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Mike Wehner

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mars oxygen

A robot just made oxygen on Mars, which is a huge deal

April 22nd, 2021

Robots are a lot easier to send to other planets than humans are. For one, they don’t complain nearly as much. On top of that, they don’t need pesky things like food or breathable air. Of course, if we’re ever going to send humans to Mars — as space agencies around the globe have pledged …

mars helicopter

NASA’s Mars helicopter just flew for the second time

April 22nd, 2021

When NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter took off for the first time on Mars on April 19th it was a history-making moment. No manmade spacecraft had ever achieved powered flight on another planet, and the pint-sized helicopter made it look relatively easy. Such a monumental occasion is surely worthy of some moment of reflection on behalf of …

vehicle recall

Nearly 150,000 vehicles were just recalled over fire hazards

April 22nd, 2021

Recalls can happen to a vehicle at any point in its life. Some cars are recalled many years after they initially hit the road, after it becomes clear that some component or system fails after a certain amount of time. Others are recalled much sooner after they leave the assembly line, and that’s what just …

lunar gateway

NASA just shared new images of what its Gateway will look like

April 22nd, 2021

When NASA sent astronauts to the Moon decades ago it did so using a pretty straightforward approach. After being launched into space by a rocket, the astronauts entered orbit around the Moon and then used a lunar lander to travel to the surface and back to the orbiting command module. This design worked well, and …

mars helicopter

NASA just released an enhanced video of its Mars helicopter

April 21st, 2021

NASA’s Mars helicopter accomplished an incredible first this week by taking flight on the Red Planet. It’s the first time that a manmade aircraft took to the skies of another world, and the apparent ease with which it completed this task is a great sign for the future of aerial vehicles for the purposes of …

spacex launch delay

NASA forced to delay SpaceX crew launch until Friday

April 21st, 2021

NASA and SpaceX are teaming up for another launch to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Crew Dragon was scheduled to ferry a team of four astronauts from Earth to the ISS on Thursday, but a statement from NASA reveals that things have been put on hold for a least a day. The culprit? Weather, …

tyrannosaur pack hunting

Tyrannosaurs hunted in packs, making them even more terrifying

April 20th, 2021

It’s hard to imagine an ancient creature that would terrify you more than a tyrannosaur. The mighty Tyrannosaurus rex is the most icon of all the dinosaurs but it’s just one member of a larger family of carnivorous dinosaurs referred to as tyrannosaurs. Many of them were massive in size and while debate continues to …

russia iss departure

Russia’s talk of leaving the ISS makes so much more sense now

April 20th, 2021

NASA may have been a bit blindsided this week when its partner, Russia’s Roscosmos, revealed that it was going to decide whether or not it wanted to leave the ISS permanently. The space station has been co-operated by both the United States and Russia for a long time and has hosted astronauts from many different …