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Four astronauts splash in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida after spending 6 months in space

Four astronauts have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, in what was Nasa’s first night-time landing in 53 years. The crew consist of three Nasa astronauts and one from Japan’s space agency Jaxa, who spent almost six months in space. They flew back in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Resilience and splash-landed off Panama City, […]

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Nasa pushes Mars Ingenuity helicopter to its limits by extending its mission

The US space agency has announced it is extending its Mars helicopter mission. Nasa said the first three flights of the drone, called Ingenuity, had worked so well it would now be moving from a demonstration to an operational phase. This means the chopper will support Nasa’s Perseverance Rover, helping with its hunt for signs […]

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NASA helicopter makes third flight on Mars, travels 50 meters at top speed

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has completed its third flight on Mars, flying “faster and farther” than it did in any test flights on Earth. The United States space agency in a statement on Sunday said the helicopter travelled 50 metres at a top speed of two metres per second. It was Ingenuity’s third flight since it […]

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Nasa’s Perseverance rover makes breathable oxygen on Mars

Nasa’s Perseverance rover on Mars has made oxygen from the planet’s carbon dioxide atmosphere. It’s the second successful technology demonstration on the mission, which flew a mini-helicopter twice. READ: Ingenuity helicopter completes 2nd successful test flight The oxygen generation was performed by a toaster-sized unit in the rover called Moxie, the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource […]

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NASA: Ingenuity helicopter completes 2nd successful test flight

Nasa’s Ingenuity helicopter on Mars completed a second successful flight on Thursday. Ingenuity autonomously flew for almost 52 seconds this time, climbing 16 feet up through the Martian atmosphere. After a brief hover, it tilted at a 5-degree angle and moved sideways for 7 feet. The helicopter hovered in place again to make several turns. […]

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Ingenuity: Nasa successfully flies small drone on Mars

NASA successfully flew a small helicopter on Mars. The drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute, but Nasa is celebrating what represents the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world. Confirmation came via a satellite at Mars which relayed the chopper’s data back to Earth. The space agency is […]

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SpaceX awarded contract to build moon lander for Nasa

SpaceX was awarded a contract to build a lander that will return humans to the Moon this decade for American space agency Nasa. This vehicle will carry the next man and the first woman down to the lunar surface under the space agency’s Artemis programme. Another goal of the programme will be to land the […]

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NASA space probe leaves huge mess in space after grabbing asteroid samples

A NASA spacecraft that grabbed a load of asteroid rubble last year for return to Earth, left a huge mess in space. The Osiris-Rex spacecraft made one final flyby of asteroid Bennu on April 7 to take photos of the disturbance left by October’s sample collection. A depression was visible where Osiris-Rex penetrated the asteroid”s […]

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NASA delays Ingenuity helicopter’s first flight on Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, originally scheduled to fly on Mars Sunday, is now set to take off no earlier than April 14, the space agency said. The helicopter returned data to mission teams on Earth late Friday evening that caused NASA to reschedule the first flight. The team reports that the helicopter remains safe and healthy […]

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NASA’s Ingenuity mini-helicopter touches down on Mars’s surface ahead of first flight

NASA’s Ingenuity mini-helicopter has been dropped on the surface of Mars in preparation for its first flight, the US space agency said. The ultra-light aircraft had been fixed to the belly of the Perseverance rover, which touched down on the Red Planet on February 18. “MarsHelicopter touchdown confirmed!” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted on Saturday. […]

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Inspiration4: World’s first all-civilian spaceflight crew to orbit

A college science professor and an aerospace data analyst were named on Tuesday to round out a four-member crew for a SpaceX launch into orbit planned later this year billed as the first all-civilian spaceflight in history. The two latest citizen astronauts were introduced at a news briefing livestreamed from the Kennedy Space Center in […]

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Asteroid Apophis won’t crash into Earth for at least another 100 years: NASA

American space agency NASA confirmed that out planet was ‘safe’ from a once-feared asteroid for the next 100 years at least. NASA had deemed Apophis to be one of the most dangerous asteroids to Earth after its discovery in 2004. Close calls in 2029 and 2036 were predicted and later ruled out. A slight threat […]