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21/09/2020 20:02:05  

NASA to Discuss Early Artemis Exploration Plans with Media
21/09/2020 10:02:06  

Estée Lauder’s pricey goop gets seat on next ISS resupply mission as Japanese companies pledge zero-G cosmetics

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of "Advanced Night Repair" skin serum and the suitable-for-zero-G “CosmoSkin” cosmetics-in-space project.…

20/09/2020 03:01:50  

CNN reports: A planned reality show will seek to give the winner of its on-air competition "the greatest prize ever given out on Earth" — a 10-day stay on the International Space Station... The production company's press release said that the team is "now looking for global brand and primary distribution partners." Space Hero is planning to open the application process for the show in the first half of 2021 before broadcasting begins in 2022, a spokesperson said via email Friday... Space Hero, which is headed by a former News Corp executive named Marty Pompadur, said it is working with Texas-based startup Axiom Space to coordinate the trip into orbit. Axiom was co-founded and led by Michael Suffredini, who led NASA's International Space Station Program from 2005 to 2015. The company plans to serve as a go-between for NASA, launch providers such as SpaceX and Boeing, and any private-sector individuals interested in booking rides to space for tourism, entertainment or other business purposes. Axiom has also said it can provide all the training necessary to prepare individuals for a trip to the ISS... Private citizens have visited the space station before: A company called Space Adventures previously organized eight trips to the International Space Station for ultra-wealthy travelers between 2001 and 2009 using Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Allowing tourists and other private citizens to make use of the space station — via SpaceX's or Boeing's new spacecraft — is part of NASA's goal of commercializing outer space. CNN notes that Axiom is also handling the training and coordination for that Tom Cruise movie that's going to be filmed in space.

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19/09/2020 21:01:45  

"Earlier this week, scientists announced the discovery of phosphine on Venus, a potential signature of life. Now, in an amazing coincidence, a European and Japanese spacecraft is about to fly past the planet — and could confirm the discovery," writes Forbes. Slashdot reader Iwastheone shares their report: BepiColombo, launched in 2018, is on its way to enter orbit around Mercury, the innermost planet of the Solar System. But to achieve that it plans to use two flybys of Venus to slow itself down, one on October 15, 2020, and another on August 10, 2021. The teams running the spacecraft already had plans to observe Venus during the flyby. But now, based on this detection of phosphine from telescopes on Earth, they are now planning to use both of these flybys to look for phosphine using an instrument on the spacecraft... As this first flyby is only weeks away, however, the observation campaign of the spacecraft is already set in stone, making the chance of a discovery slim. More promising is the second flyby next year, which will not only give the team more time to prepare, but also approach just 550 kilometers from Venus... If a detection can be made, it would provide independent verification of the presence of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus. And for future missions planning to visit the planet, which alongside Rocket Lab's mission includes potential spacecraft from NASA, India, Russia, and Europe, that could be vital information.

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19/09/2020 08:01:49  

NASA is preparing to oversee the largest push of business activity aboard the ISS. "Later this month, up to 10 bottles of a new Estee Lauder (EL) skincare serum will launch to the space station," reports CNN. "NASA astronauts are expected to film the items in the microgravity environment of the ISS and the company will be able to use that footage in ad campaigns or other promotional material." The details of those plans were first reported by New Scientist magazine. From the report: The Estee Lauder partnership will continue NASA's years-long push to encourage private-sector spending on space projects as the space agency looks to stretch its budget beyond the ISS and focus on taking astronauts back into deep space. Those efforts include allowing the space station to be used for marketing and entertainment purposes. The Estee Lauder products, a new formula of the company's "Advanced Night Repair" skin serum, are expected to launch aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft, tucked alongside 8,000 pounds of other cargo, experiments and supplies. NASA astronauts will be tasked with capturing "imagery and video" of the product. The astronauts themselves, however, won't be appearing in any cosmetics ads: The space agency's ethics policies strictly bar astronauts from appearing in marketing campaigns.

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19/09/2020 01:01:52  

NASA Invites Media to Launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite from West Coast
18/09/2020 23:01:52  

NASA's long-lived spacecraft reaches another milestone

NASA's extraordinarily long-lived Voyager 1 probe this week passed 14 billion miles from Earth.…

18/09/2020 21:01:48  

NASA Selects 18 Space Biology Research Proposals to Advance Scientific Knowledge of Life in Space and Foster Human Space Exploration
18/09/2020 21:01:47  

NASA Spaceline Current Awareness List #916 18 September 2020 (Space Life Science Research Results)
18/09/2020 21:01:44  

NASA Selects 18 Space Biology Research Proposals to Advance Scientific Knowledge of Life in Space and Foster Human Space Exploration
18/09/2020 21:01:44  

NASA Spaceline Current Awareness List #916 18 September 2020 (Space Life Science Research Results)
18/09/2020 18:01:51  

Chairwoman Horn Opening Statement for Hearing on Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Information Technology Management, Policies, and Practices at NASA
18/09/2020 18:01:51  

Chairwoman Johnson Opening Statement for Hearing on Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Information Technology Management, Policies, and Practices at NASA
18/09/2020 18:01:50  

Opening Statement of Ranking Member Babin at Space Subcommittee Hearing on NASA Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities
18/09/2020 04:01:52  

Astranis Announces Former NASA Administrator Dan Goldin as Key Advisor, Clears Critical Design Review for Alaska Satellite
18/09/2020 03:01:41  

White Paper on Improvements to the NASA Research and Analysis Proposal and Review System
18/09/2020 00:01:48  

Information Collection: COVID 19 Census of NASA Grantees
18/09/2020 00:01:48  

NASA Awards Modification to Safety, Mission Assurance Services Contract
17/09/2020 23:01:40  

NASA to Host Preview Briefings, Interviews for First Crew Rotation Mission with SpaceX
17/09/2020 22:01:44  

Rocket Lab Completes Final Dress Rehearsal at Launch Complex 2 Ahead of First Electron Mission from U.S. Soil
17/09/2020 20:01:42  

NASA ROSES-20 Amendment 55: Astrophysics Research and Analysis Major Revision
17/09/2020 19:01:46  

NASA Administrator to Discuss Collaboration with US Space Force
17/09/2020 18:01:42  

NASA SMD: Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx) Opportunity Delayed
17/09/2020 17:01:45  

ROSES-20 Amendment 54: Delay of Due Date for D.16 "Astrophysics Pioneers"
17/09/2020 11:01:44  

Also: Cygnus named for Columbia 'naut, and Space Shuttle Endeavour dressed up for launch

In brief "As we've always said, we expect it to take three flights to make it to orbit," upstart launch vehicle outfit Astra bravely said as its imaginatively named Rocket 3.1 went *phut* shortly after lift-off last week.…