This week in space: June 19, 2019

You may have noticed I have a new email provider! I’ve moved this newsletter over to Substack because Tinyletter’s interface is terrible. I have no current plans to take this newsletter paid (and if I do, the weekly link round-up will always be free) so you shouldn’t see any changes there. Now, onto the space news.

Welcome to Give Me Space, a weekly round-up of the most interesting things happening in space news.

Lillian Cunningham is hosting a new podcast from The Washington Post called “Moonrise” that explores the reasoning behind America’s decision to send astronauts to the moon (the original moonshot, as it were). Not enough attention gets paid to the politics behind the Apollo program, so I’m really interested to listen to this.

As we get closer to the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, we’re going to be seeing more and more retrospectives. Clara Moskowitz has a great piece at Scientific American on why we need another moonshot.

For all you space picture fans, we’ve got a new look at the asteroid Bennu! Meghan Bartels has the details at Space.com.

In honor of Pride Month, Lisa Grossman wrote a lovely article at New Scientist about what Sally Ride meant to her.

Over at The Verge, Loren Grush reads a government report so the rest of us don’t have to. An interesting piece of information: government agencies have spent $7.2 billion on private aerospace companies since the year 2000.

Sarah Kaplan wrote an amazing ode to our moon over in The Washington Post. If you think the moon is boring, she’ll convince you otherwise.

I know this issue seems like a WaPo love fest, and that isn’t intentional, but Julie Vitkovskaya co-wrote an article over there in which 50 astronauts discussed what it was like to be in space in their own words. It’s clear that a lot of work went into this from many different reporters, and the result is pretty great.

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