcoming Russian movie, but another actor is headed to space, too. Blue Origin announced today that William Shatner, the iconic Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series, will finally make it to space later this month.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy October 3-10, 2021

What’s Happening in Space Policy October 3-10, 2021

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week plus a day of October 3-10, 2021 and any insight we can offer about them. The Senate is in session this week. The House is in a “committee work week” mode where committees meet but the House has only pro forma sessions through October 19.

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President Signs CR — Keeps Government Operating and Funds Disaster Relief

President Signs CR — Keeps Government Operating and Funds Disaster Relief

President Biden signed the FY2022 Continuing Resolution (CR) into law this evening after passage by the Senate and House earlier today, the last day of FY2021. The bill not only keeps the government operating through December 3, but funds disaster relief including money for NASA to recover from two hurricanes.

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Blue Origin Under Fire

Blue Origin Under Fire

Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin finds itself under fire this week both from within and without. An essay penned by 21 current and former employees accuses the firm of being “stuck in a toxic past” while NASA documents blast the company’s bid for the Artemis Human Landing System.

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FAA Completes Investigation, Virgin Galactic Cleared to Fly

FAA Completes Investigation, Virgin Galactic Cleared to Fly

The FAA has completed its investigation of Virgin Galactic’s flight route deviation during the July mission that took Richard Branson and five company employees to space. The company made required changes and is now cleared to resume flights.

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Today’s Tidbits: September 28, 2021

Today’s Tidbits: September 28, 2021

Here are SpacePolicyOnline.com’s tidbits for September 28, 2021: CR update, VP Harris hails Landsat 9 launch, UK vows to become Galactic Britain in new space strategy. Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live tweeting of events.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy September 26-October 2, 2021

What’s Happening in Space Policy September 26-October 2, 2021

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of September 26-October 2, 2021 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.

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