NASA selected 3 teams to work on unpressurized rovers for Artemis, while Japan signed on officially to provide a pressurized rover in exchange for seats on Artemis landers. Elsewhere, Mitsubishi took a stake in Starlab, and I still needed to catch up on Starship’s 3rd flight and the ensuing update from SpaceX.

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NASA selects three companies to advance Artemis lunar rover designs – SpaceNewsJapanese astronauts to land on moon as part of new NASA partnership – SpaceNewsMitsubishi takes stake in Starlab Space – SpaceNewsStarship Flight 3 Excels through most Major Milestones – NASASpaceFlight.comSpaceX planning rapid turnaround for next Starship flight – SpaceNewsElon Musk just gave another Mars speech—this time the vision seems tangible | Ars Technica

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