Exploration: September 2017 Archives

Keith's note: Oddly, Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye sat in the audience before Elon Musk spoke and said that no one wants to colonize Mars. Note his coworker Emily Lakdawalla's statement. Yet his organization expects to be able to lobby Congress, NASA, and the White House to get more money for planetary science while bashing human space flight - a clear priority for this Administration.

NASA, Roscosmos Sign Joint Statement on Researching, Exploring Deep Space

"This joint statement reflects the common vision for human exploration that NASA and Roscosmos share. Both agencies, as well as other International Space Station partners, see the gateway as a strategic component of human space exploration architecture that warrants additional study. NASA has already engaged industry partners in gateway concept studies. Roscosmos and other space station partner agencies are preparing to do the same."

Keith's note: Despite a flurry of news stories claiming that NASA and Roscomos have agreed to build a space station orbiting the Moon the agreement they signed only talks about exploration studies. No one has committed any funding to a specific architecture. Besides, NASA has no funding for the Deep Space Gateway. Congress is not all that supportive of the Deep Space Gateway and wants to see continued suport of LEO infrastructure like ISS while stimulating private sector development of cis-lunar space.

BoldlyGo Institute and NASA Sign Space Act Agreement for Joint Cooperation on Project Blue Mission

"The Space Act Agreement is non-reimbursable, with no exchange of funds between NASA and BoldlyGo. It allows NASA employees - scientists and engineers - to interact with the Project Blue team through its mission development phases to help review mission design plans and to share scientific results on Alpha Centauri and exoplanets along with the latest technology tests being undertaken at NASA facilities. NASA's engagement in its consulting role will be triggered through a set of milestones as technical work is accomplished and the private consortium leading Project Blue raises the funds necessary to continue mission development. The agreement also calls for the raw and processed data from Project Blue to be made available to NASA within one year of its acquisition on orbit via a publicly accessible online data archive. The Project Blue team has been planning such an archive for broadly sharing the data with the global astronomical community and for enabling citizen scientist participation."

Project Blue Mission For Earthlike Planets in Alpha Centauri Rallies Community Support

"On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, BoldlyGo Institute launched a crowdfunding campaign to help support the initial design phase of mission development."

Space Telescope Designed to Directly Image the Habitable Zone of Alpha Centauri

Keith's 6 Sept note: As of 8:05 pm EDT, after only 12 hours, $45,065 or 26% of the $175,000 goal has already been raised.
Keith's 12 Sept update: As of 8:50 am today, after less than a week, $66,129 or 38% has been raised



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