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NASA’s Lucy mission passes systems integration review

NASA’s Lucy mission passes systems integration review

NASA has announced that its Lucy mission has passed a critical mission milestone bringing it closer to launch. The Systems Integration Review is complete and ensures that segments, components, and subsystems, along with scientific instrumentation, electrical and communication systems, and navigation systems are all on schedule to be integrated into the system.

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Missed the historic SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown? NASA has you covered

Missed the historic SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown? NASA has you covered

The International Space Station may have been around for more than two decades now, but NASA and SpaceX still managed to make history this weekend with the successful splashdown of the Crew Dragon spacecraft. A huge milestone in NASA's Commercial Crew project, it marked the first time a commercially-built and operated, American crew spacecraft flew to and from the ISS.

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Virgin Galactic reveals its Mach 3 jet that’ll fly faster than Concorde

Virgin Galactic reveals its Mach 3 jet that’ll fly faster than Concorde

Virgin Galactic may be busy designing its tourist spacecraft, but that hasn't stopped it from working on more high-speed transportation, in the shape of its new Mach 3 aircraft. Revealed today, the super-fast delta-wing was developed with jet engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, which previously provided the grunt to take Concorde supersonic.

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NASA astronauts on SpaceX Crew Dragon land safely back on Earth

NASA astronauts on SpaceX Crew Dragon land safely back on Earth

With everything that's happening here on Earth, many people are looking upward for hope, and not just in the metaphorical sense. Space has always sparked the imagination as humanity's next frontier and perhaps final hope and history will mark this day as another milestone in that ongoing journey. After successfully carrying two astronauts to the International Space Station, the collaboration between NASA and SpaceX saw the successful and safe return of the same astronauts onboard the world's first commercially built and operated spacecraft, the Crew Dragon.

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NASA says its Perseverance rover is safe despite early launch surprise

NASA says its Perseverance rover is safe despite early launch surprise

NASA launched its Perseverance rover on July 30, sending it off into space on an Atlas V rocket. If everything goes as planned, the rover will reach Mars in February 2021, kicking off a new mission to search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet. Though the launch was a success, there was an early surprise for the rover crew -- Perseverance put itself into safe mode, shutting down all but essential systems.

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NASA and SpaceX give Crew Dragon green light to return home from ISS

NASA and SpaceX give Crew Dragon green light to return home from ISS

NASA and SpaceX still intend to bring Crew Dragon Endeavour down from the International Space Station this weekend, the space agency has confirmed, despite concerns that storms might disrupt the groundbreaking flight. Endeavour - along with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley - reached the ISS at the start of June, marking a huge milestone for the SpaceX spacecraft.

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NASA Perseverance rover flips into safe mode on way to Mars

NASA Perseverance rover flips into safe mode on way to Mars

After many months of work, NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover has finally launched for the Red Planet. The launch took place from the Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral on July 30 aboard the ULA's Atlas V rocket. NASA has detailed this success, explaining that Perseverance was put into parking orbit...and soon after the rover put itself into safe mode, potentially due to cold temperatures.

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NASA’s Mars 2020 launch runs like clockwork: Perseverance rover is on its way

NASA’s Mars 2020 launch runs like clockwork: Perseverance rover is on its way

NASA's new Mars rover is headed out to the red planet, with Perseverance successfully launching this morning atop a mighty Atlas V rocket. The culmination of years of development and research, Perseverance will mark a number of firsts when it reaches Mars and begins its scientific exploration.

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NASA weighs SpaceX Crew Dragon return delay over stormy splashdown sites

NASA weighs SpaceX Crew Dragon return delay over stormy splashdown sites

NASA may delay the departure of SpaceX Crew Dragon from the International Space Station, with the fate of the mission as currently planned hinging on a potential tropical storm where the spaceship is due to splash down. Currently, Crew Dragon is intended to leave the ISS on Saturday with astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley onboard, with the return to Earth scheduled for 2:24pm ET on Sunday, August 2nd.

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Perseverance Rover will carry spacesuit materials to the Red Planet for the first time

Perseverance Rover will carry spacesuit materials to the Red Planet for the first time

NASA is currently targeting July 30 for the launch of its highly anticipated Perseverance Rover to Mars. The rover will search the Red Planet for signs of past water and microbial life. Perhaps as important as the scientific instruments aboard the rover itself are some of the other science missions that will be conducted aboard the rover.

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Nuclear power plants could power colonies on the Moon and Mars

Nuclear power plants could power colonies on the Moon and Mars

One of the challenges of prolonged presence on the moon or the surface of another planet, such as Mars, is finding the power needed to make human life possible. NASA is reportedly considering building nuclear power plants that will work on the moon and Mars. On Friday, NASA put out a request for ideas from the private sector on how nuclear power could be used outside the Earth in the future.

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NASA loads Mars Perseverance rover with its nuclear power source ahead of launch

NASA loads Mars Perseverance rover with its nuclear power source ahead of launch

NASA is set to launch its latest Mars mission next week that will put the Mars Perseverance rover on the surface of the Red Planet. Part of getting ready for that launch is to put the nuclear power supply inside the rover. NASA confirmed this week that it installed the multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator (MMRTG) into the rover.

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