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Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Went Silent, Leaving Anxious NASA Team in the Dark

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Went Silent, Leaving Anxious NASA Team in the Dark

Late last week, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter managed to reestablish its connection with the Perseverance rover following a brief communications disruption. The space agency says the looming winter is likely responsible and is making adjustments as a result. On Thursday, Ingenuity—mercifully—sent a signal to Perseverance after the intrepid helicopter missed a scheduled communications session. It marked …

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No One on Jeopardy!  Know About NASA's New Moon Missions

No One on Jeopardy! Know About NASA’s New Moon Missions

Artist’s interpretation of a crewed Artemis mission to the Moon. Picture: NASA A super-discouraging moment happened last week on Jeopardy!when none of the show’s three contestants could answer a very basic question about NASA’s multi-trillion dollar Moon program. The question, as asked by Jeopardy! host Ken Jennings on the May 4 broadcast, fell into the …

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Inaugural Launch of NASA's SLS Rocket Delayed to at Least August 2022

Inaugural Launch of NASA’s SLS Rocket Delayed to at Least August 2022

NASA’s SLS rocket as seen through the windows of Firing Room One in the Rocco A. Petrone Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky NASA will attempt another countdown rehearsal of the Space Launch System in early June, but the space agency warned that multiple tests of its finicky rocket might …

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Russian Motor Spontaneously Explodes in Orbit, Creating Debris Cloud

Russian Motor Spontaneously Explodes in Orbit, Creating Debris Cloud

Space agencies are trying to figure out ways to mitigate the effects of space debris.Photo: Arne Dedert (PA) An old Russian motor that’s been aimlessly floating through space for more than a decade has finally met its demise in a sudden explosion, producing at least 16 shards of orbital debris that now threaten satellites and …

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Axiom Space Crew Splashes Down Near Florida After Extended ISS Stay

Axiom Space Crew Splashes Down Near Florida After Extended ISS Stay

The SpaceX Dragon Endeavor carried the astronauts to and from the low-orbit space station.Picture: NASA Members of the first all-private ISS astronaut team returned from their stay in low Earth orbit on Monday, parachuting down into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. A SpaceX Crew Dragon carrying the four crew members of …

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NASA's 'Lunar Backpack' Could Prevent Astronauts From Getting Lost on the Moon

NASA’s ‘Lunar Backpack’ Could Prevent Astronauts From Getting Lost on the Moon

NASA Planetary Scientist Michael Zanetti testing out the backpack in Potrillo volcanic field in New Mexico.Photo: NASA/Michael Zanetti The Moon is not the kind of place where you want to get lost, but it can get a little tricky trying to trace your dusty footsteps without a GPS system in place. Thankfully, space engineers may …

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Russian Cosmonauts Set Up Futuristic New Robotic Arm on ISS During Six Hour Spacewalk

Russian Cosmonauts Set Up Futuristic New Robotic Arm on ISS During Six Hour Spacewalk

Cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev installed the robotic arm on the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module.Picture: NASA Yesterday, two Russian cosmonauts spent six hours and 37 minutes in low Earth orbit installing a giant robot arm on the International Space Station that’s designed to work autonomously, move its way across the outside of the station, …

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