Space policy roundup – May.8.2020

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):

International space


** The Space Show – Tue, 05/05/2020Dr. Haym Benaroya talked about “about returning to the Moon, our lunar return policy, plus the technology and advancements we need to make to return to the Moon”:

** Weekly Space Hangout: May 6, 2020 – Human Exploration of the Moon and Mars – Universe Today – Includes an interview with Pascal Lee who

… is chairman of the Mars Institute, planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, and director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) at NASA Ames. He holds an ME in geology and geophysics from the University of Paris, and a PhD in astronomy and space sciences from Cornell.

Pascal’s research focuses on water and caves on the Moon and Mars, the origin of Mars’ moons, and the future human exploration of the Moon and Mars. He has led over 30 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica for analog studies, including a 402-day winter-over in Antarctica. He is a recipient of the United States Antarctic Service Medal. He also works on surface systems for future Moon and Mars exploration, including drones, hoppers, rovers, spacesuits, and habitats. Pascal was scientist-pilot for NASA’s first field test of the SEV concept pressurized rover. He also led the Northwest Passage Drive Expedition, a record-setting vehicular traverse on sea-ice along the fabled Northwest Passage and the subject of the award-winning documentary film Passage To Mars (2016). He currently leads the HMP’s Astronaut Smart Glove project and JPL’s GlobeTrotter planetary hopper concept study.

** Hotel Mars on John Batchelor Show – Wed, 04/29/2020 John Batchelor and David Livingston spoke with Dr. Haym Benaroya of Rutgers about “Electromagnetic pulse event (EMP), hardening technologies, rogue nations, grid upgrade costs and more”.

** May 1, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** May 6, 2020 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast | Behind The Black

** Space Policy Edition: Our Moral Obligation to Explore Space | The Planetary Society

Are we morally obligated to pursue space exploration? What ethical considerations should we consider when creating space policy? Philosopher James Schwartz joins the show to address these questions and talk about his new book, The Value of Science in Space Exploration.

** Views on Space | Analog Astronauts | NSS

The National Space Society is proud to present “”Views On Space / Views From Space,” exclusive 4K short film series introduced by our president, Geoffrey Notkin. Inspiring, one-on-one interviews invite you to meet brilliant astronauts, engineers, spacecraft designers, and visionaries on the ever-evolving frontline of the Second Great Age of Space Exploration.

In Episode One, analog astronaut, author, television host, geologist, and sustainability professor , Dr. Sian Proctor, relates how her father’s friendship with Neil Armstrong set her on the starry road to cosmic adventure.

** Space Force rolls out recruitment video: ‘Maybe your purpose isn’t on this planet’ –

** Space Café WebTalk Recap: “33 minutes with Frank Salzgeber” – SpaceWatch.GlobalSlides (pdf)

This week’s Space Café WebTalk took place on 5 May 2020, featuring Frank Salzgeber, Head of Innovation and Ventures Office at the European Space Agency (ESA), in conversation with Torsten Kriening, co-publisher of SpaceWatch.Global and COO of ThorGroup GmbH.

Frank Salzgeber discussed the ESA’s sustainable and immersive support for space startups and space entrepreneurs in a very engaging way, offering useful and interesting information to the audience.


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