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Mars helicopter bound for the Red Planet takes to the air for the first time

By | drones, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, jpl, mars 2020, NASA, Robotics, Science, Space, TC, UAVs

The Mars 2020 mission is on track for launch next year, and nesting inside the high-tech new rover heading that direction is a high-tech helicopter designed to fly in the planet’s nearly non-existent atmosphere. The actual aircraft that will fly on the Martian surface just took its first flight and its engineers are over the moon.

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SpaceX makes history by completing first private crew capsule mission

By | commercial crew, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, international space station, ISS, NASA, Space, SpaceX

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule has safely splashed down in the Atlantic, making it the first privately built crew-capable spacecraft ever to complete a mission to the International Space Station. It’s one of several firsts SpaceX plans this year, but Boeing is hot on its heels with a crew demonstrator of its own — and of course the real test is doing the same thing with astronauts aboard.

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Watch Blue Origin’s 10th New Shepard mission launch a science-loaded capsule to space

By | Blue Origin, Gadgets, NASA, new shepard, rocket launch, Science, Space, TC

Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, is about to undertake the 10th launch of its New Shepard launch vehicle, with its capsule chock full of experiments. The launch, which was originally scheduled for a month ago but delayed for various reasons, will be take place at 6:50 AM Pacific time.

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The New Horizons probe buzzes the most distant object ever encountered first thing tomorrow

By | alan stern, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, NASA, new horizons, Science, Space, TC, ultima thule

Four billion miles from Earth, the New Horizons probe that recently sent such lovely pictures of Pluto is drawing near to the most distant object mankind has ever come close to: Ultima Thule, a mysterious rock deep in the Kuiper belt. The historic rendezvous takes place early tomorrow morning. This is an encounter nearly 30 […]

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