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The Ingenuity Mars helicopter's blades are spinning ahead of its first flight — making the NASA team 'nervous and excited'

The Ingenuity Mars helicopter's blades are spinning ahead of its first flight — making the NASA team 'nervous and excited'

The word "Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.NASA's Ingenuity helicopter is charging up and spinning its blades in preparation to .The 4-pound drone is set to lift off early on Monday, rise 10 feet above the dusty red ground of Mars' Jezero Crater, then gently touch back down. The entire flight should last about 40 seconds, but it could forever change the way NASA explores other planets.Future Mars helicopters could scout out canyons and mountains that rovers can't access, fly in and out of craters, or even do...

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An astronomer's colorful animation shows how Saturn's disappearing rings act like a 'mini solar system'

An astronomer's colorful animation shows how Saturn's disappearing rings act like a 'mini solar system'

The word "Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.If star-hopping aliens ever visited our solar system, Saturn is probably the planet they'd remember.The seven giant rings circling its equator make Saturn the most distinct planet orbiting the sun. It may not be obvious in images of the hula-hoop planet, but the ice and rock chunks that make up those rings are circling Saturn at rates nearly 70 times the speed of sound. What's more, each ring is moving at its own pace."In a way, the ring system is like a mini solar...

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NASA's Perseverance rover is preparing to drop a helicopter from its belly and watch it fly on Mars

NASA's Perseverance rover is preparing to drop a helicopter from its belly and watch it fly on Mars

The word "Insider".Set up laterTwo crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.NASA's is about to drop a four-pound helicopter from its belly, then record footage of it flying over Martian plains.The $85 million rotocraft, called Ingenuity, could pioneer a new approach to exploring other planets. Though for now just a technological demonstration, the drone is set to conduct up to five test flights this spring. Two cameras on its underside should record to Martian surface from above as it flies.NASA on Wednesday that its helicopter...

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SpaceX's next Starship rocket may soar 15 kilometers high on Tuesday, but Elon Musk says there's a 2-in-3 chance the flight could fail

SpaceX's next Starship rocket may soar 15 kilometers high on Tuesday, but Elon Musk says there's a 2-in-3 chance the flight could fail

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.This week, SpaceX may take its big step forward yet in a quest to further revolutionize space travel.Company founder Elon Musk  on Monday night that a prototype of SpaceX's enormous Starship spacecraft — a fully reusable vehicle the company eventually wants to use to send humans to the and — could see its first high-altitude test as soon as Tuesday.The flight attempt to 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), follows a successful November 24 rocket-engine test firing of...

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SpaceX's Resilience spaceship autonomously docked to the space station with 4 astronauts inside, kicking off a historic mission for NASA

SpaceX's Resilience spaceship autonomously docked to the space station with 4 astronauts inside, kicking off a historic mission for NASA

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.On Monday night, four astronauts arrived at the International Space Station inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship, teeing up what could be a in orbit.The NASA-funded commercial mission, called Crew-1, marks the first "operational" human spaceflight by SpaceX, the rocket company Elon Musk founded in 2002. It follows the , SpaceX's first launch of people, which lifted off in May and returned to Earth in August.The — Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, and Shannon...

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Over 1,500 California fires in the past 6 years — including the deadliest ever — were caused by one company: PG&E. Here's what it could have done but didn't.

Over 1,500 California fires in the past 6 years — including the deadliest ever — were caused by one company: PG&E. Here's what it could have done but didn't.

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Over the past week, the Kincade Fire has torn through nearly 78,000 acres of California wine country, forcing about 180,000 people to evacuate. At the same time, millions have gone without electricity, often for days at a time.Hospitals scrambled to find refrigerators for medications, people bundled their children to keep them warm during cool nights, and seniors were in the dark.The state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., is responsible for...

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