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Mike Wehner

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mars rover

NASA finally let Perseverance stretch its arms and do some work

May 14th, 2021

NASA fancy new Perseverance rover has been sitting on Mars since late February. It landed perfectly and everything has been going well in the months since then, but it’s had a lot to do before it could begin conducting serious science. Top of the list was the deployment of the Mars helicopter Ingenuity, and while …

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This airline just sold out a round-trip flight to ‘nowhere’

May 13th, 2021

The airline industry has had a tough couple of years. The Covid pandemic absolutely destroyed plans for travel, whether it be for work or leisure, so airlines found themselves with empty seats and, even when they could get a flight off the ground, planes had to be sparsely filled in order to ensure social distancing …

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China will attempt its Mars rover landing this week

May 13th, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover and its tiny Ingenuity helicopter companion have been stealing the lion’s share of science headlines as of late, but they’re not the only machines ready to make their mark on the Red Planet. China launched a Mars rover mission at around the same time that NASA launched Perseverance, but rather than landing …

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NASA will help send a private mission to the ISS next year

May 12th, 2021

For decades now, the International Space Station has been occupied by astronauts from the United States, Russia, and other nations. These scientists are hand-picked and go through rigorous training so they are well-equipped to handle long stays in Earth orbit. In recent years, NASA has shown an interest in opening up the ISS to private …

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NASA’s James Webb telescope opened its golden wings for the last time ever on Earth

May 12th, 2021

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is over a decade late at this point (you can thank Northrop Grumman’s incompetence for that), but when it comes to high-powered scientific instruments, late is definitely better than never. Progress has been excruciatingly slow, especially after the coronavirus pandemic sidelined many NASA projects last year, but the state-of-the-art space …