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#147: Astronaut To Be Named Later

April 8th, 2021 · 66 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen discuss traffic management at the International Space Station, upgrades to KSC's ground systems in preparation for SLS and the instruments that will fly with Europa Clipper.

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Links and Show Notes

SpaceX rocket debris creates a fantastic light show in the Pacific Northwest sky - The Verge
SpaceX rocket debris lands on man’s farm in Washington - The Verge
SpaceX launches Starship SN11 rocket prototype, but misses landing | Space
Musk says methane leak doomed latest Starship test flight – Spaceflight Now
Photos show pieces of SpaceX's SN11 scattered across Boca Chica after failed landing
Four astronauts took a Dragon for a spin on Monday morning | Ars Technica
NASA, SpaceX Relocate Crew-1 Dragon; More Crewed Flight Preps Continue – Commercial Crew Program
A Billionaire Names His Team to Ride SpaceX, No Pros Allowed - The New York Times
SpaceX is adding a glass dome on Crew Dragon for 360 views of space - The Verge
NASA’s Mars Helicopter Survives First Cold Martian Night on Its Own
NASA’s Mars helicopter ready for pre-flight checkouts – Spaceflight Now
RS-25 Rocket Engines Return to Launch NASA’s Artemis Moon Missions | NASA

Aerojet Rocketdyne has upgraded 16 RS-25 engines,

Under Pressure! New Rainbird System Will Protect Artemis II – Kennedy Space Center
Under Pressure! New Rainbird System Will Protect Artemis II – Kennedy Space Center
NASA Begins Major Assembly of Rocket Stage for First Crewed Artemis Mission – Artemis
NASA’s Europa Clipper Builds Hardware, Moves Toward Assembly | NASA
On the Path Towards Unprecedented Science – NASA's Europa Clipper
Pimm's Cup Cocktail Recipe | Michael Chiarello | Food Network
ESA Science & Technology - JUICE