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NASA wants to use its Mars helicopter to support Perseverance rover

After making history and completing two additional flights, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter could soon attempt even more ambitious forays into the skies of the Red Planet. On Friday, NASA announced it plans to transition the rotorcraft to an operational role once it completes its remaining test flights. NASA says those flights will involve more precise […]

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SpaceX’s reused Crew Dragon capsule docks with the ISS

A new international crew of astronauts, riding SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, has arrived at the International Space Station (ISS). The astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Friday morning. […]

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Amazon buys nine ULA rocket launches for its space internet satellites

Amazon bought nine launches from the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture United Launch Alliance to send its internet-beaming Kuiper satellites into space, the companies announced. It is Amazon’s first launch agreement. The nine rockets will help it start putting the more than 3,200 satellites that will eventually make up its Project Kuiper constellation in low Earth orbit. […]

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NASA’s Mars helicopter becomes the first aircraft to fly on another planet

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter nailed a successful debut test flight on Mars, engineers confirmed early Monday morning. The tiny spacecraft lifted itself 10 feet off the Martian surface for 39 seconds, marking the first powered flight on another world. The historic demonstration opens up tantalizing possibilities for a new mode of planetary travel that could send […]

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NASA’s Mars rover drops off Ingenuity helicopter ahead of historic flight

NASA’s Perseverance rover released the Ingenuity helicopter onto the surface of Mars Saturday, leaving behind the experimental flying drone to survive on its own power until attempting a historic hop in the Red Planet’s thin carbon dioxide atmosphere. The milestone kicks off a week of checkouts and testing before NASA commits to the $80 million […]

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NASA’s TESS spacecraft has already found 2,200 possible planets

NASA’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) handily beat its goals. The space agency has revealed that its spacecraft has spotted over 2,200 potential planets since beginning its mission in 2018. Hundreds of those are smaller planets, some of which could include rocky worlds that are more Earth-like (though not necessarily habitable). TESS was originally expected […]