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#106: One Robot Closet

August 27th, 2019 · 66 minutes

The first SLS is taking shape, as are Starhopper and Europa Clipper. Stephen struggles with a name and then Jason introduces a new segment.

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Links and Show Notes

India's Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft Scouts the Moon in New Lunar Photos | Space
Europa Clipper's Mission to Jupiter’s Icy Moon Confirmed | NASA
NASA Has Committed to a Rocket for the Europa Mission--and It Won't Be Ready on Time - Scientific American
NASA OIG on Clipper and SLS (PDF)
After a botched docking attempt, Russia delivers a humanoid robot to the space station - The Verge
Russian and U.S. Spaceship Activities Keep Crew Busy – Space Station
Russian Soyuz Spacecraft Carrying Humanoid Robot Aborts Docking at Space Station | Space
РОСКОСМОС on Twitter: Skybot F850
Eris (dwarf planet) - Wikipedia
NASA Administrator Says Pluto Is Still a Planet, And Things Are Getting Heated
SpaceX scrubs Starhopper test flight on Monday evening [Updated] | Ars Technica
Boeing completes first NASA SLS engine section, getting ready for final Core Stage mate -
All Booster Segments for NASA’s Artemis 2 Mission Completely Cast | NASA
NASA Marshall to Lead Artemis Program’s Human Lunar Lander Development | NASA
NASA chief alienates Senators needed to fund the Moon program | Ars Technica
Will NASA’s Artemis Moon Mission Have An All-Female Crew?
Actually, NASA is looking at all options for the Moon—including prizes | Ars Technica
One could fly to Mars in this spacious habitat and not go crazy | Ars Technica
Hole That Caused Leak in Russian Spacecraft Possibly Traced to Assembly or Testing: Report | Space
NASA Astronaut Anne McClain Refutes Space Crime Claim by Spouse as Divorce Details Emerge | Space
The first alleged crime committed in space raises questions about jurisdiction in orbit - The Verge
Space Station's Data Rate Increase Supports Future Exploration | NASA
SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon | WIRED
Chris Johnson on Twitter
Tardigrade - Wikipedia