[Space] 2021.06.01

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
On July 20, New Shepard flies to space. Online bidding ends June 10. Raise your bid limit by June 10 (5PM EDT) to participate in the June 12 live auction. [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]
The goal of this challenge is to make satellite imagery taken from a significant angle more useful for time-sensitive applications. Submissions due July 19. $50,000 in prizes. [Forward]
This challenge seeks improvements to materials, manufacturing techniques, processes, or improvements to components or systems involved in CFM. $10,000 prize. Registration closes August 16. [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]
Join the virtual 238th AAS Meeting (June 7-9). AAS 238 offers prizes and talks by distinguished astronomers. Fees vary depending on membership status. [Forward]
NASA SMD is organizing a virtual workshop (June 14th-25th via WebEx) for researchers and engineers who want to submit a NASA space mission proposal but don’t know where to start. [Forward]
ISDC 2021 will highlight the public and private efforts to push the boundaries of space exploration. Check website for the latest information on the virtual event. [Forward]
Join Chris Impey as he explores the history of the international space program, explains the current situation, and plots the future of space travel. Tickets are “pay what you can.” [Forward]
The 35th Annual Small Satellite Conference (August 7-12) explores what’s possible in new space mission operations and autonomy enablers that will drive the speed of information exchange. Admission is $195. [Forward]
This free, virtual event (October 14-17) offers an opportunity for those interested in Mars to discuss the science, technology, social implications, and a multitude of other aspects of Mars exploration. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Relativity is pushing the boundaries of 3D-printing. Relativity says its simpler process will eventually be capable of turning raw material into a rocket on the launchpad in under 60 days. [Forward]
Refueling capacity could not only extend the mission length of satellites and other spacecraft, it could open the door to new types of space missions and the emerging space economy. [Forward]
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Japanese and Canadian space agencies are sending rovers to the moon in the next several years. Lockheed Martin is partnering with General Motors on a rover for NASA’s Artemis program. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
The unsealed online auction for this seat continues until June 10. On June 12, the company will hold a live online auction among verified bidders to sell the seat. [Forward]
NASA is requesting more than $11 billion in an upcoming infrastructure bill to fund competition for future missions in the Human Landing System program and to upgrade center facilities. [Forward]
GM previously helped Boeing create the lunar roving vehicle utilized during three Apollo missions on the moon. The partnership is part of GM’s global growth and innovation team. [Forward]
Purdue University researchers are testing an oil-free version of the traditional fridge that will work regardless of gravity’s direction or magnitude, since regular fridges rely on gravity to work. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
Planets 1.5 to two times Earth’s radius are mostly missing. Scientists believe mini-Neptunes (smaller than Neptune, larger than Super-Earths) might lose their thick atmospheres and thereby decrease in size. [Forward]
Around two trillion galaxies make up the current observable universe. Unfortunately, even with light speed, around 94% of the galaxies we can see are already unreachable for us forever. [Forward]