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March 16, 2022

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As part of this extension, Ingenuity will also sport some special upgrades that will allow the 4-pound (1.8 kilograms) drone to do even more daring flights in support of the Perseverance rover mission that landed with it in February 2021.

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CNN said an email from an unnamed NASA official, which it obtained, urged caution before “attacking our Russian partners.” (Many of Russia’s space partnerships have been severed since the Feb. 24 Ukraine invasion, but NASA officials stress that ISS …

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Eugene Parker, the pioneering astrophysicist whose name graces NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission, died Tuesday (March 15) at age 94. Parker’s work focused on understanding the sun. In a key contribution to the field, he proposed that the sun produces a …

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CNN

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is seen inside the Cupola, a special module which provides a 360-degree viewing of the Earth and the International Space Station, on July 12, 2015.

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The James Webb Space Telescope’s main mirror is fully aligned and performing even better than it had been designed to do, NASA officials revealed in a news conference held virtually on Wednesday (March 16). The 21.3-foot-wide (6.5 meters) mirror …

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The telescope has also met every optical parameter engineers needed and is cleanly delivering light to its instruments. The achievement leaves NASA fully confident that the observatory will meet its science objectives.

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And on Feb. 18, Gaia managed to spot the newcomer and catch an image of it on the first try. “Very little reflected sunlight came Gaia’s way, and Webb therefore appears …

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CNET

On March 17, the agency plans to roll its Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft out to the pad, slowly inching toward liftoff and the completion of step one for modern moon discoveries. Reusable spacecraft built …

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The new image shows the “eye” of a galaxy called NGC 1097, which is located 48 million light-years away from Earth. NGC 1097 is a barred spiral galaxy, which puts it in the same category as the Milky Way.

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Florida Today

For more than 50 years NASA’s twin crawler-transporters have been integral pieces of human spaceflight operations at Kennedy Space Center rolling rockets from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to their launch pads during the Apollo, shuttle, and now …

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