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2000 sols and a whole lotta science later, Curiosity keeps on roving

Hey, space peeps. First off, a couple of much needed corrections from last week’s issue. As Ryan sugg
2000 sols and a whole lotta science later, Curiosity keeps on roving
By Joost Schuur • Issue #6 • View online
Hey, space peeps. First off, a couple of much needed corrections from last week’s issue. As Ryan suggests, the SpaceX hardware that Elon said might be doing ‘short up and down flights’ next year was likely not the entire BFR, but rather the upper stage ‘BFS’ component, or possibly even a scale version of it. Still a lot we don’t know. More embarrassingly, I spelled Stephen Hawking’s name wrong. Sincere apologies. Don’t worry Joost… you’ve only got 18 subscribers so far!
I shamelessly messaged a few people doing the space news thing a lot better than me, and the consensus seems to be to try and keep the newsletter a bit shorter. This one doesn’t have quite as many stories, but that’s mainly because there weren’t as many as in the past couple of weeks. One thing I’d like to keep find room for is those smaller, inspirational Mars stories about school projects and small businesses playing their part in Mars education and exploration. Plenty of room at the space game.
The biggest news items of the week were probably Curiosity’s 2000th sol on Mars and a hint that SpaceX might be building future Mars bound ships at the Port of Los Angeles. Also plenty of Mars science talk at this year’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Twitter is a good place to start for that.
Speaking of conferences, isn’t it awfully convenient of Jeff Bezos to have a conference called MARS, when it’s not actually about our favorite Red Planet (yet)? He’s been pretty quiet about any Blue Origin’s plans beyond Earth orbit so far, leaving the ambitious visions (and bold talk) to Musk.
PS: Pleased to see someone else starting a weekly Mars newsletter too! Have a look at Aspiring Martians, and subscribe to theirs.

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover looks uphill at Mount Sharp
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover looks uphill at Mount Sharp
Exploration
Next NASA Mars Rover Reaches Key Milestone
Beautiful Mars
The Inevitability of Erosion
The Inevitability of Erosion
Science & Tech
Ancient Oceans on Mars May Have Been Older and Shallower Than Thought
Testing instruments in the Black Forest
Comets and asteroids shower Mars with organics
InSight Lander: Probing the Martian Interior
Space Policy
President Trump’s false claim that Clinton wouldn’t have sent humans to Mars
Mars Anlog
Simulated EVA mission near the MDRS in southern Utah
Simulated EVA mission near the MDRS in southern Utah
HI-SEAS Mission VII Recruiting Crew
Misc
17-Year-Old Alyssa Carson Wants to Be the First Person on Mars
March ‘18 Mars Mission Update by Ryan MacDonald
March ‘18 Mars Mission Update by Ryan MacDonald
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