[Space] 2021.05.15

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
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]
XPRIZE Carbon Removal is aimed at tackling climate change and advancing space exploration. Teams will create and demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans. [Forward]
NASA wants to understand how the Freelancer community can potentially help in the future to evaluate solutions provided for NASA engineering challenges. They encourage everyone to register, regardless of experience. [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]
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]
Hear from three professionals at NASA, Blue Origin and Axiom Space in this free webinar. Topics include research and advice for getting involved in space, followed by Q&A. [Forward]
This virtual conference examines the many innovations required for a sustainable human presence on Mars and how these technologies will benefit Earth. Tickets are $33.46 - $102.42 plus fees. [Forward]
ISDC 2021 will highlight the public and private efforts to push the boundaries of space exploration. Virtual event to take place from June 24-27, 2021. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
The Starlink satellite internet will rely on Google’s private fiber-optic network to quickly make connections to cloud services as part of a deal that could last seven years. [Forward]
Four private astronauts will be ferried to the ISS for an eight-day mission using a SpaceX Crew Dragon, where they will conduct research missions and scientific experiments. [Forward]
Firefly CEO Tom Markusic says the money enables them to have multiple Alpha rocket launches and successfully execute the main milestones for their Blue Ghost lunar lander program. [Forward]
The fundraising comes as the FBI investigates a ransomware attack that closed a US pipeline, highlighting a need to bolster cyberdefenses. It makes Arqit the UK’s first space company unicorn. [Forward]
As private companies prepare to ferry customers to space, a new market is opening, training affluent travelers for their future missions. Orbite’s goal is to combine aeronautics and five-star hospitality. [Forward]
$5.7 billion in investments were recorded for Q1 of 2021, a 356% increase from $1.2 billion in the same period last year—a paradigm shift for the industry. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
Photo Credit: Blue Origin
Blue Origin is hosting a public auction for a seat on the first crewed launch. Public bidding opens May 19, running until a final live online auction on June 12. [Forward]
A recap of SN15's successful 10km test flight. Discussion of NASA's selection of SpaceX's Starship for Artemis moon landings begins at 10:24. [Forward]
Since Mars and the moon don’t have building materials, researchers are looking to fungi to help humanity colonize the stars by growing buildings on other worlds. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
Photo Credit: ESO/L. Calçada
When a massive star collapses under its own gravity, it forms a black hole so heavy that it captures everything that passes its event horizon. Not even light can escape. [Forward]