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Registration open for Women in Space Exploration series | Hawaii Tribune-Herald

registration open for women in space exploration series | hawaii tribune-herald

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Explore the world of human and robotic space exploration with leading female scientists, engineers and explorers during the Women in Space Exploration Talk Series at Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems.
The series is planned daily from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 5-10 and will include discussions, Q&A sessions and presentations by leading women in space exploration missions and research.

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The event is free and open to the public. Young women, those 25 and younger, will get priority during the question-and-answer sessions.
Where could humans survive and thrive beyond Earth?
Is there or was there once life on other planets in our solar system?
What’s the next Mars rover sending back to Earth?

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Find out the answers to these questions and more during this series of virtual programming.
To register for the series, visit http://pacificspacecenter.com/wisetalks/.

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NASA is filming an Estée Lauder ad on the International Space Station

nasa is filming an estée lauder ad on the international space station

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Estée Lauder teams up with NASA to shoot a commercial aboard the International Space Station that will debut its new skincare serumBottles of a new Estée Lauder skincare serum will arrive on the ISS this monthNASA astronauts will film the items in microgravity for an ad campaignThe astronauts are not allowed to appear in the spot itselfNASA allocated 5 percent of the ISS’s annual payload to commercial activities Possible projects include an Adidas partnerships and a reality show winner on the station in 2030By Dan Avery For Dailymail.com Published: 18:53 EDT, 17 September 2020 | Updated: 18:54 EDT, 17 September 2020 As private companies move into the spaceship business, NASA is gearing up to film its first commercial ad campaign on the International Space Station.Up to ten bottles of a new Estée Lauder skincare serum will arrive at the space station later this month.NASA astronauts are expected to film them in the station’s microgravity environment, with the makeup company using footage in advertising campaigns.The product is a new version of Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair skin serum, CNN reports, expected to launch aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft along with 8,000 more pounds of cargo.Agency policy prohibits astronauts from actually appearing in any ads …

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‘Kerbal Space Program’ celebrates 9th anniversary with Enhanced Edition launch for Xbox One, Playstation 4

‘kerbal space program’ celebrates 9th anniversary with enhanced edition launch for xbox one, playstation 4

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[embedded content]Calling all Kerbonauts! New adventures await you on gaming consoles.The physics-based space simulator “Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition Complete” is celebrating its ninth anniversary with digital launches for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, developers Private Division and Squad announced Wednesday (Sept. 16). American players can pick up the game bundle for $39.99 in PlayStation Store or the Microsoft Store; check your country’s store for pricing and availability.”Kerbal Space Program” is often praised for its realism in depicting the space environment, such as asking players to take orbits into account when planning routes from one planet to another. A new YouTube video celebrating the anniversary says the game attracted more than 450,000 players in June 2020, and nearly 142 million vessels have launched in the space game since its foundation. The game recently launched its “Shared Horizons” expansion, which adds real-life missions by the European Space Agency to its gameplay.The “enhanced” edition of Kerbal will give many hours of space exploration to fans old and new, including “Kerbal Space Program” and two previously published console expansions, “History and Parts Pack” with historical events and hardware and “Breaking Ground” with robotic parts, bundled at a discount.”You have access to an array of …

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A reality TV show wants to send its winning contestant to the International Space Station in 2023

a reality tv show wants to send its winning contestant to the international space station in 2023

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NASA astronaut Scott Tingle is pictured during a spacewalk in January 2018.NASAA U.S. television production company called Space Hero announced on Thursday that it plans send the winning contestant of a reality TV show on a 10 day trip to the International Space Station.The show is being produced by Propagate, a venture run by Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens, known for making U.S. adaptations of British shows like “The Office” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”  The mission is scheduled for 2023 and Space Hero is working with Houston-based start-up Axiom Space to train the crew and manage the mission, as the winning candidate of the show will receive full training for the trip to the ISS and back.”The series will search the entire globe for an everyday citizen with a deep love for space exploration. Space Hero will provide an opportunity for anyone from any background to become the first globally-elected space explorer to take part in a mission to the International Space Station,” the company said in a news release.Deadline first reported the company’s announcement. While that report said the winner would fly on a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, Axiom told CNBC that …

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The Language of Space Exploration Is Stuck in the 1800s

the language of space exploration is stuck in the 1800s

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American presidents, when they talk about the country’s space program, often reach for grandiose terms. John F. Kennedy spoke of setting sail on a new sea, and Lyndon B. Johnson of “space pioneers” bound for a “glorious New World.” George H. W. Bush likened space missions to Christopher Columbus’s voyage across the Atlantic, and George W. Bush harkened back to the expedition of Lewis and Clark. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama talked of exploring the next frontier.Donald Trump, too, has picked up this theme of American expansionism, and pushed it even further. “In reaffirming our heritage as a free nation, we must remember that America has always been a frontier nation. Now we must embrace the next frontier: America’s manifest destiny in the stars,” Trump said earlier this year, during his State of the Union address. This summer, after the first American astronauts to fly on a SpaceX capsule launched to the International Space Station, the White House’s Twitter account cheered Americans as those “who pursued our Manifest Destiny”—capital M, capital D—“into the stars.”In mentioning manifest destiny, Trump has resurrected an idea most commonly found in history books. This was the philosophy …

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Russia’s space agency chief declares Venus a “Russian planet”

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Moscow — If there is life on Venus, it might want to start learning Russian. The boss of Russia’s government space agency has claimed it as a “Russian planet.” The bold territorial claim comes on the heels of scientific research suggesting life could exist on Earth’s celestial neighbor, the second planet from the sun. Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin, who’s known for espousing unconventional scientific views — and for frequently sarcastic anti-Western rhetoric — said this week that Russia wants to send its own mission to Venus, in addition to an already-proposed joint venture with the United States called “Venera-D.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and state space corporation Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin (L) listen to Director of Russian rocket engine manufacturer NPO Energomash Igor Arbuzov in Khimki, outside Moscow April 12, 2019. 

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“We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” Rogozin, a former deputy prime minister, told reporters on Tuesday. He noted that the Soviet Union was “the first and the only one” to land a spacecraft on Venus.

“The spacecraft gathered information about the planet — it is like hell over there,” he said in remarks quoted by the Tass news agency.

Discovery of potential sign …

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Space communication: developing a one photon-per-bit receiver using near-noiseless phase-sensitive amplification

space communication: developing a one photon-per-bit receiver using near-noiseless phase-sensitive amplification

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Conceptual diagram of a free-space communication link with a PSA pre-amplified coherent receiver. S signal; P pump, I Idler, PLL phase-locked-loop, PSA phase-sensitive amplifier. Credit: Light Science & Applications, doi: 10.1038/s41377-020-00389-2

During space-communication researchers require high-space intersatellite data transfer connectivity for deep-space missions while monitoring Earth. The technology is fundamentally influenced by available transmission power and the aperture size of receiver sensitivity. The transition from radio-frequency links to optical links is now under consideration due to its ability to significantly reduce the channel loss caused by diffraction during communication. In a widely used approach, researchers can develop power-efficient formats along with nanowire-based photon-counting receivers cooled to a few Kelvins to function at speeds below 1-Gigabytes per second (Gb/s). In order to achieve data transfer at data rates of multi-GB/s (as expected for future space applications) the systems will have to rely on pre-amplified receivers together with advanced signal generation and processing techniques, including fibre communications.

The sensitivity of such systems can be determined by the noise figure (NF—that measures the degradation of noise-to-signal ratio) of the pre-amplifier. Phase-sensitive optical amplifiers (PSA) promise to provide the best possible sensitivity for long-haul free-space links. In a new …

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What Joe Biden could mean for US space policy

what joe biden could mean for us space policy

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Election day in the US is just seven weeks away. Space is not the top issue! Still, changes at the White House are the rare moments that can shift the slow-grinding gears of the US space program. Quartz spoke to Casey Dreier, the senior space policy adviser at the Planetary Foundation, about what’s on the horizon for US space policy.How should people who care about space evaluate presidential campaigns?Space has rarely been a presidential issue during a campaign… that space is not a partisan issue is a good thing. It can make it hard to say what president would be better for space. The question is, how much of a difference would you see in a Trump and Biden administration?I don’t think necessarily in broad strokes you would see a huge change. Look at the Democratic Party Platform—a relatively robust embrace of human exploration of the moon and Mars, endorsing the idea of sending humans into deep space. Beyond that, we are in speculative territory.What are the big space questions the president will face in 2021?We are actually coming out of a huge transition period in NASA’s history after the retirement of …

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Eric Stallmer Joins Voyager Space Holdings, Inc. as Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy

eric stallmer joins voyager space holdings, inc. as executive vice president of government affairs and public policy

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Voyager Space Holdings, Inc. (Voyager), a global leader in space exploration, today announced the appointment of Eric Stallmer as executive vice president of government affairs and public policy. Stallmer will lead Voyager’s Washington D.C. office and will be responsible for representing the interests of Voyager to key government institutions including Congress, the White House and the many federal agencies that impact the success of Voyager and its subsidiaries.
The global space industry and subsequent interest in space exploration has grown rapidly in recent years, sparking innovation and partnerships amongst commercial space startups and incumbents. Washington D.C. has become a critical area of growth for many of these companies — Stallmer’s new role in D.C. will be crucial to establishing and fostering continued partnership between the public and private sectors impacting Voyager’s growing commercial space capability. 
“As our organization continues its rapid growth, it’s important that we help provide leadership in the commercial sector and provide our perspective from a regulatory standpoint,” said Dylan Taylor, CEO and chairman of Voyager. “Eric’s stellar reputation precedes him, and we are eager to have him join our team to not only represent us in Washington, but to …

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Space: It’s cold. It’s boring. It’s not our concern.

space: it’s cold. it’s boring. it’s not our concern.

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September 17, 2020

The news that some rank gas on Venus is a strong (though not conclusive) indicator of microbial life outside our planet has been greeted with much enthusiasm. The truth, perhaps, is really out there, albeit far smaller and less intelligent than X-Files promised.
It is also, I suggest, none of our business. The contents of the cold, empty darkness beyond Earth’s orbit are not really our concern. Space is not for humans, and we should leave it alone.
The physical attributes of space make this obvious. Other planets, various nonplanetary bodies, and the void of space itself are not suited to human life. It is not our home, nor will it ever be absent massive terraforming projects, which could well prove impossible or even disastrous. What is terraforming, after all, if not deliberate climate change on an unprecedented scale? Or what grim consequences could we suffer if we take our worldly conflicts to space or bring back some extraterrestrial invasive species? These questions are better left unanswered. Outer space is utterly unhospitable to us, and we should take the hint.

Ah, space lovers may protest, but space exploration is a source of many benefits to humanity. Is it, though? …

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