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Saturday, 1 May 2021

This week in space: NASA goes all in on SpaceX and the Moon, Russia and China look to a research base there, NASA plans a mission to 1000 AU and loads more...



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Pick o' the podcasts:



From the video store:


China launches Tianhe module, start of ambitious two-year station construction effort - NASASpaceFlight.com


Space junk map tracks 200 ‘ticking time bombs’ - BBC News


Arianespace launches Vega's return to flight with rideshare mission - NASASpaceFlight.com


Starlink v1.0 L24 launches as SpaceX receives permission for Starlink modifications - NASASpaceFlight.com


NROL-82 | Delta IV Heavy | Everyday Astronaut | Post Launch Review


NASA is now Planning a Mission to go 1,000 AU From the Sun, Deep Into Interstellar Space - Universe Today





Reading material:


Virgin Selected to Bring Orbital Launch Capabilities to Brazil (spaceref.com)


Russia to select actress for Soyuz mission in May - SpaceNews


Op-ed | Competition delivers the goods and the crew for all NASA commercial space services - SpaceNews


Intuitive Machines’ first lunar lander mission slips to 2022 - SpaceNews


China, Russia open moon base project to international partners, early details emerge - SpaceNews


Mystery solved? Heat-trapping clouds may explain ancient Mars' rivers and lakes | Space


Strange crater suggests ancient Mars may have been frigid with occasional snowmelt | Space




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