Mike Wall
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Senior Writer, http://Space.com. Author of “Out There,” book about alien-life search that was published Nov. 2018. Former herpetologist.Source
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Mars helicopter Ingenuity goes long distance in 3rd flight on Red Planet

Mars helicopter Ingenuity goes long distance in 3rd flight on Red Planet

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Make it a hat trick on the Red Planet for NASA's .The 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) chopper aced its third-ever Martian flight early this morning (April 25), adding to its already impressive resume."Third flight in the history books." officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California . "Our #MarsHelicopter continues to set records, flying faster and farther. The space chopper is demonstrating critical capabilities that could enable the addition of an aerial...

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Apr 25
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The US Air Force wants to beam solar power to Earth from space (video)

The US Air Force wants to beam solar power to Earth from space (video)

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.won't be just a sci-fi dream forever, if things go according to the U.S. Air Force's plans.The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is developing a project called SSPIDR ("Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstrations and Research"), which aims to mature the technology needed to harvest solar energy in space and beam it down for use on .Such a capability would be a big advantage on the battlefield, Air Force officials said.Related: "Ensuring that a forward operating...

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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter aced an 'absolutely beautiful flight' on Mars. Here's the video.

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter aced an 'absolutely beautiful flight' on Mars. Here's the video.

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.NASA's just made aviation history, and its robotic buddy caught the whole thing on video.Early this morning (April 19), Ingenuity aced the . The 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) chopper rose 10 feet (3 meters) above the floor of Jezero Crater, stayed aloft in Mars' thin air for 39 seconds and came down for a pinpoint landing at its takeoff spot. And we have high-definition documentation of this otherworldly Wright Brothers moment thanks to NASA's , which recorded the flight from...

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Apr 19
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Scientists get more great looks at the 1st black hole ever photographed

Scientists get more great looks at the 1st black hole ever photographed

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The supermassive at the heart of the galaxy M87 is coming into sharper and sharper focus.Two years ago, astronomers with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project , which lies 55 million light-years from Earth and is as massive as 6.5 billion suns. Those photos were historic — the first direct views of a black hole that humanity had ever captured.In the spring of 2017, as the EHT team was gathering some of the data that would result in the epic imagery, nearly 20...

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Apr 15
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NASA likely to stay the course to the moon under Bill Nelson, if confirmed

NASA likely to stay the course to the moon under Bill Nelson, if confirmed

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.Don't expect big changes at NASA if Bill Nelson does end up leading the space agency.On Friday (March 19), President Joe Biden announced that he , a former three-term U.S. senator from Florida and longtime space policy player, as NASA administrator. The choice signals that shakeups are unlikely in big-ticket NASA projects, such as the of crewed lunar exploration, said space policy expert John Logsdon."One of the buzz phrases during the [presidential] transition was...

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Mar 20
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Elon Musk shows off SpaceX's 1st Starship Super Heavy booster

Elon Musk shows off SpaceX's 1st Starship Super Heavy booster

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The other half of SpaceX's deep-space transportation system is starting to come out into the light.Over the past three months, three full-size prototypes of the 165-foot-tall (50 meters) Starship spacecraft have launched on high-altitude test flights, each time with . However, the company hadn't showcased any versions of Super Heavy, the 230-foot-tall (70 m) booster that will launch Starship off Earth — until now."First Super Heavy booster," founder and CEO Elon Musk...

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The Mars helicopter on NASA's Perseverance rover could fly in early April

The Mars helicopter on NASA's Perseverance rover could fly in early April

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The first-ever powered flights on Mars could be just a few weeks away.The teams behind NASA's and Ingenuity helicopter have chosen an airfield on the Red Planet for the 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) chopper and are gearing up for flights in the near future."Ingenuity’s test flights are expected to begin no earlier than the first week of April," NASA officials (March 17). "The exact timing of the first flight will remain fluid as engineers work out details on the timeline for...

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot may survive by gobbling up smaller storms

Jupiter's Great Red Spot may survive by gobbling up smaller storms

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The most famous storm in the solar system is an apex predator.Jupiter's feasted on numerous smaller storms that wandered into its neighborhood recently, possibly even gaining sustenance from these meals, a new study suggests.Astronomers have been observing the Great Red Spot continuously since the late 19th century. The storm during that stretch, going from 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) wide in the 1870s to about 10,000 miles (16,000 km) wide today. (For...

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Space station tosses 2.9-ton hunk of space junk overboard. It will stay in orbit for years.

Space station tosses 2.9-ton hunk of space junk overboard. It will stay in orbit for years.

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.The got a little lighter last week.The orbiting lab discarded a 2.9-ton (2.6 metric tons) pallet of used batteries on Thursday morning (March 11) — the most massive object it has ever jettisoned, NASA spokesperson Leah Cheshier .The is expected to fall back to Earth in two to four years, agency officials wrote in an update last week. That update also stated that the pallet will burn up "harmlessly in the atmosphere," but not everyone is convinced that's the...

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See amazing video of Mars helicopter Ingenuity's boundary-stretching 3rd flight

See amazing video of Mars helicopter Ingenuity's boundary-stretching 3rd flight

TrendingSpace is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.NASA's broke new ground during its latest Red Planet flight, as video of the sortie shows.Ingenuity took off early Sunday morning (April 25) on its . The 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) chopper traveled a total of 330 feet (100 meters) laterally, stayed aloft for 80 seconds and reached a maximum speed of about 4.5 mph (7.2 kph), smashing the marks set on its ."Today’s flight was what we planned for, and yet it was nothing short of amazing," Dave Lavery, the Ingenuity program...

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