Space policy roundup – Sept.21.2021

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):

International space


** Tour of NASA Moon Rover South Pole Landing Site – NASA

In 2023, NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, will land near the western edge of the Nobile Crater at the Moon’s South Pole to map and explore the region’s surface and subsurface for water and other resources. Learn more:…

** The Space Show – Tuesday, Sept.14.2021Dr. Thomas Matula discussed “his two papers and ideas on space settlement and the benefits for Earth from space settlement“.

** Shenzhou-12 Taikonauts Safely Return to Earth, More News on China’s Mars UAV, Weekly Launch UpdateDongfang Hour – YouTube

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup! A kind reminder that we cover many more stories every week in our Newsletter (

This week, we discuss:
00:00 Introduction
01:00 The Shenzhou 12 crew de-orbits and returns safely to Earth
06:29 Major launch update including Space Transportation and Orienspace
18:10 Updates on China’s Mars UAV

See also the show summary at Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 13 – 19 September 2021 – SpaceWatch.Global.

** A new fleet of Moon landers will set sail next year, backed by private companies – Science/AAAS

Who knew outsourcing could extend to outer space? In some ways, that’s the aim of NASA’s $2.6-billion initiative meant to galvanize the private sector’s development of Moon landers and rovers.

** Space Café WebTalk – Law Breakfast 4 – 22. July 2021spacewatch. global – News Room – YouTube

In the latest Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland”, Steven Freeland and Torsten Kriening welcomed Elina Morozova and Andrzej Misztal at the wonderful ‘Coffee-Desk’ Café in Warsaw.

** Space Policy Edition: The cultural rituals of space advocacy, with Linda Billings – Planetary Radio/Planetary Society

Communication is culture, says Dr. Linda Billings, an expert in social science and space outreach. So what culture is summed by the types of space advocacy that call for pioneering, colonization and conquest of nature? Linda talks about the importance of language and context when advocating for space, and how we should consider other cultural values and frameworks for effective public engagement.

** September 17, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman

** September 14, 2021 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast – Behind The Black/Robert Zimmerman


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