Friday, October 22, 2021


SpaceX prepares to send first all-civilian crew into orbit

The crew vehicle, dubbed Resilience, is set for liftoff from Nasa's Kennedy Space Center atop one of Musk's reusable Falcon 9 rockets, with a five-hour targeted launch window.

Nasa confirms Perseverance Mars rover got its first piece of rock

Eventually Nasa wants to collect samples taken by the rover in a joint mission with the European Space Agency, sometime in the 2030s.

Nasa’s little Mars chopper just set an out-of-this-world distance record

Following the completion of its 10th flight, Ingenuity has now clocked up a total distance of 1 mile on Mars – a huge accomplishment for the little chopper.

Nasa picks SpaceX for mission to Jupiter moon Europa

The Europa Clipper mission will launch in October 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with the total contract worth US$178 million.

US drone-maker wins contract to build homes in moon orbit for lunar Gateway

The lunar Gateway is planned to form part of the international Artemis programme to preserve peace in space.

‘Wobbly’ moon may lead to record flooding on Earth, says Nasa

With sea-level rise due to climate change, the next high tide floods are expected to be more intense and more frequent than ever before.

Laundry: housekeeping on the final frontier

Astronauts may soon be able to do their own laundry instead of waiting for new clothes to arrive from Earth.

‘Nihao Mars’: China’s Zhurong rover touches down on Red Planet

This makes China the first country to carry out an orbiting, landing and roving operation during its first mission to Mars.

Nasa launches ‘civilian astronaut’ missions to space – for an out-of-this-world ticket price

Commercial spaceflights are part of Nasa's plan to develop a thriving economy outside Earth.

SpaceX needs Mars explorers but ‘you might not come back alive’

SpaceX boss Elon Musk has proposed an aggressive timeline of getting the first crew to the surface of Mars by 2026.

Nasa’s Mars helicopter completes third flight farther, faster than before

Nasa says it is now preparing for a fourth, more difficult flight to push Ingenuity to its limits.

Nasa’s Moxie shows moxie, makes oxygen on Mars

The technology could both help astronauts breathe and help propel the rockets that get them back home to Earth.

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