What Planet Are You On? #109

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Deepnews Digest #109

What Planet Are You On?

Editor: Christopher Brennan
When I pick the topic for the Deepnews Digest each week I like to pick subjects that are global, so that we can show off our algorithm’s ability to pick out gems from all sorts of different outlets you may not be reading on the regular. This week looks not just at our globe, but what’s beyond it, covering all things space exploration. While you may have seen the headlines from your own respective country on NASA’s Perseverance rover or the ESA, our tech helps uncover stories you might have missed from New Orleans to New Delhi.

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Inverse

The unexpected connection between Lebron James and NASA’s Mars landing

When Emily Lakdawalla played basketball in high school, she spent most of her time on the bench pulling double duty as the team’s manager. One of her responsibilities was to log statistics, and she enjoyed the game’s most subjective stat more than the others. “I really appreciated the assists,” she tells me. As a planetary geologist and writer, Lakdawalla is a walking encyclopedia on rover and orbiter missions, and, when I initially reached out to her, I wanted to talk about jump shots.

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19th News

‘I’m not going to be the last’: Hayley Arceneaux on what it means to be the youngest American woman in space

This year, the once-restricted world of space travel is about to open up in a way the nation has never seen, and a 29-year-old woman will help usher in that change.

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Editor’s Note:

When people go up into space, they take with them their individual stories. Here our algorithm highlighted a profile of Hayley Arceneaux, who survived bone cancer as a child and can become the youngest American in space. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Wired

Perseverance’s eyes see a different Mars

The Red Planet’s red looks different to a robot with hyperspectral cameras for eyes.

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Quartz

Jeff Bezos’s legacy, according to 11 experts

In a few months, Jeff Bezos will step down as CEO of the sprawling empire that he founded nearly 27 years ago, taking on the role of executive chairman. Amazon is the fourth most valuable US company, as of this writing, the second largest US employer, and has had the second best performance of any stock since going public in 1997. More than any other company, it has taught the world to buy things online.

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Ars Technica

The 2008 moment when triumph turned to torment for SpaceX

Flight Three of the Falcon 1 rocket could make or break the company. This is an excerpt from chapter eight of the book LIFTOFF: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX by our own Eric Berger. The book will be published on March 2, 2021. In this excerpt, it is the summer of 2008, and SpaceX has attempted to launch the Falcon 1 rocket twice already, failing both times. As the company’s engineers prepare for a third launch attempt from tiny Omelek Island in the Kwajalein Atoll, time and money are running out…

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Bloomberg

A $750 Million SPAC Injection Puts Rocket Lab in Direct Competition with SpaceX

“It tasted like crap,” said Peter Beck. “Honestly, it tasted like taking a handful of chemicals and sticking it in your mouth. Terrible.”

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Florida Today

Will Bill Nelson be the next NASA administrator?

Nelson, who flew on the space shuttle as a member of Congress in 1986, has a long history and strong relationship with Biden. But before the election Nelson told FLORIDA TODAY he wasn’t interested in the top spot at NASA.

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The Verge

With ‘Starbase’ and a new Starlink factory, Musk deepens foray into Texas

Pieces of SpaceX’s ambitious plans to expand its sizable foothold in Texas were on full display this week in three very different corners of the internet. CEO Elon Musk speculated on Twitter about a proposed city in Texas named Starbase, while new job descriptions on the company’s website hinted at an anticipated “state of the art” factory for mass-producing Starlink satellites. And the company made its latest move in a protracted legal fight for a methane-rich piece of land that will supply fuel for Starship.

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Space News

Op-ed | Representing the private astronaut is a new step for human spaceflight — and for space lawyers

A new era of human spaceflight was launched with Axiom Space’s Jan. 26 announcement of the four private astronauts it will send to the International Space Station early next year aboard a chartered SpaceX Crew Dragon flight. The next week, SpaceX announced the privately funded Inspiration4 mission that will carry four civilians to Earth orbit perhaps as soon as later this year.

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CNBC

Rocket Lab CEO Says SPAC Deal Is ‘a Supercharger’ for Growth and Adds Ability to Launch Astronauts

Rocket Lab is going public in the next few months through a SPAC merger and CEO Peter Beck spoke to CNBC to break down the space company’s opportunities thanks to the deal’s cash pile.

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Times of India

India’s space PSU NSIL prepares to compete with SpaceX; inks new launch deals

BENGALURU: With eyes firmly set on the global launch market, space PSU New Space India Limited (NSIL) is devising strategies — including offering competitive prices comparable with SpaceX — to acquire new business and become the go-to launch service provider.

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The Conversation

Artemis: How ever-changing U.S. space policy may push back the next moon landing

Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan blasted off from the Taurus-Littrow valley on the moon in their lunar module Challenger on December 14 1972. Five days later, they splashed down safely in the Pacific, closing the Apollo 17 mission and becoming the last humans to visit the lunar surface or venture anywhere beyond low-Earth orbit.

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Florida Today

Blue Origin delays premiere launch of New Glenn rocket from Florida

Blue Origin has refined the timing for the premiere of its New Glenn rocket, a towering vehicle now slated to launch from Florida in late 2022.

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Editor’s Note:

Space news comes from the prestigious science-focused outlets and specialty sites on this list, but also from local reporters in places such as Florida and Houston. Here is one of two pieces from Florida Today on our Digest this week. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Spaceflight Now

SpaceX says “heat damage” caused landing failure on recent Falcon 9 mission

A senior SpaceX official said this week that “heat damage” led to the failure of a Falcon 9 booster during a landing attempt Feb. 15, but the company will press on with more launches and will likely surpass the 10-flight threshold on one of its reusable rockets soon. The next Falcon 9 launch, using a booster flying on its eighth mission, is scheduled for liftoff from Florida with 60 more Starlink internet satellites Sunday night.

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Indian Express

Explained: ISRO’s PSLV-C51 launch, and why Pixxel India’s Anand satellite missed the flight

Even ISRO chairman K Sivan had said that the launch of PSLV-C51 would be “special” because of Pixxel India’s satellite since it marked the beginning of a new age in which private companies would become an equal partner in India’s space sector.

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New Orleans Times Picayune

Why was the latest NASA rocket test in Mississippi delayed? Blame a faulty valve

Crews moved the flight hardware for the first Artemis mission to NASA’s Pegasus barge on Jan. 8 in preparation for the core stage Green Run test series at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

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Universe Today

ESA is Working on a Mission to Explore Caves on the Moon

Rich countries’ governments borrowed $18 trillion from bond markets in 2020—more than ever before—but their borrowing costs hit a record low, due to a big rise in bond purchases by central banks, as well as a lack of concern about public debt levels among private investors.

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Herald Scotland

Meet the emergency doctor who could be on call in space

However, for Dr Christina Mackaill it could well become a reality despite being literally millions of miles away from her day job on a busy emergency unit with NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

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CNN

NASA astronaut launches stop for nothing — not even a pandemic. Here’s how they did it

The wonders of spaceflight never ceased in 2020, despite the pandemic’s best efforts.

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ABC News

Bosnian village with same name as Mars landing site celebrates NASA’s success

When NASA successfully touched down its Perseverance rover Thursday at the Jezero Crater on Mars, cheers erupted at the agency’s control room. But they also erupted in a small village in western Bosnia that shares the same name as the landing site on the red planet.

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Editor’s Note:

Speaking of local angles, there is a small Bosnian village that has one on the Mars rover. Here our algorithm highlighted an ABC correspondent reporting on Jezero, which shares a name with a Martian crater. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


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Houston Chronicle

Netflix film ‘A Million Miles Away’ tells the story of astronaut José Hernández

“If you could imagine a 10-year-old boy holding on to rabbit ear antennas of a black and white vacuum-tube technology TV watching the Apollo 17 mission, that was me.”

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Nikkei Asian Review

Diamond batteries promise to power space probes for 100 years

TOKYO — Diamond batteries capable of generating electricity for 100 years are being considered for use in space probes and in equipment for underground mining.

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Gizmodo

New 3D Map Suggests We’re Absolutely Surrounded By Double Stars

A newly compiled 3D map has revealed more than 1 million binary star pairs located within 3,000 light years of Earth, highlighting the ubiquity of these celestial objects.

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Hometown Life

Mission to Mars: South Lyon East grad perseveres as NASA rover engineer

Andrew Plave knows more than a little about Perseverance, both literally and figuratively.

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The Telegraph (UK) ($)

The budget space race is poised for take-off

Virgin Orbit has finally had a successful launch, but its UK rivals are on a mission too

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