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New Earth Observation Plan Encourages National Collaboration; Lawrence Friedl Quoted

An office within the White House has updated a strategy on Earth observation data with efforts to better collaborate with industry and other sectors, Space News reported Wednesday. The Office of Science and Technology Policy's National Science and Technology Council released the National Plan for Civil Earth Observations on Monday.

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University of Arizona Prepares for Next Phase of NEO Surveillance Mission

A team of astronomers from the University of Arizona plans the next phase of the projected NASA mission that aims to develop a space-based infrared telescope designed to detect potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids. 

Professor Amy Mainzer of UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and her team will provide documentation and reviews to help the space agency decide whether to begin the preliminary design phase of the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Mission in 2020, the university said Tuesday

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NASA to Prepare SLS Core Stage for Potential 2021 Launch

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, has announced the completion of the core stage that would support the first Artemis mission's launch, Space News reported Tuesday. The space agency's Michoud Assembly Facility is ready to send out the Space Launch System rocket's core stage by this year's end, ahead of the launch scheduled for 2021.

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Robert Pearce to Lead NASA Aeronautics Directorate Full-Time

Robert Pearce, the acting associate administrator of NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, has been appointed to assume his role on a full-time basis. He oversees the strategy moving NASA's research across multiple aeronautical areas such as airspace operations, aviation concepts and integrated aviation systems, the space agency said Tuesday.

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NASA Officials Highlight Importance of SLS for Future Lunar Missions

Doug Loverro, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations, said the space agency essentially requires the Space Launch System to pursue the manned lunar mission planned for 2024, Space News reported Wednesday. Loverro made this statement with Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, against criticisms on SLS' high sustainment costs compared to those of commercial launch vehicles.

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NASA Unveils Launch Communications Ground Segment to Support Artemis Mission

NASA has officially opened one of the three permanent ground stations of the Near Earth Network’s Launch Communications Segment that will provide services to support future space explorations including the Artemis moon landing mission. 

The space agency said Wednesday the Kennedy Uplink Station, located at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will work with companion ground stations Ponce De Leon and Bermuda to facilitate communications for Artemis launch missions. 

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