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Watch NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter fly on Mars using old school 3D glasses

Watch NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter fly on Mars using old school 3D glasses

If you own a pair of red-cyan glasses, you now watch NASA's Ingenuity helicopter perform one of its flights in 3D. NASA released the video edited into an anaglyph, meaning it is a stereoscopic video where the same series of frames were reprojected and superimposed in two layers, one in red and one in cyan color, for use with color-filtered glasses.

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ESA wants to make astronauts’ shared spacesuit underwear more hygienic

ESA wants to make astronauts’ shared spacesuit underwear more hygienic

Yes, it's true -- astronauts share 'underwear' when they put on spacesuits to work outside of the International Space Station. This isn't quite the same type of underwear you're thinking of, as the astronauts first put on a disposable diaper, then the full-body underwear layer. Still, there are some downsides to this arrangement that the ESA is attempting to address with a new project.

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Jupiter’s atmosphere imaged using different colors of light

Jupiter’s atmosphere imaged using different colors of light

New images have been shared of Jupiter taken in multiple colors of light. The images come from Gemini North and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and showcase Jupiter in infrared, visible, and ultraviolet wavelengths of light. The images show atmospheric features of Jupiter including the Great Red Spot, superstorms, and massive cyclones that stretch across the disc of the planet.

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NASA will launch the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration mission this summer

NASA will launch the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration mission this summer

NASA has a new mission launching this summer called the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) meant to showcase the power of laser communications technologies. NASA says that with an increasing robotic and human presence in space, missions can benefit from new ways of communicating with the Earth. NASA has been using radio frequency communications since the 1950s to send data to and from space.

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The James Webb Space Telescope bloomed one last time on Earth

The James Webb Space Telescope bloomed one last time on Earth

Like a huge, technological flower, the James Webb Space Telescope has fully opened its vast mirror for the final time while still Earthbound, with the hexagonal array of precisely configured reflectors blooming for one last test before the instrument's launch later in 2021. Set to supplant Hubble as NASA, the ESA, and the CSA's preeminent eye-in-the-sky, Webb is intended to give scientists an unprecedented infrared view of the universe.

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Voyager 1 hears a plasma hum in deep space

Voyager 1 hears a plasma hum in deep space

Voyager 1 is one of a pair of NASA spacecraft launched 44 years ago. Voyager 1 is the most distant human-made object in space, and it's still working and getting further from home every day. The spacecraft entered interstellar space after exiting our solar system's heliopause.

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OSIRIS-REx is on its way home packed with asteroid samples

OSIRIS-REx is on its way home packed with asteroid samples

The NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spent nearly half a decade in space and has finally departed asteroid Bennu and is on its way back to Earth. NASA has announced that on Monday, May 10 at 4:23 PM EDT the spacecraft fired its main engines full throttle for seven minutes. The firing of its main engines represents the most significant maneuver for the spacecraft since it arrived at Bennu in 2018.

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Super blood moon will grace the sky later this month

Super blood moon will grace the sky later this month

Backyard astronomers want to look to the skies later this month to witness the "super blood moon." The super blood moon will be visible on May 26 in parts of the United States. The super blood moon happens when two lunar phenomena occur at the same time. We see a supermoon at the point when the moon is slightly closer to the Earth than usual in its orbital cycle, making it appear larger in the sky.

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Mars may have had “recently” active volcanoes

Mars may have had “recently” active volcanoes

Scientists have long known that Mars was volcanically active billions of years ago. However, many believe that volcanic activity had long ago ceased. A team of scientists now believes Mars was volcanically active in much more recent history.

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Boeing Starliner simulation mission to the ISS wraps up

Boeing Starliner simulation mission to the ISS wraps up

It's a long road to getting a spacecraft certified to carry cargo and astronauts to and from the ISS in orbit above the Earth. NASA and Boeing have announced they have completed an integrated mission dress rehearsal using a simulation for the Starliner Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2). OFT-2 will see the Starliner fly to the space station as part of the NASA Commercial Crew Program.

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Scientists believe helium rain influences Saturn’s unique magnetic field

Scientists believe helium rain influences Saturn’s unique magnetic field

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have published the results of a study where they simulated the conditions necessary to create Saturn's unique magnetic field. The team believes a thick layer of helium rain influences the magnetic field of Saturn. Their models also suggest that the interior of Saturn may be at a higher temperature in equatorial areas.

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A seat on Blue Origin’s first crewed space flight is up for auction

A seat on Blue Origin’s first crewed space flight is up for auction

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is opening up a seat on its first flight to space, with an auction to snag the only spare ticket for one lucky would-be astronaut. Blue Origin's New Shepard is scheduled to launch on July 20, 2021, and will take those onboard above the Kármán Line, officially past Earth's atmospheric boundary and into space.

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