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A giant asteroid buzzed the Earth yesterday

A gigantic asteroid that is considered potentially hazardous by NASA zipped past the Earth yesterday at a very high rate of speed. The asteroid, called 2016 AJ193, flew past the Earth at a velocity of 58,000 mph. It’s hard to imagine a speed that high; it equates to traveling about 16 miles every second. NASA estimates the asteroid is about … Continue reading

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NASA’s Perseverance rover fails to collect its first Mars rock sample

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NASA’s Perseverance rover just had a rare misstep. The space agency has revealed that the robotic vehicle failed to collect Mars rock samples during its first attempt. While the percussive drill, coring bit and sample tube processing worked “as intended,” a probe indicated that the tube was empty — not exactly what scientists were expecting when everything else checked out.

Scientists are still investigating what happened and may not have an answer for a few days. Perseverance project manager Jennifer Trosper said the team suspected the rock might have reacted in an unexpected way during the coring process. The equipment is likely fine, in other words.

The Martian surface has created problems more than once. The Phoenix Lander had trouble gathering “sticky” soil in 2008, for instance, while Curiosity and InSight have also had trouble cracking into rocks and the surface itself.

This initial setback won’t necessarily jeopardize Perseverance’s mission. However, NASA will want to keep incidents like this to a minimum. The rover was sent to Mars in no small part to collect samples that would eventually return to Earth and help scientists look for signs of past life. The fewer samples NASA gets, the fewer chances it will have to explore Mars’ history.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/nasa-perserverance-mars-rover-rock-sample-failure-153947031.html?src=rss
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NASA Captures Spooky Photo of the Moon’s Shadow on Earth During an Eclipse

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Earthlings were privy to an exciting astronomical event last month: an annular solar eclipse, which cast a lunar shadow across the Arctic Circle. Today NASA shared an image of that shadow, taken by the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) aboard NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory nearly a million miles from…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/nasa-captures-spooky-photo-of-the-moons-shadow-on-earth-1847349614
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NASA’s Ingenuity completes ninth flight despite massive challenge

NASA has announced that Ingenuity, its small Martian helicopter, successfully passed its ninth and most challenging flight thus far, marking a new milestone for the surprisingly capable vehicle. Unlike past flights, NASA used the most recent flight to pit Ingenuity against “challenging terrain,” not to mention the ample distance traveled. It’s important to remember that Ingenuity was designed merely as … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/nasas-ingenuity-completes-ninth-flight-despite-massive-challenge-08681758/
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Well Here’s Something You Don’t See Every Day

We’re used to seeing stark images of rovers all alone on the Red Planet, but Perseverance brought a friend. NASA has just released a stunning photo showing two vehicles—the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter—in a single shot.

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NASA is testing a new quiet wing designed to mitigate noise pollution from aircraft

Many people who live close to airports consistently complain about the noise created by aircraft flying around. Researchers at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, completed a round of testing in late January 2021 on a new experimental wing design intended to make aircraft quieter. The improvements involved a new leading-edge wing designed specifically to mitigate noise. Making … Continue reading

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SolarWinds Hackers Also Went After NASA and the FAA

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Apparently not content with having penetrated the networks of such piddling federal agencies as the U.S. State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and that agency that maintains our nuclear stockpile, the hackers of the “SolarWinds” affair also went after NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration,…

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Comets may have seeded Earth with life-supporting carbon

5e3aef70-8003-11eb-8e8b-9fba022eb3bbNASA’s airborne telescope has made another major discovery just months after it confirmed the presence of water on the Moon’s sunlit surfaces. SOFIA’s latest find relates to the essence left by an icy comet that zipped past Earth in 2016…

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The Morning After: More Mars pictures, videos and sound

38ef05b1-75d3-11eb-bedf-a9e75d708544Spotify is splitting its ambitions between podcasts and music. For the latter, it’s teasing a high-fidelity service that will arrive later this year, an idea the company has been testing since 2017. Spotify’s current maximum audio bitrate is 320k…

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