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I’m wrapping up my time in Paris to cover two of the biggest international space conferences, but an announcement in the US has been the cause of raised eyebrows and a bit of disbelief in many of my conversations over the past few days.

Lunar technology-focused Intuitive Machines announced a SPAC deal last Friday at a valuation of nearly $1 billion. This underscores both the civil and national security reasons why everything from rovers to people are returning to the moon in droves this decade. True, NASA is paying billions to return to the lunar surface, and the Pentagon has issued repeated warnings about China’s ambitions. But the concern over Intuitive Machines’ IPO stems from the market’s appetite for such deals and the lofty projections the company is expected to achieve.

It’s worth understanding the broader factors at play: The SPAC frenzy ended even faster this year than it started last year. Companies that have gone public have, for the most part, seen their shares slammed by the flight of investors from risky and speculative assets – such as capital-intensive and often pre-revenue space companies. In addition, the SPAC market dried up this summer and even the “King of SPAC” (which took Virgin Galactic public) this week decided to break up two of its special purpose companies and return money to the shareholders.

For Intuitive Machines, the money it aims to raise by going public largely depends on what Inflection Point SPAC shareholders think of the deal. Inflection Point holds $301 million held in a trust, which depends on shareholder redemptions. SPACs making deals in 2022 have steadily seen requests to buy out much of that money, leaving less than expected on the new public company’s balance sheet.

Additionally, the SPAC projections have come under intense scrutiny and Intuitive Machines needs to find its stride fast to hit its predictions. Of the five business segments featured in the company’s presentation – Lunar Access Services, Lunar Data Services, Orbital Services, Space Products and Space Infrastructure – four of them are expected to generate revenues between 0 and 7 million dollars this year. Compare that to two years, when Intuitive Machines predicts each of the five will generate $100 million or more in revenue.

But the deal needs to be done first – and it’s expected in the first quarter. I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one as it appears to be swimming against the frozen river of the SPAC market.

What’s new

  • Planet will add hyperspectral satellites to its product line, called “Tanager”. At the International Astronautical Congress, CNBC caught up with Planet co-founder Robbie Schingler about the new offering, along with a pair of Tangager demonstration satellites slated for launch next year. – CNBC
  • Elon Musk says SpaceX will ‘seek exemption’ from sanctions to provide Starlink service to Iran. The potential request comes as Iranians face internet connectivity disruptions amid widespread protests in the country, and as SpaceX continues to expand where its satellite internet network can reach around the world. – Reuters
  • Rocket Lab hosted an Investor Day in New York, and provided an update on the progress of its Electron and Neutron rockets, as well as its space systems business. For Electron, the biggest announcement was that the long-awaited first launch of Virginia’s Wallops is set to take place in December, and the company showed off initial hardware and more details about Neutron for the first time. – Rocket Laboratory
  • ArianeGroup unveils the project to create a reusable upper stage for Ariane 6 rockets. Called Susie (Smart Upper Stage For Innovative Exploration), the French rocket builder described the concept as a part of the rocket that would replace the nose cone and carry both cargo and crew – an approach that mimics spacecraft smaller-scale spacecraft from SpaceX. – Ariane Group
  • Axiom Space has signed a deal with Turkey to launch the country’s first astronaut, and reportedly has a similar deal with Saudi Arabia. The company did not say when the Turkish astronaut will fly, but the reported deal to fly a pair of Saudi astronauts on a SpaceX mission in early 2023. – Axiom/Reuters
  • Virgin Orbit has announced an agreement with an Australian company to open the country to the launch of its rockets. The company said the deal with Wagner Corporation will start the process of adding launch capability in Australia as early as 2024. – Virgin Orbit
  • Ookla’s Speedtest data shows slower internet speeds for SpaceX’s Starlink users, but the service ranks as the fastest available in the world for people without terrestrial internet access. – Ok so
  • Orbital Reef private space station project, supported by Blue Origin and Sierra Space, to reward start-up companies in the “Reef Starter” challenge. The process is expected to select up to three startups from around the world, for up to $100,000 in rewards, a spokesperson told CNBC. – Orbital Reef

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Sir Richard Branson-backed bid to launch a rocket from Cornwall is again rebuffed Wed, 21 Sep 2022 06:00:00 +0000

Britain’s first rocket launch from a spaceport in Cornwall has had its launch date pushed back to November as it awaits approval from UK regulators.

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit was previously due to launch a rocket from Newquay’s Spaceport Cornwall in September, but The Telegraph has learned launch partners have been told the first rocket may not lift off until November.

The mission has still not been given the green light by the Civil Aviation Authority, which regulates UK rocket launches.

Spaceport executives had originally hoped that a launch during the summer would coincide with the Jubilee.

The historic launch would be the first orbital mission from British soil and comes 50 years after a British-made rocket, Black Arrow, last reached space.

A Virgin Orbit spokesperson said the company still expects to complete the launch by the end of December, within the proposed launch window.

Previous regulatory filings had cited September 29 as the “primary date” for a launch.

A Virgin Orbit spokesperson said: “Virgin Orbit continues to work through our regular launch operations in time with mission needs in excited anticipation of a major industry milestone: the first-ever launch. space from the UK.

“Virgin Orbit’s launch readiness remains on track, and there have been no recent changes to the planned launch date window.

“We continue to work with our excellent mission partners at CAA, Spaceport Cornwall and UK Space Agency as well as our customers to ensure we stay on track for the fourth quarter launch we have planned.”

Virgin Orbit plans to fly a modified Boeing 747, nicknamed Cosmic Girl, from the converted Newquay airstrip above the Atlantic Ocean at a height of 37,000ft, before firing its LauncherOne rocket under its wing which then explodes into space.

Sir Richard’s rocket company is planning more than a dozen launches from Spaceport Cornwall over the next decade. Since its rockets are dropped under the wing of a converted commercial airliner, they can use conventional runways as their base of operations.

Delays in rocket launches are not uncommon due to weather impacts and regulatory bureaucracy. Although it has flown four successful rocket missions, Virgin Orbit’s scheduled July launch from Mojave Spaceport in California was postponed for three days due to coolant temperature issues in its rocket.

The company is planning several launches over the next few months in an increasingly tight schedule in addition to the Cornwall launch, including three more from Mojave in California.

The Cornish mission will launch satellites for the UK Ministry of Defence, orbital factory company Space Forge and data satellites from Oxford start-up Open Cosmos.

On Wednesday, Open Cosmos said the UK mission would be part of its plans to launch 25 data-gathering satellites. Its satellites will provide Earth observation technology to governments and agencies to monitor natural disasters, climate change and activities such as illegal mining and deforestation from space.

The creation of a sovereign rocket capability for the UK was hailed by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson last year as part of plans to create a ‘galactic Britain’ and boost industry £16 billion British Space Agency. Rival efforts at Cornwall Spaceport are underway in Scotland and the Shetland Islands.

Separately, Elon Musk said he was seeking an exemption from US sanctions to bring Starlink’s satellite broadband service to Iran.

In response to a question about Starlink’s launch in Iran on Twitter, Musk said: “Starlink will seek an exemption from Iranian sanctions in this regard.”

Starlink launches a network of thousands of satellites to provide broadband to remote areas and already has 3,000 satellites in orbit.

Science promotion event aims to spark young students’ interest in space exploration Wed, 21 Sep 2022 05:18:12 +0000

Jing Dunquan, Vice President of China’s Soong Ching Ling Foundation, speaks at a science promotion event that focuses on behind the scenes of China’s manned space program. [Photo provided to China Daily]

A science promotion event that invited scientists to deliver speeches on the development of China’s space industry and astronomical observation wrapped up at the National Library of China on Monday.

The event was broadcast live through the video-sharing platforms of more than 40 media outlets, aiming to inspire more young students to make joint efforts to build the country’s strength in science and technology, as well than in the space industry, in the future.

It was held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of China’s manned space program.

Jing Dunquan, vice president of China’s Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which co-organized the event, said speeches by aerospace scientists and engineers can spark younger generations’ interest in the field, to generate innovative ideas and advance the spirit of exploration.

He says he hopes innovative educational projects can be carried out to promote science among young people, enabling them to embrace a better future.

NASA investigates James Webb Space Telescope instrument problem Tue, 20 Sep 2022 22:34:00 +0000

One of the instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope has encountered a technical problem. The next-generation telescope has been operating at a breakneck pace, returning jaw-dropping science observations from exoplanetsgalaxies and even our local planets. The anomaly is a speed bump in Webb’s work, removing a specific mode of observation.

The Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) is equipped with a camera and spectrograph designed to observe the universe in certain infrared wavelengths that we cannot see. MIRI is good at observing the star forming regions of galaxies.

MIRI uses four observation modes. “On August 24, a mechanism supporting one of these modes, known as moderate resolution spectroscopy (MRS), showed what appears to be an increase in friction when setting up a scientific observation “, said NASA.

The mechanism that ran into the problem is used to select between different wavelengths when Webb makes observations in MRS mode. The telescope team convened a review board on Sept. 6 to look into the issue and determine how to move forward. NASA said the telescope is in good health and MIRI’s other three observing modes are operating normally.

Webb has already withstood a previous incident when a micrometeorite struck by one of its mirrors. The much older Hubble Space Telescope survived a strewn with technical problems during its long life in space. Challenges are pretty much unavoidable, so it’s good news that most of Webb is performing as expected.

Solar flare, like SpaceX satellite crash, disrupts communications Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:30:00 +0000

A solar flare erupted from an outbound sunspot on September 16, releasing a pulse of X-rays and extreme UV radiation that caused shortwave radio blackouts in Africa and the Middle East. Frequencies below 25 MHz were affected up to an hour after the eruption.

The strength of solar flares is measured much like the Richter scale that measures earthquakes. Solar flares are classified as A, B, C, M or X where each successive letter corresponds to a 10-fold increase in energy output. Class A solar flares are barely above background radiation emissions from the sun. reports that the September 16 solar flare, exploding from sunspot AR3098, was an M8 class, meaning it was almost an X flare, the strongest.

According to the UK Met Office Space Weather division, the radio failure was a “moderate” category R2 event (R1 is minor, R5 is extreme).

A map showing extinguished radio frequencies and their geographic location after the September 16, 2022 solar flare. Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Space weather experts believe the solar flare could be accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the solar coronasphere (a million-degree shell of plasma that extends millions of miles from the surface of the sun). According to the Met and other space weather forecasters, the CME could cause a G1 (minor) level geomagnetic instability over the next few days, resulting in small power grid fluctuations and minor impact to satellite operations.

But, as we become increasingly dependent on technology and satellites that are less shielded from solar activity, such events could spell danger.

This was highlighted on February 4 when 38 of SpaceX’s “Starlink” satellites began falling from the sky due to a “minor” G1 class geomagnetic storm. SpaceX’s Starlink is a satellite internet constellation aiming to provide internet access to 40 countries and global mobile phone service after 2023.

Read more: The largest commercial communications network ever created has just been launched. Expect to see it – it’s huge and bright

An M1-class solar flare triggered a CME and a geomagnetic storm. An article published in the Space weather newspaper explains how a seemingly “minor” storm could cause so much damage.

“Although it was only ‘minor’, the storm pumped nearly 1,200 gigawatts of energy into the Earth’s atmosphere,” says lead author Tong Dang, from the University of Science and Technology of China. . “This extra energy heated the Earth’s upper atmosphere and greatly increased the aerodynamic drag of the satellites.”

Of the 49 Starlink satellites crammed into the Falcon 9 rocket launched on February 3, only a quarter survived. The project received a boost last week when SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket with new Starlink satellites.

The satellites will be stationed in a higher orbit in an attempt to mitigate the atmospheric effects that led to the Starlink mess earlier this year.

While solar flares are notoriously difficult (impossible) to predict, scientists warn that powerful flares are going to be more frequent as the sun enters solar cycle 25 and sunspot activity is expected to peak in 2025.

Solar cycles last an average of 11 years and have been tracked since the description of Solar Cycle 1 in 1755.

Read more: Alien ‘diamond’ formed 4.5 billion years ago before crashing into Earth, Australian scientists say

The largest solar flare in the last 500 years occurred about 160 years ago.

On September 1, 1859, Richard Carrington, one of England’s foremost solar astronomers, observed sunspots. While sketching what he saw, Carrington saw beads of blinding white light appear above the sunspots.

Drawing of sunspots by Richard Carrington (1826-1875), English astronomer. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Before dawn the next day, skies across the planet were bathed in red, green and purple auroras, including the Caribbean. Telegraph systems were disrupted and their operators electrocuted, setting the telegraph newspapers on fire.

The incident went down in history as the “Carrington Event” and scientists believe the solar flare was around an X45-class flare, making it the strongest in recorded history.

Other more recent events involving X-class solar flares show just how damaging they can be.

In 1972, a solar flare interrupted long-distance telephone communications across the United States. A solar flare in 1989 left six million Canadians without power for nine hours. And in 2000, an X5-class solar flare on July 14 caused some satellites to short circuit and lead to radio blackouts.

As the solar cycle peaks, space weather scientists warn things are getting pretty choppy. In fact, the sun has already been more active than expected this cycle, and several X-class flares have triggered so far this year.

Scientific alert reports that we can expect more geomagnetic storms when the cycle peaks, including moderate and strong storms. Heavy storms would disrupt satellites and navigation systems.

Wagner Corporation Collaborates with Virgin Orbit to Bring National Air Launch Capability to Australia Tue, 20 Sep 2022 05:00:00 +0000

LONG BEACH, CA & WELLCAMP, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB), a leading launch provider, today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Wagner Corporation, one of the region’s most successful private companies. and owner of Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport and Business Park in Queensland, Australia. The agreement will allow the companies to begin the process of implementing a domestic launch capability from Australia, with the aim of providing satellite launch services from Toowoomba Wellcamp airport using the LauncherOne system of Virgin Orbit.

In pursuit of their joint mission to revolutionize the space industry in Australia, Virgin Orbit and Wagner Corporation are exploring the possibility of certifying Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport as a national spaceport to perform an orbital launch demonstration as early as 2024. cooperative effort is designed to catalyze the maturing Australian space and small satellite solutions market, drive local economic growth, support commercial and civilian efforts, and provide Australian defense and government with a flexible, responsive domestic launch capability and flight-proven in support of a wide range of mission applications.

Leveraging the regional and local expertise of Wagner Corporation and the launch and mission expertise of Virgin Orbit, this collaboration will focus initial efforts on customizing LauncherOne’s operations from Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport to comply Australian regulatory requirements for launch licenses and specific spaceport operations. The two companies aim to develop a roadmap for how LauncherOne’s mobile ground support equipment and other infrastructure could be built and staged at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport to provide Australia with a capability to resilient and proven national launch, and ultimately transform Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport into Australia’s leading space industry. innovation center. The roadmap will seek to define the steps necessary to allow LauncherOne’s first flights to take place from Australia within 16 to 18 months.

“At Virgin Orbit, we expect a day when satellites fly into space from Australia,” said Dan Hart, CEO of Virgin Orbit. “We are delighted to be working alongside Wagner Corporation, one of the region’s most successful private companies, to bring Australia’s first domestic orbital launch. Combining their deep knowledge of infrastructure development and affinity for aerospace with our proven and responsive LauncherOne system, we have all the ingredients to bring spaceflight to Queensland.

President of the Wagner Society, John Wagner said: “Virgin Orbit’s selection of Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport for its new national spaceport to carry out satellite launches has been extremely exciting and another significant boost for Queensland and Australia. Wellcamp Airport and Business Park is on its way to becoming one of the most sustainable carbon neutral destinations in the world. Virgin Orbit will join Boeing and other international companies as part of Wellcamp’s new campus and world-class aerospace and defense compound, with Stage 1 due to be completed by the end of 2024. Attracting business companies such as Virgin Orbit is a recognition of the strategic advantages that Wellcamp Airport and the aerospace and defense industry offer, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship. »

“Australian space is open for business,” said James Brown, CEO of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA). “We are delighted to see a leading global launch company working with Australian industry to develop an agile and responsive solution for space customers.”

About Virgin Orbit

Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB) operates one of the most flexible and responsive space launch systems ever built. Founded by Sir Richard Branson in 2017, the company began commercial service in 2021 and has already put commercial, civilian, national security and international satellites into orbit. Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rockets are designed and manufactured in Long Beach, Calif., and are launched from a modified 747-400 carrier aircraft that allows Virgin Orbit to operate from locations around the world to better respond to needs of each client. Learn more about and visit us at LinkedInon Twitter @virginorbitand on Instagram @virgin.orbit.

About Wagner Corporation

Family-owned Wagner Corporation (ASX: WGN) is renowned for its fearless thinking, quality delivery, trusted partnerships, and proven track record of purpose-built infrastructure and new product development. Wagner Corporation and its associated entities own Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport and Wellcamp Aerospace and Defense Precinct in Queensland, Australia. To learn more, visit or contact

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]]> Voyager Space Announces Ground Laboratory at George Washington Carver Science Park to be Located at Ohio State University Mon, 19 Sep 2022 05:31:58 +0000

George Washington Carver Science Park

Voyager Space Holdings

PARIS, September 19, 2022 – Voyager Space (Voyager), today announced that it has selected a proposal from The Ohio State University, Ohio State, JobsOhio and One Columbus (“Team Ohio”) to locate the terrestrial analogue of the George Washington Carver Science Park (GWCSP) in Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.

The GWCSP, established by Voyager and its operating company Nanoracks, is expected to be a central part of Starlab, the companies’ proposed commercial space station. In December 2021, Voyager and Nanoracks won a $160 million award from NASA to design Starlab as part of NASA’s Commercial Destination Free Flyers (CDFF) effort. The GWCSP is the world’s first science park in space, operating today on the International Space Station (“ISS”). The GWCSP is built on a successful land-based business model where scientists and industry experts share their discoveries, collaborate and use new technologies to advance science and business efforts.

Together, Team Ohio and Voyager have agreed to a two-phase program to complete the development of the GWCSP ground laboratory. The project is still pending review and approval for incentives from JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Development. The effort will begin this year with a facility at the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Next year, the organizations plan to open a stand-alone facility on the Ohio State Aerospace and Air Transportation campus, home to Ohio State University (KOSU) airport, research center Ohio State Aerospace, the Knowlton Executive Flight Terminal and Education Center, and a range of corporate, government, and private aviation and aerospace businesses.

“Ohio is the birthplace of aviation and has a deep-rooted history of aerospace and defense innovation,” said Dylan Taylor, president and CEO of Voyager Space. “It is clear that Ohio offers the most advantageous location for an onshore facility to support the success and long-term use of the George Washington Carver Science Park. The company’s researchers, operators, visionaries and space change makers in Ohio will have the ability to influence and inspire organizations pursuing aerospace research and development and we are excited to partner with Team Ohio on this exciting project.

Ohio colleges and universities collectively train more than 13,000 engineers and engineering technicians each year. The state is home to more than 110,000 public and private aerospace and aviation professionals, as well as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Battelle, NASA Glenn Research Center, the NASA Armstrong Test Facility and the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center, which is at the forefront of innovative technologies allowing drones to fly safely beyond visual line of sight. “George Washington Carver Science Park is a wonderful example of the powerful synergies Ohio offers to commercial space ventures,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “This historic partnership at the intersection of aerospace and agriculture is extraordinary. Together, we will accelerate transformational aerospace technologies as Ohio continues to lead this nation into the aerospace era of the 21st century.

The proposed site for the temporary GWCSP is located within the existing laboratory, classroom, office and meeting space of the Agricultural Engineering Building on the Ohio State campus. In addition to research, teaching, and service operations, this facility also houses the Agricultural Research Service (“ARS”) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) ( NASA and USDA currently have more than 120 joint space agricultural research activities underway.

“By collaborating with Team Ohio, Voyager Space is launching one of the most creative public-private partnerships in one of the most sought-after space destinations on this planet,” said Dr. John Horack, inaugural Neil Armstrong Chair. in aerospace. politics at the College of Engineering and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. “We know that this initial collaborative investment will grow into a larger commercial space research magnet that will serve as the primary North American site for the George Washington Carver Science Park.”

“During my conversations with the Voyager and Nanoracks team, I assured them that Ohio is 100% committed to being a leading innovator in aviation and aerospace,” said Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, director of InnovateOhio. “This partnership between Nanoracks, Voyager and Ohio State represents an important step toward leading this nation toward human-in-orbit commercial space operations, and the people of Ohio will play an important role in the future.”

“The decision to establish the George Washington Carver Science Park at The Ohio State University provides Voyager/Nanoracks with direct access to some of the best research in the world,” said JP Nauseef, President and CEO of JobsOhio. “This commercial space lab will be the most advanced of its kind on Earth, bolstered in Ohio by 100,000 university researchers, faculty, staff and students, as well as partnerships between public, private and university resources that will fuel the innovations that make sustainable living in space possible.

Research conducted at the GWCSP Terrestrial Laboratory will aim to generate positive social, economic, educational, and quality of life outcomes for a wide range of constituents, particularly Ohio’s agricultural community. Some of these benefits include research to preserve Ohio’s water quality, provide better agricultural production, and improve plant and animal genetics for Ohio’s farming community.

“We have only just begun to scratch the surface of the possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead in the ‘Final Frontier’ and our ability to maximize future exploration depends on collaboration between scientists and industry experts,” said Ohio State University President Kristina M. Johnson. “The location of the George Washington Carver Science Park Ground Laboratory on the Ohio State campus will be the best way possible to facilitate this joint effort and ensure that we share resources, research and knowledge across multiple disciplines.”

The GWCSP terrestrial laboratory is expected to include high-rise laboratory space, suitable for scientific research experiments that cover the full range of Starlab’s activities, procedure development, testing, prototyping and other essential activities on the way to spaceflight research.

The George Washington Carver Science Park honors the legacy of the famous American agronomist and inventor who developed hundreds of food products and practical, sustainable farming methods. George Washington Carver Science Park is the first space-dedicated member of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP), a catalyst for global participation in the space research ecosystem. Additionally, Ohio-based Zin Technologies (ZIN) and Universities Space Research Association (USRA), a Washington, DC-based company with a long-standing presence in Ohio, are part of the team. founding leadership of the GWCSP. ZIN advises on the overall design of the laboratory in the GWCSP space and will develop key hardware as needed. The USRA will direct and manage the science park, prioritize and plan research, and oversee science laboratory operations.

About the Voyager Space

Voyager Space is a space technology company dedicated to building a better future for humanity in space and on Earth. With nearly 20 years of spaceflight heritage and more than 1500 successful missions as of July 2022, Voyager provides space station infrastructure and services and technology solutions to commercial users, civil and national security government agencies, institutions academics and research, and more, with the goal of accelerating a sustainable space economy.

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NH’s Lee Morin helps NASA get back to the moon Sun, 18 Sep 2022 22:53:00 +0000

September 18 — Lee Morin was a teenager when these stunning grainy black-and-white images appeared on television: American astronauts walking on the surface of the moon.

Now the Manchester native is part of the NASA team working on the Artemis missions, which aims to bring humans back to the moon and usher in a new era of space exploration.

From the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Morin closely followed NASA’s attempts to launch the Artemis I mission this month. “It’s the culmination of this program that I’ve been involved with since 2005,” he said in a recent phone interview.

After several delays due to technical issues, NASA has another launch window for Artemis I in late September.

“It’s important to realize that these are test flights,” Morin said. “They’ll have delays and they’ll find things, and that’s why they do them.”

Morin, 70, will be the keynote speaker at the union leader’s Wicked STEM event, where high school and college students can connect with companies in science and technology. With activities for students of all ages, the event will take place at the Hampshire Dome in Milford on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artemis I is an integrated, unmanned test of the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System rocket, and ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Once this mission is complete, Morin said: “Next the focus will be on the Artemis II with the crew.”

The second Artemis mission will be a test flight with astronauts on board. Artemis III will bring astronauts – including, for the first time, a woman – to the lunar surface.

Morin’s work focuses on the design of the Orion cockpit. Inside his lab at JSC is a prototype, with three computer screens about 5 feet in diameter.

The new spacecraft is very different inside and out from the space shuttle Atlantis it flew on 20 years ago to the International Space Station, Morin said.

“The shuttle of course had 100 panels and 10 computer screens, but Orion is a capsule, so it’s smaller,” he said. “A lot of things that were once switches are now icons, and what were once books are now electronic procedures.”

Morin also worked on a prototype for one of the new landers that will take astronauts to the lunar surface. He works in partnership with Lockheed engineers to finalize the cockpit software and he writes the user guides.

He builds many of the early prototypes in his garage.

Being part of the new moon missions means a lot to him, Morin said. “It will be about 50 years since the last time someone walked on the moon,” he said. “We are now going to see people walking on the moon in a few years.

“It’s very exciting to be part of humanity and to continue with that, to get people off the planet into space.”

Another element of the Artemis missions is the Gateway, a small outpost that will orbit the moon. Like the ISS, Gateway will be an international company. “The international partners … are very eager to participate with us in this,” he said. “It’s very positive.”

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1974, Morin first earned a master’s degree in biochemistry at New York University School of Medicine, followed by an MD and a doctorate. in microbiology. He served in the Navy as a medic on a submarine, became a flight surgeon, and was deployed as a dive doctor and flight surgeon during Operation Desert Shield.

This diverse background paid off when he applied to NASA in his early 40s to become an astronaut. He was selected in 1996 and flew on Atlantis in 2002, performing two spacewalks.

What struck him the most, looking at Earth, was how thin the atmosphere that protects us looks from space, Morin said. “And it makes you realize… how fragile he is,” he said. “It’s just that little bubble of air that we totally depend on.”

NASA started out as the quintessential boys’ club, but that has changed. The new moon missions are named after Artemis, Apollo’s sister, and for the first time in history, a woman will set foot on the lunar surface.

“It’s the ultimate glass ceiling,” Morin said.

This reflects the diversity of the space agency, Morin said. “It’s not just a white male thing,” he said.

But, he continued, “I can tell you in the astronaut office, … we’re all part of the same team. And whether someone is male or female is not a big part of the equation.”

There is intense international interest in participating in lunar missions, Morin said.

“It was really in the year 2000 that we started a permanent human presence off the planet with the crew of the space station,” he said. “It looks like this will continue, and there will always be at least a few people living off-planet, and that number will grow to a more sustained presence.”

Lunar resources will be essential to provide materials and fuel for future space exploration, including missions to Mars, Morin said.

By the end of this decade, he expects a program to be in place to begin to achieve this.

Given the conflicts and discord in the world today, can nations really cooperate in such an endeavor instead of competing for precious lunar resources? “I think we’ll find a way to do this peacefully,” Morin said. “I’m very optimistic about it.”

When the first moon landing occurred, Morin’s family was living in Algeria; his father was an American diplomat stationed there at the time. “The moon landings really captivated people all over the world,” he recalls.

He expects future missions to have a similar impact on humanity. “I think it will be another inspiring moment, and I think it can be considered an island of peace, like the space station is right now,” he said.

“Countries are doing their best and doing their best.”


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Cast: Elon Musk
Andy Weier
Robert Zubrin
Neil deGrasse Tyson



TV movie


Director: Julia Reagan

Release date: November 11, 2018

The inside story of SpaceX’s plan to bring humanity to Mars, providing unprecedented insight into one of the world’s most groundbreaking companies. A behind-the-scenes journey with Elon Musk and his engineers as they persevere amidst daunting setbacks and huge triumphs to advance the space industry faster than we ever thought possible.


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What are the best space exploration toys?

On September 26, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the Double Asteroid Redirect Test spacecraft directly onto Dimorphos, an Earth-passing asteroid, to test its capabilities in the event of an imminent threat to the planet. It’s an exciting time for space fans and an even better time to introduce the concepts of space exploration to your children. Play is one of the best ways for children to learn. Even if the toy you choose isn’t meant to be educational, it can inspire a fascination that lasts a lifetime.

What to know before buying a space exploration toy

age range

All toys have suggested age ranges. You should always double check the suggested age range for safety reasons and to make sure you are not getting a toy that is too simple or too complex for your child. You can safely fake the numbers on some one or two year old toys if your child is more or less mature than other children.

Education factor

Some space exploration toys are explicitly intended as educational tools. These usually contain books with information about space or are “experiment kits” meant to teach various concepts such as rocketry. If you know your child wants to learn, save yourself the effort of Googling all the answers to their questions by grabbing one of these educational toys.

What are the best space exploration toys to buy?

Toysmith Green Science 4M Solar Rover

This toy gives your kids something to build, something to play with and something to learn all in one. It’s for ages 5 and up, and there are five other kits besides the solar rover.

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Best Ainolway Space Water Beads

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There are 10,000 reusable, recyclable and non-toxic water beads included, plus three large squish balls, two medium squish balls, six small squish balls and two astronauts.

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ArtCreativity Saturn Rocket Plush Toy

This soft toy is ideal for young children as it can stimulate the imagination without being harmful if they fall or if they prick themselves or someone else. It measures 18.5 inches tall.

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Astro Venture Space Playset

This set includes a rocket and a moon rover, plus two small astronauts that can fit inside both. It has lights and sounds to keep young children occupied, and it includes the necessary batteries.

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BooTaa Dartboard

This massive 29-inch space-themed dart board is just as much fun for kids as it is for adults. Because it uses plastic sticky balls, 12 of which are included in four colors, there’s no risk of damaging your walls if it fails.

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Gifts2U Magnetic Rocket Toy

This magnetic set includes 33 pieces that kids can use to build four different rockets or one huge one. The parts are eco-friendly and washable. It comes with a storage container.

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Solar System Floor Puzzle iPlay, iLearn

This 48-piece puzzle is made of polished wood for durability and is intended for ages 3-8. It also includes a planetary exploration guide full of fun facts to help kids learn.

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Best Educational STEM Toy Jackinthebox Space

Educational STEM Toy Jackinthebox Space

This toy for ages 7-10 includes six activities: a space exploration board game, a rocket science experiment, an arts and crafts constellation, a solar system wind chime, a kaleidoscope to build and a recipe to make “moon phase cookies”.

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Best Joyin Rocket Ship Play Tent

Joyin Rocket Ship Play Tent

This play tent is the perfect place to let your child’s imagination soar to the stars. It’s even better when you buy other space-themed toys to fill it up. It measures 41.5 inches wide and 54 inches high in the center.

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Jsinma Space Shuttle Building Set

This 807-piece set is for ages 6-12 and lets you build a space shuttle, lunar lander, and lunar rover. He also comes with four mini figures.

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Best Lego City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control

Lego City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control

This set includes 837 pieces and is intended for ages 7 and up. It comes in frustration-free packaging at an additional cost, and the rocket stands over 16 inches tall when built.

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Best Lego City Lunar Research Base

Lego City Lunar Research Base

This set includes 786 pieces, including six astronaut minifigures, and is aimed at ages 7 and up. It is inspired by real NASA equipment and comes with physical and digital instructions.

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Best Lego Creator Three-in-One Space Explorer

Lego Creator 3-in-1 Space Rover Explorer

This set includes 510 pieces that kids can use to make three different space-themed objects: a large rover, a space fighter and a base. It is intended for children 8 years and older.

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Best Lego Duplo Space Shuttle Mission

Lego Duplo space shuttle mission

This set is for ages 2+ and comes with 23 pieces with larger connectors than standard Legos so they won’t get frustrated.

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Best Small Experimenter Projector Telescope

Little Experimenter Projector Telescope

This telescope is the perfect toy to spark interest in space and astronomy. It comes with three discs with eight images each for 24 projections in total, plus each has a passage in an accompanying guide.

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Best Myriad365 Rocket Science Kit for Kids

Myriad365 Rocket Science Kit for Kids

This rocket building kit is for ages 8 and up and includes enough “fuel” to launch it up to five times and up to 50 feet high. The company is based in Austin, Texas.

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Best Remoking Space Adventure Toy Set

Remoking Space Adventure Playset

This 30-piece set is suitable for children as young as 3 years old and is perfect for households with multiple children. There are several rockets, vehicles and astronauts so that every child can play with a similar toy.

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Best Science Can Talking Astronomy Solar System Model Kit

Science Can Talking Astronomy Solar System Model Kit

It’s full of educational avenues that can keep kids as young as 3 engaged. There are three projection slides with a total of 24 images and the recording can be played in English or Spanish.

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Spooktacular Creations Best Astronaut Helmet

Spooktacular Creations Astronaut Helmet

There’s hardly a better way to help your child feel like a real astronaut than to give them the most important part of the uniform. The fully functional visor is the icing on the cake.

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Watinc Best Outer Space Storyboard

Watinc Outer Space History Chart

Your child can build their own solar system with this felt board and 39 planets and hook-and-loop figures. It also includes four hooks so you can hang it, but you can leave it on the floor.

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