Rocket Lab to test advanced heat shield for Electron booster recovery

Startup Rocket Lab is pressing ahead with its ambitions to turn its Electron booster into a reusable orbital launch vehicle for small satellites, with plans this weekend to recover the rocket's first stage that will have an upgraded heat shield.

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Ingenuity Mars Helicopter makes first one-way trip on fifth test flight

NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter has successfully flown for the fifth time. The autonomous rotorcraft lifted off from Wright Brother Field in Jezero Crater for a 108-second flight that took it on a one-way trip to a new airfield 423 ft to the south.

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“Recent” volcanic eruption on Mars boosts subsurface life hypothesis

Mars orbiters have spotted a large volcanic deposit that appears to be relatively fresh, only about 53,000 years old. The find may lend weight to the idea that the Red Planet was recently, or still is, habitable for subsurface microbes.

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Ingenuity helicopter lands new job as scout after “resounding success”

NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity has been given a new mission after acing its historic test flights. The drone will soon embark on some one-way flights to demonstrate its ability to act as a scout for the Perseverance rover.

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Parker Solar Probe clocks 330,000 mph as the fastest object ever made

NASA's Parker Solar Probe continues to edge closer and closer to its target, setting one new record after another. The latest came during a close approach today, where the spacecraft exceeded blistering speeds of 330,000 mph (532,000 km/h).

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Ancient Mars may have icy clouds to thank for its liquid water

High-altitude icy clouds may have allowed ancient Mars to host rivers and lakes by warming the planet via a greenhouse effect, according to a new study. The theory could be tested by NASA’s Perseverance rover, which is currently exploring the planet.

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New Milky Way map reveals wake of dwarf galaxy on a collision course

A team has made some intriguing discoveries in the outer regions of the Milky Way. Astronomers mapped the fringes of the sparse halo that envelops our home galaxy, and found the wake of a dwarf galaxy on an eventual collision course with the Milky Way.

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Ingenuity Mars helicopter gets official international call-sign

Ingenuity is no longer just the world's most expensive hobby helicopter. The International Civil Aviation Organization has given an official flight designator and call-sign codes for Ingenuity and the "Wright Brothers Field" where it flew this week.

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NASA and SpaceX launch second long-term Crew Dragon mission to ISS

NASA and SpaceX have successfully launched the second Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station from American soil. The capsule was launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Ingenuity robotic helicopter survives its first Martian night

NASA's Ingenuity robotic helicopter has survived its first night on the surface of Mars. After being deployed on Martian soil, the miniature rotorcraft had to keep itself warm through the night for the first time using only its internal power.

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