Space policy roundup – Feb.21.2020

A sampling of links to recent space policy, politics, and government (US and international) related space news and resource items that I found of interest (find previous space policy roundups here):


** Episode T+148: Gerst to SpaceX, and Why Landing is Part of Mission Success – Main Engine Cut Off

Long-time head of human spaceflight at NASA, Bill Gerstenmaier, has joined SpaceX as a consultant, but everyone is excited for the wrong reasons. And SpaceX missed a booster landing on their most recent Starlink launch, which prompted a new round of debates over whether booster recovery is part of mission success or not.

** The Space Show – Tue, 02/18/2020Nick Nielsen talked about his Bound in Shallows (pdf) essay including “a discussion of the major points offered up by Nick in this important essay impacting space going forward”.

** February 18, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** Life=Matter+Information: Paul Davies and the Demon in the Machine | The Planetary Society

Physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and author Paul Davies’ new book explores what he believes to be the defining quality of life on Earth and perhaps elsewhere. He talks about this and much more in a special, extended conversation. Paul’s book is one of the prizes in the new What’s Up space trivia contest.


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