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August 13, 2021

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Space.com

Perseverance Mars rover fumbled 1st sampling attempt because of ‘unique’ powdery rock, NASA finds

Perseverance launched to the Red Planet on Feb. 18 to search for signs of ancient Mars life and collect and store samples for future study back on Earth. However, when the rover made its first attempt to …

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Space.com

Solar Orbiter spacecraft sends postcard from Venus in flyby video

The video was taken by Solar Orbiter’s Heliospheric Imager, or SoloHI, as the joint European Space Agency (ESA)/NASA satellite zipped by the hot and cloudy planet at a distance of 4,967 miles (7,995 kilometers).

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Spaceflight Now

Cygnus supply ship arrives at space station with four tons of cargo

Closing out a 36-hour flight from a launch pad in Virginia, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station Thursday with a host of biomedical experiments, supplies for a 3D printing tech demo, fresh food, and spare parts.

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Space.com

Boeing’s Starliner launch, a critical test flight for NASA, delayed indefinitely as capsule heads back to factory

With @NASA, we’ve decided to stand down for this launch window to make way for other national priority missions,” Boeing tweeted today, referring to the upcoming launch of a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft.

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CNN

Mars on Earth: Apply for NASA’s simulated Martian mission

It’s the first of three one-year missions called Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog, or CHAPEA, to help NASA prepare for the challenges astronauts may face when they finally get the chance to explore and live on the red planet in future human …

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CBS News

Boeing gives up on near-term launch of Starliner space capsule

Around-the-clock work to fix valve problems that derailed an August 3 attempt to launch Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule on an unpiloted test flight was called off Friday, delaying another try until after NASA launches a higher-priority asteroid probe in mid …

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Phys.Org

Engineers make critical advance in quantum computer design

Quantum engineers from UNSW Sydney have removed a major obstacle that has stood in the way of quantum computers becoming a reality. They discovered a new technique they say will be capable of controlling millions of spin qubits—the basic units of …

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The New York Times

Boeing’s Starliner Launch Is Delayed, Again, Possibly Until Next Year

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft has been recalled to the factory because of sticky valves. The Starliner is designed to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station, and was already years behind schedule. Earlier problems with the spacecraft …

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Slate Magazine

Spacesuits and Other Issues Mean NASA Isn’t Landing on the Moon in 2024

Sure, the new xEMU suit solves a lot of the problems of previous suits. First, it significantly expands the range of people it can fit. That was a massive issue when NASA planned (and was …

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Bloomberg

A $500 Million Spacesuit? Welcome to NASA Contracting.

Spiraling costs and repeated delays are imperiling the agency’s moon mission. Surely there’s a better way? By. Adam Minter. August 13, 2021, 6:30 AM PDT. Astronomical. Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty. Adam Minter is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist.

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