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Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight

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Monday, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter via NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover at 6:46 a.m. EDT (3:46 a.m. PDT).   “Ingenuity is the latest in…

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UFO Sightings Increased in 2020 (video)

  Reports of UFO sightings from the United States skyrocketed in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC). The number had increased by over 1000 sighting compared to the previous year, 2019. With the number of sighting in 2020 reaching over 7000, the area where the reports almost doubled was the state of New…

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Was Oumuamua a Part of an ExoPlanet (video)

  Do you remember ‘Oumuamua? That strange interstellar object that travelled through our solar system back in 2017. The object sparked many theories of what it was and it’s origins. It was something akin to a odd, shaped comet with strange icy contents from another galaxy. Or that it was a derelict spacecraft made by an alien civilization A new…

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NASA’s Mars Helicopter to Make First Flight Attempt Sunday

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is two days away from making humanity’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. If all proceeds as planned, the 4-pound (1.8-kg) rotorcraft is expected to take off from Mars’ Jezero Crater Sunday, April 11, at 12:30 p.m. local Mars solar time (10:54 p.m. EDT, 7:54 p.m. PDT), hovering 10 feet…

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NASA Analysis: Earth Is Safe From Asteroid Apophis for 100-Plus Years

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  The near-Earth object was thought to pose a slight risk of impacting Earth in 2068, but now radar observations have ruled that out. After its discovery in 2004, asteroid 99942 Apophis had been identified as one of the most hazardous asteroids that could impact Earth. But that impact assessment changed as astronomers tracked Apophis and its orbit became better…

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The Worm Moon is Coming Tonight (video)

  March’s full Worm Moon arrives on Sunday, March 28! This year, because it is the first full Moon to occur after the spring equinox on March 20, March’s full Moon is the Paschal Full Moon. This means that its date determines the date of Easter which is April 4, 2021! WHY IS IT CALLED THE WORM MOON? The full Moon names used by The…

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Innovative Propulsion System Gets Ready to Help Study Moon Orbit for Artemis

In 2021, NASA’s Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment, or CAPSTONE, CubeSat will launch to a never-before-used cislunar orbit near the Moon.   As a pathfinder for Gateway, a Moon-orbiting outpost that is part of NASA’s Artemis program, CAPSTONE will help reduce the risk for future spacecraft by verifying the dynamics of a unique halo-shaped orbit. The mission will also demonstrate…

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NASA Provides $45M Boost to US Small Businesses

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Small businesses are vital to NASA’s mission, helping expand humanity’s presence in space and improve life on Earth. NASA has selected 365 U.S. small business proposals for initial funding from the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, a total investment of more than $45 million.   “At NASA, we recognize that small businesses…

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