Space policy roundup – Jan.11.2021

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):

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** ESA preview 2021European Space Agency, ESA

As the world leaves behind the strange and challenging year of 2020, we look towards 2021 with a mixture of relief and expectation. And this is the same at ESA, where we look forward to a brighter and very exciting 2021. This year will see Vega-C making its maiden flight, two ESA astronauts start long-duration missions on board the International Space Station, and BepiColombo and Solar Orbiter continuing their voyages around the Solar System. Also this year, we will say farewell to our current Director General Jan Wörner as his tenure ends, while welcoming into office his successor, Josef Aschbacher.

** The Space Show – Jan.5.2021Trent Tresch and Kai Staats talked “about their new Moon and Mars simulation project to take place on the campus of what was Biosphere 2“.

** Hotel Mars – John Batchelor Show/The Space ShowDr. Jeffrey Foust of Space News talked with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingstonabout space in the Biden Admin, the ISS, and more“.

**  Casey Dreier: Are Changes Coming to NASA/US Space Policy – Weekly Space Hangout: December 9, 2020

We are pleased to once again welcome Casey Dreier from the Planetary Society to the WSH. Casey will update us (as much as possible) about Space Policy changes that may occur once the new American Presidential administration takes office on January 20, 2021. As Chief Advocate, Casey is the public face of The Planetary Society’s efforts to advance planetary exploration, planetary defense, and the search for life. He educates and empowers the organization’s members to take political action. He writes, teaches, and speaks to The Society’s members, the public, and policymakers to impress upon them the importance, relevancy, and excitement of space exploration….

** >Episode 47: Congress and the Near Future of SpaceAerospace Corp – Center for Space Policy & Strategy (CSPS)

** NASA in 2021: What’s on the space agency’s agenda? VideoFromSpace/

NASA has high aspirations for 2021. See what they are up to in this highlight reel.

** January 7, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast


A view of Jupiter from the Juno probe during its Perijove 26. Image processing highly enhanced the vertical relief. Credits: Kevin M. Gill

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