[Space] 2021.04.01

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
XPRIZE Carbon Removal is aimed at tackling climate change. Teams will create and demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans. Registration is April 22. [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. Closes June 18, 2021. [Forward]
The competition offers creators around the world a chance to share films inspired by and using NASA imagery. $26,000 in total prizes. The close date is July 14, 2021. [Forward]
Vespera is a smart and fully automated combination telescope and camera. Observe the night sky, capture celestial photos, and learn about the Cosmos all in one place. [Forward]
Analyze images taken by the Context Camera orbiting the south polar region of Mars. The locations you identify will be used as targets for higher resolution observations. [Forward]
Join thousands of volunteers to help identify and classify samples of variable stars using SuperWASP, the world's most successful ground-based survey for transiting exoplanets. [Forward]
Join thousands of 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]
Help the Hobby-Eberly Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) measure how fast the universe was expanding at different times in history to reveal the role of dark energy at different epochs. [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]
This is a free behind the scenes look at the Perseverance landing as well as the Ingenuity Helicopter, which will perform a flight test in the Martian atmosphere in April. [Forward]
In this pay-what-you-can talk, Christopher E. Mason argues we have a moral duty to explore other planets and lays out a 500-year plan for reengineering human genetics to explore space. [Forward]
ISDC 2021 will highlight the public and private efforts to push the boundaries of space exploration. Registration and pricing are pending. May 27-30, 2021 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles. [Forward]
ISEC 2021 will focus on the Tether/Climber interface, Environmental Benefits of Space Elevators, and more. May 25-26, 2021 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles. Price is pending. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Redwire, formed last year by private equity firm AE Industrial Partners, is merging with special purpose acquisition company Genesis Park. The merger values Redwire at a $615 million enterprise valuation. [Forward]
Cathie Wood, CIO of Ark Investment Management, is known for investing in “disruptive innovation”. Ark's Innovation Fund had more than $16 billion in inflows and returned nearly 150% last year. [Forward]
Epsilon3 is developing an operating system for launch operations - an electronic toolkit for controlling workflows and procedures. It’s estimated the launch services industry could reach over $18 billion by 2026. [Forward]
ABL is developing the RS1, a small launch vehicle capable of placing up to 1,350 kilograms into low Earth orbit. The new round values ABL at $1.3 billion. [Forward]
NASA is turning to private companies to build and deploy new free flying habitats in low Earth orbit. The CLD project could award four companies with $400 million in total. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
NASA picked a site for what’s expected to be the first powered flight on another planet. April 8th will be the first in a month-long series of test flights. [Forward]
Image Credit: SpaceX
SpaceX is targeting July 1 for the test flight of BN3 mounted with SN20, the first orbital flight of a fully stacked Starship super heavy rocket. [Forward]
The rocket made it through a complete eight-minute test without stopping and remained in apparent good condition. It represents a huge win for NASA and the Space Launch System program. [Forward]
NASA is developing ways to send ultra-cold and ultra-large balloon telescopes to the edge of space, which could open up a brand new way of seeing the cosmos. [Forward]
Image Credit: ABIBOO studio / SOnet
ABIBOO studio has led the architectural design of a self-sufficient, sustainable city on Mars that could house one million. Also see a mini-documentary about the First 10,000 Days on Mars. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
Although the water on Mars is thought to have evaporated long ago, new evidence suggests up to 99% of Mars’s water is hiding in the crust, in ancient hydrated minerals. [Forward]
A new NASA-funded study into the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life (SETI) details how future NASA missions could purposefully look for the “technosignatures” of advanced alien civilizations, specifically interstellar probes.[Forward]
If an intelligent species were to arise beneath the frozen crust of a subterranean water world, they would find themselves in perpetual isolation, a possible solution to the Fermi Paradox. [Forward]