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Mike Wehner

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The first Crew Dragon mission finally returns home

May 3rd, 2021

The four-person crew of the first formal Crew Dragon mission finally returned home in the early hours of Sunday morning, marking an end to an incredibly important journey. The crew was part of the first scientific mission for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon after it was tested and delivered to NASA. The mission was a huge success, …

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Mantis shrimp throw deadly punches just 9 days after birth

May 1st, 2021

Baby animals are often adorable, but this belies the fact that many are born with some pretty intense survival skills. This is especially true for creatures that don’t nurture their young since newborns have to fend for themselves as soon as they are brought into the world. A new study of the infamous mantis shrimp …

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China’s space station launch might cost lives on the ground

May 1st, 2021

You’ve probably seen the news this week that China successfully launched the first piece of what will become a brand new space station. The module was launched on Thursday and China used one of its powerful Long March 5B rockets to push the hardware skyward. It was a big day for China’s space agency, and …

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NASA can’t let the Crew Dragon crew come home

April 30th, 2021

The first formal crewed mission to the International Space Station using a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket was a historic achievement for both NASA and SpaceX. The four-astronaut roster that made the trip from Earth to the orbiting laboratory arrived on November 16th of 2020, which means that as it’s the end …

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The Mars Ingenuity helicopter refused to take its fourth flight

April 30th, 2021

NASA’s Mars Ingenuity helicopter already completed the milestones that its team set forth for it. The three goals were fairly straightforward. First, it had to fly in a Mars simulation chamber on Earth. Check. Then, it had to fly on the real Mars. Check. Lastly, it had to travel horizontally on Mars and return for …

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Scientists are pretending Hawaii is Mars

April 30th, 2021

Humans have never traveled to another planet. We’ve visited Earth’s moon but despite sending rovers, orbiters, and probes to places like Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus, we’ve never even sent humans to orbit another planet, much less land and see the sights. Mars is definitely the best candidate for human exploration, and space agencies like …

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China’s new space station is officially in orbit

April 29th, 2021

For better or worse, the space race of the 1960s truly defined what nations would be major players in space exploration over the following decades. The United States and Russia have the most accomplishments under their belts when it comes to venturing off of Earth, and the rest of the world has spent a long …

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Now it’s time to see what the Mars helicopter can really do

April 29th, 2021

Sending a helicopter to Mars is something that had never been done before NASA strapped one to the belly of the might Perseverance rover and shot it into space. Nobody quite knew what was going to happen. Sure, the scientists and engineers working on the Ingenuity helicopter project had crunched all the numbers and outfitted …