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Canada developing lunar rover and science payloads

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WASHINGTON — The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is moving ahead on efforts to develop lunar science payloads and a small rover that could fly to the moon on a NASA-sponsored lander mission.
The CSA announced Nov. 27 it awarded six contracts with a total value of $2.9 million Canadian ($2.2 million) to five companies and universities for initial “Phase 0” studies of lunar science instruments. The instruments range from spectrometers and particle telescopes to an “agriculture feasibility” payload.
The contracts, with individual values ranging between $300,000 and $600,000, are intended to study the feasibility of the proposed instruments and how they will support lunar science. The contracts are expected to last for up to nine months.
The contracts are part of CSA’s Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP), an initiative that the Canadian government unveiled in February 2019 at the same time as it announced it would provide a robotic arm for the NASA-led lunar Gateway. The program, with a planned budget of $150 million over five years, is intended to support a wide range of science and technology initiatives associated with lunar exploration.
In addition to the science awards, CSA issued contracts worth $3.3 million Oct. 29 to two companies, Canadensys Aerospace Corporation and NGC Aerospace Ltd., for development of …

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Cooperation, Not Competition in Space

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Today’s International Space Station (ISS) is a greater achievement in space than the Moon landings a half-century ago. Competition and fear fueled the space race to the Moon; cooperation created the ISS. The United States will achieve future greatness in space through cooperation.

The 2020 Defense Space Strategy (DSS) calls for the U.S. to advance space power in order to compete, deter, and win any conflicts that extend into the space domain. Though at the moment the U.S. is not seeking to weaponize space, the aggressive language and tone of the DSS sends adversaries, like China and Russia, a different message. To prevent avoidable conflicts in space, the U.S. needs to adjust both language and tone in the DSS from one of hostility to cooperation.
Now is the time for a new wave of international space cooperation. Our strategy should be a framework for space operations based on the principles of security, stability, and accessibility.
Changing the DSS from antagonism to cooperation will prevent unnecessary fear and competition and prevent a space arms race. Adversaries like China and Russia see the use of strong language as a provocation. Authoritarian governments will see language calling for “space superiority” …

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NASA Astronaut Discusses the Future of Commercial Space Missions

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NEW YORK – NASA and SPACE-X are collaborating tomorrow to launch a commercial crew program considered to be the start of a new era of space exploration.This will be the first fully crewed and operational commercial mission to the international space station.
We spoke with Nicole Jordan, the manager of the mission and Loral O’Hara, a NASA astronaut who told us details about tomorrow and what it means for the future.
“We’ll wake the crew up early tomorrow morning; they’ll get suited and go out to the launch pad. I’ll be in a back room in mission control here and we will launch them into orbit. And they’ll take about a little more than 24 hours to get to the space station,” said Nicole Jordan, the Crew-1 mission manager. “And so, I hope that we are now ushering in a new era where we will have regular launches from Florida to go to the space station, and eventually to the moon and beyond.”
The four astronauts on board will spend six months on the international space station. After high winds canceled today’s launch, it’s now scheduled for Sunday at 7:27 p.m.
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Sally C. Morton tabbed to lead ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise

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PHOENIX — Arizona State University announced on Monday that statistician Sally C. Morton will become the first woman to lead ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise.
Morton, who has spent much of her life working as a statistician focused on combining statistics and data science in health care, will head an organization that spends $640 million researching various topics such as space exploration and food systems, according to a press release.
She comes to Tempe after serving as the dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Science and has served as the chair of biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh as well.
Morton called joining ASU’s research arm a perfect fit, given her background in biostatstics and educational research.

“I’m tremendously honored and excited to be joining ASU,” Morton said. “There is no more important time than now given the issues facing the world to conduct research of importance to our society.
“We need to do so using transdisciplinary approaches, integrated into our educational mission, and in partnership with industry and our communities. ASU Knowledge Enterprise is the place to make this difference.”
Morton earned her bachelor’s in statistics from Stanford University, before achieving a master’s in …

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China’s Chang’e 5 enters lunar orbit for historic attempt to return moon samples

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China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft has entered orbit around the moon ahead of an historic attempt to collect samples from the moon and return to Earth.The 18,100-lb. (8,200 kilograms) Chang’e 5 launched on a Long March 5 rocket on Monday (Nov. 23) from the country’s Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on Hainan Island and reached the moon today (Nov. 28) after an 112-hour journey. The Chang’e 5 orbiter module fired its main engine at 7:58 a.m. EST (1258 UTC; 8:58 p.m. Beijing time) when 249 miles (400 kilometers) away from the moon, the China Lunar Exploration Program announced just under an hour later.  In pictures: China on the moon! A History of Chinese lunar missions An artist’s illustration of China’s Chang’e 5 moon orbiter entering lunar orbit for the country’s first moon sample-return mission. (Image credit: China Lunar Exploration Project)The spacecraft fired its 3,000-Newton engine for around 17 minutes. This slowed the spacecraft down enough to allow it to be captured by the moon’s gravity. The maneuver is a major step in the 23-day Chang’e mission that aims to deliver fresh lunar samples to Earth in mid-December. No such mission has been attempted since the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 mission in 1976.During its journey to the moon radio enthusiasts have been tracking the …

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The Hindu Explains | Would space exploration survive in the era of privatisation?

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Why is NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 launch significant? What are the other trends in the commercial space sector?

The story so far: Perhaps the most stunning instance of a collaboration between public enterprises and the private sector in recent times is that between NASA and SpaceX. It is stunning because of the sheer extent of the frontier it is trying to breach. With its reusable rockets, large capsules to carry payloads and crew and competitive pricing, SpaceX has revolutionised the space sector. The latest instances of this include the launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft on November 15, which carried to the International Space Station four astronauts — Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Another recent feat is the launch on November 24 of 60 more Starlink Internet relay satellites into the orbit. These, and thousands more like these, are designed for the purpose of providing broadband services to people anywhere on Earth.What is the picture in India?In India too, we have seen the yielding of governmental control over the space industry bit by bit, starting from hiring of vendors and active outsourcing of rocket components to the present …

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The UFO ETF is up 20% this month. How a Biden administration could impact the space trade

the ufo etf is up 20% this month. how a biden administration could impact the space trade

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The space trade is skyrocketing higher.The Procure Space ETF (UFO), the first-ever global ETF to give investors access to the growing space industry, has soared nearly 20% in November amid some positive tailwinds including SpaceX’s historic Crew-1 launch with NASA, the first of its kind conducted by a private company.Though some of the upside is likely tied to hopes around Joe Biden’s presidency and how it could progress the space race, the impact could be more nuanced than some may think, Andrew Chanin, co-founder and CEO of ProcureAM, told CNBC’s “ETF Edge” this week.”We’re actually really encouraged, although the previous administration has really done a lot to push the space industry forward, both from a commercial and military and defense standpoint,” Chanin said Monday.”Space … isn’t something that is bipartisan. It’s nonpartisan,” he said. “So, we believe that space is something that’s here to stay and should and will be potentially a priority for any administration in the future.”President-elect Biden is expected to toe the Democratic Party line on space policy, likely prolonging the new age of human spaceflight and steering NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration towards studying the impacts of climate change.For …

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Analysis | New Space Race Shoots for Moon and Mars on a Budget: QuickTake

analysis | new space race shoots for moon and mars on a budget: quicktake

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The first space race was a competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union for national pride and military advantage. Now NASA is farming out missions to private companies, and other countries have joined the race — notably China and India. The moon and Mars remain tantalizing goals for many nations, as are the technological advances that space exploration can drive.

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What does finding water on the Moon mean for the future of space exploration?

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Readings from NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) indicate that water is present in Clavius Crater – one of the largest craters on the Moon.

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This discovery is important because water was thought to be present on the Moon only in the permanently shadowed craters near the lunar south pole. Although Clavius is in the southern hemisphere, it is not at the poles, and its interior is exposed to sunlight. Since it seems that water can survive in the lunar surface here, it implies that water may be much more widely distributed across the lunar surface than previously thought.
Even so, the abundance of the water is not high. For comparison, the Sahara Desert possesses 100 times more water than that found in the lunar surface material by SOFIA.

We ask Mahesh Anand, Professor of Planetary Science and Exploration at the Open University, UK, how the discovery was made and how it will shape future missions to the Moon.

SOFIA underwent scheduled maintenance at Lufthansa Technik’s facility in Hamburg, Germany in September © NASA/JPL

How significant is this finding?
Finding the signature for the presence of molecular water in the sunlit portion of the Moon is what …

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Gravitrax Marble Run defies gravity with 30% off Black Friday sale

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Losing your marbles over educational games for the kids? You can engineer an interest in tech topics with the award-winning Ravensburger Gravitrax Starter Set Marble Run, on sale now for an incredible 30% off at Amazon. This game usually retails for well over $50, so you’ll want to grab it at the gravity-defying price of $42 before the deal disappears. Beginners will have lots of guidance to get started, including 122 elements to start building, nine ready-to-go track designs, and dozens of fun challenges in kinetics, gravity, mechanics and other physics concepts.Watching the ball curve through an obstacle course is an adventure for youngsters, as they get to build crosses, freefalls and even a cannon to propel marbles through the path. This game is a great introduction to science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) education that may carry your kids’ interest for hours.
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