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April 30, 2021

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Space.com

However, with the success of its first three flights, NASA has decided to extend the helicopter mission an additional 30 sols and shift it into an “operations demonstration phase” that will test additional capabilities of the craft. (One sol, or Mars day, is about 40 …

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Space.com

The Crew-1 astronauts — NASA’s Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi — are waiting at the space station for their return home. With them are three members of the Soyuz …

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Space.com

Update for 1:45 pm ET: SpaceX is apparently not attempting a Starship SN15 test flight today and road closures were lifted near their Starbase facility. The video above is provided by NASASpaceflight.

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The Planetary Society

Earth is the only planet known to support life. It offers liquid water, an oxygen-rich atmosphere, and protection from the Sun’s harmful radiation. By exploring the cosmos, we learn more about Earth and how life evolved here. Asteroids occasionally impact Earth …

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Washington Post

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX this weekend will attempt the first U.S. splashdown of returning astronauts in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot in 1968. Elon Musk’s company is targeting the predawn hours of Sunday to bring back three NASA …

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Space.com

“Aim high, and fly, fly again. The #MarsHelicopter’s ambitious fourth flight didn’t get off the ground, but the team is assessing the data and will aim to try again soon. We …

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Washington Post

NASA on Friday said the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is now slated to undock from the space station at 8:35 p.m. Eastern Saturday and splash down Sunday at 2:57 a.m.. NASA’s space …

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The New York Times

Deep-sea sponges are not known for their mobility. After all, they lack muscles, nervous systems and organs. And forget about fins or feet for traveling the Arctic seafloor. But new research suggests these ancient life-forms can and do, indeed, get around …

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Phys.Org

For several years now, scientists have known that a glacier can also actually detach from the mountain rock and gush down to the valley at speeds of up to 300 kilometers an hour as a fluid ice-rock avalanche.

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Spaceflight Now

A decade in the making, the core stage for NASA’s first Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket rolled into the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center Thursday to join up with twin solid rocket boosters and an Orion capsule for an unpiloted test …

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