What You Missed Last Week

May 28th, 2022

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Here is a list of news that were published in our Newsletter the week of May 23-27:

Human Space Exploration:

  • ESA does not anticipate Russian withdrawal from ISS
  • NASA achieves major milestone in its quest to land Artemis III astronauts on the Moon
  • NASA’s verdict on Starliner: “A great vehicle for crew transportation”
  • Boeing’s Starliner OFT-2 mission ends successfully
  • Starliner spacecraft cleared for undocking and re-entry
  • NASA shows off early plans to send astronauts to Mars for 30 days
  • NASA plans to make Starliner crew assignments this summer
  • Teams in New Mexico gear up for Wednesday landing of Boeing Starliner capsule (photos)
  • Biden vows to expand space cooperation with South Korea, Japan
  • NASA plans early June rollout of SLS for next countdown test
  • Starliner launches to remain on Atlas 5
  • Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is open for astronauts at Space Station for 1st time


Space Science

  • Researchers made ultracold quantum bubbles on the Space Station
  • The building blocks for supermassive black holes are found in dwarf galaxies
  • Humans could become a truly interplanetary species within 200 years, physicists claim
  • Update on the potential May 31st tau Herculid meteor storm
  • Famous ‘alien’ Wow! signal may have come from distant, sunlike star
  • New photo reveals a NASA spacecraft cloaked in Martian dust
  • Ice at the Moon’s poles might have come from ancient volcanoes
  • The NASA-funded launch of CAPSTONE, a tiny cubesat for the Moon, delayed to June 6
  • Launch of NASA’s Psyche asteroid mission delayed to late September
  • Planets form differently around binary stars and so might life
  • Could people breathe the air on Mars?
  • A meteor shower outburst from a shattered comet may spawn new tau Herculids display on May 30
  • There’s a mystery in our universe’s expansion rate and the Hubble Space Telescope is on the case


Other News

  • BlackSky, Maxar, Planet win 10-year NRO contracts for satellite imagery
  • Supply chain challenges also present opportunities for the space industry
  • Industry looks to decentralized approaches to space sustainability
  • Lawsuit challenges FAA license for spaceport near Cumberland Island National Seashore
  • Quad nations unveil satellite-based maritime monitoring initiative
  • NASA is building a mission that will refuel and repair satellites in orbit
  • China launches three LEO communication satellites ahead of launch surge
  • Industry pushes for NASA reauthorization


Major Space Related Activities for the Week

  • Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) Starliner capsule is planned for a return to Earth on Wednesday, weather permitting.


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