[Space] 2020.11.01

Challenges | Campaigns
NASA is seeking approaches to cryogenic containment allowing lunar sample transport from the Moon to Earth. All innovative, actionable solutions are of significant interest. $40,000 prize. Closes November 12. [Forward]
The challenge invites participants to create reusable, high-level technologies for the conquest of space with potential for commercial applications. Winners will be awarded with incredible prizes. November 13-14. [Forward]
NASA seeks innovative approaches for excavating icy regolith and delivering water in extreme lunar conditions to enable human presence on the Moon. $5,000,000 in prizes. Begins November 2020. [Forward]
WEAR is an engineering design challenge seeking wearable technologies for exploring deep space. Open to middle-high school students in formal or informal education institutions. Intent to participate due Dec. 1. [Forward]
Write an essay about leading a one-week expedition at the Moon’s South Pole. Participants receive a NASA certificate. Grand prize is a trip to the Artemis-1 Launch. Closes Dec. 17. [Forward]
NASA seeks scalable ideas that can address how to unload payloads from lunar landers on the lunar surface. $25,000 in total prizes. Submit by January 19, 2021. [Forward]
NASA needs the software for small unmanned aircraft systems usable for live flight operations. There are multiple challenges with $30,700 in total prizes. Closes March 1, 2021. [Forward]
NASA seeks solutions for energy distribution, management, or storage developable for space flight and future operation on the lunar surface. Up to $500K in prizes. September 25 - March 25, 2021. [Forward]
Join 62,361 volunteers and search for Planet 9 and new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. [Forward]
Write or draw your vision of why you think Earth needs Space on a postcard and have it launched into space and back on a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. [Forward]
Space News provides ongoing coverage and daily updates of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the global space industry, including a list of all delayed or canceled space events. [Forward]
Get your burning space questions answered by a team of scientists, experts, and educators during this free live presentation of #MOSatHome MOS Live. [Forward]
Join TechCrunch's editors in Los Angeles on December 17 for a day of fireside chats and panel discussion with the top investors, founders, and technologists forging the future of space. [Forward]

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// FYI
Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Axiom expects to launch their first commercial mission in the fourth quarter of 2021 on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Rumors suggest Tom Cruise might be on board. [Forward]
Astrobotic Technology unveiled its new 47,000-square-foot headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The massive facility will serve as mission control for its lunar payload delivery services and upcoming NASA contracts. [Forward]
NASA has tasked 14 US companies with developing innovative technologies that will enable space exploration. Of the $370 million in awards, $250 million is devoted to cryogenic fluid management. [Forward]
Azure Space is focused on space-sector services, including simulating space missions, interpreting satellite data, and providing global satellite networking capabilities through new and expanded partnerships. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
The discovery indicates water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold places. It’s unknown if the water is easily accessible for use as a resource. [Forward]
The spacecraft grabbed too much material, preventing the sample head from closing properly. Tests are being skipped so the sample can go straight to storage, preventing further loss of material. [Forward]
SpaceX will charge users $99 a month initially to use its Starlink service, plus $499 for a small satellite dish, mounting tripod, and router from the company. [Forward]
Trump would turn the ISS over to private space companies. Biden would likely delay the moonshot, propose a funding extension for the ISS, and be favorable to Boeing’s SLS rocket. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
New analyses suggest the detection of phosphine gas in the clouds of Venus—a possible sign of life—might be due to a fluke in data processing. [Forward]
The alien world, slightly smaller than Saturn and christened M51-ULS-1b, is located in the M51 Whirlpool Galaxy some 23 million light years from Earth near the constellation of Ursa Major. [Forward]