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Comprehensive Space Law Calendar For 2019

January 1st, 2019|News|

In order to stay informed, it is highly important that you remember and attend Space Law events. Here are the upcoming events for 2019! Do not miss out on essential opportunities to stay up to date on the most progressive law in the universe. [...]

MASCOT Landing on Asteroid Ryugu a Successful Mission

December 3rd, 2018|News|

An asteroid called 162173 Ryugu us a near-Earth object measuring approximately 1 kilometer (0.6 mi) in diameter. It is a dark object of the rare spectral type Cg, with qualities of a C-type asteroid and also a G-type asteroid. The current value, for mining [...]

Night Sky Events This Month – December 2018

December 1st, 2018|News|

December 2 – 69P/Taylor reaches its brightest December 3 – C/2018 L2 (ATLAS) at perihelion December 5 – Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury December 7 - New Moon - The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be [...]

Planetary Resources Acquisition

December 1st, 2018|News|

Planetary Resources once aimed to be the leading provider of resources for people and products in space. It described itself as being the world’s first commercial deep space exploration program. The purpose of the program was to identify and unlock the water resources necessary [...]

NASA Encourages Commercial Companies to Take Charge

November 1st, 2018|News|

Now that it is not on the governmental list of things to do, commercial companies are proposing missions to the moon at a rapid pace. Lunar missions have not had this activity planning since the Apollo program. The commercial companies now have the means [...]

Night Sky Events This Month – November 2018

November 1st, 2018|News|

November 4 – 64P/Swift-Gehrels at perihelion November 5 – Conjunction of the Moon and Venus November 5, 6 - Taurids Meteor Shower - The Taurids is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is unusual in that it consists of two [...]

Night Sky Events This Month – October 2018

October 1st, 2018|News|

October 1 – M110 is well placed October 2 – Moon at Last Quarter; M32 is well placed October 3 – NGC 253 is well placed October 4 – Close approached of the Moon and M44 October 5 – Moon at perigee October 7 – 1 Ceres at solar conjunction; [...]

Night Sky Events This Month – September 2018

September 1st, 2018|News|

September 1: Low in the west-southwestern sky Venus will be situated only a finger's width to the lower left of the bright naked-eye star Spica in Virgo. Visible in binoculars or telescope September 2: Last Quarter Moon September 2: Mercury at perihelion September 2: Aldebaran passes the moon [...]

Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in Asteroid Mining

September 1st, 2018|News|

The first mention of asteroid mining was in the science fiction story by Garrett P. Serviss called Edison's Conquest of Mars published in the New York Evening Journal in 1898. Now, there is a new space mining program at the Colorado School of Mines. [...]

Is Space Technology Outpacing Space Law?

August 5th, 2018|News|

Within five to seven years, more satellites will be launched into space than in the history satellites. Space policy hasn’t been a high priority on our government’s agenda. Today’s most innovative companies’ plans are being disrupted by antiquated rules and regulations. The United Nations [...]

Orbital Debris Mitigation Practices and Why They Are So Important

April 5th, 2018|News|

One of the top priorities for NASA is regulating the increase of orbital debris in near-Earth space. Orbital debris includes man-made objects orbiting about the Earth with no useful purpose and also naturally occurring primitive materials such as meteoroid particles. Primitive materials are those [...]

Timeline of the Evolution of Space Debris

March 5th, 2018|News|

1960s: Need to better understand space environmental threats to human spaceflight mission. Biggest concern is natural space debris specifically micrometeoroids. 1970s: Explosions begin creating more human-generated space debris. Kessler & Cour-Palais warn human-generated space debris may eventually become bigger threat than natural space debris. 1980s: More explosions, [...]

Falcon Heavy Leads the Way to Planetary Exploration

February 5th, 2018|News|

One of the greatest visionaries in the galaxy is set to launch the one of the most powerful and operational rockets ever assembled into space this week.  Elon Musk, who's imagination is as deep as a black hole, is not only the founder of [...]

The Militarization of Space

January 5th, 2018|News|

Regular readers may recognize a recurring theme of the Captain's Blog in examining the ways that nations have abandoned and continue to depart from the spirit, if not the letter, of the foundational Outer Space Treaty of 1967.  While other international treaties, notably the Limited [...]

Asgardia: Will you be a citizen?

December 5th, 2017|News|

While many of us were contemplating our upcoming holiday menus, a relatively-new "space nation" called Asgardia was launching its first satellite, the eponymous Asgardia-1, from a Nasa facility in Virginia. While this may at first appear trivial or gimmicky, an astute observer will note [...]

President Trump Nominates Jim Bridenstine to Lead Nasa

September 5th, 2017|News|

Today, President Donald J. Trump nominated Oklahoma Republican Congressman James "Jim" Bridenstine to serve as the next administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the $18 billion-dollar US agency leading the federal government's space exploration efforts. Bridenstine gained recognition during his three terms [...]

Luxembourg Allows Commercialization of Space for Profit

August 5th, 2017|News|

As astute readers would expect, Luxembourg has become the first European state to follow America's lead and codify a legal framework to bypass the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 and the Moon Treaty of 1979 and allow the commercialization of the resources in outer [...]

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