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NASA Plans to Send Robotic Helicopter to Mars in 2020

NASA Plans to Send Robotic Helicopter to Mars in 2020

​NASA has announced plans to send a small, autonomous flying machine, dubbed Mars Helicopter, alongside their new rover in the 2020 mission. The two will survey Mars, with the helicopter providing a bird’s eye view of the red planet. ​The helicopter will travel to Mars with the rover attached to its underbelly. Once they have… Continue Reading

Gardening in Space a Challenge for NASA

Gardening in Space a Challenge for NASA

As NASA and other space agencies explore the universe and scramble to make humanity’s dream of branching out onto other planets a reality, scientists continue to search for ways to make life sustainable in space. Astronauts have become accustomed to dehydrated foods and other similar sources of nutrition while in space, and scientists have also… Continue Reading

Southwest Requested More Time for Inspections, Second Engine Explosion Results in Tragedy

Southwest Requested More Time for Inspections, Second Engine Explosion Results in Tragedy

It was meant to be a day like any other as passengers boarded a Southwest flight bound for Dallas. Unfortunately, the plane experienced engine trouble, which resulted in an explosion mid-flight. When the explosion occurred, a piece of shrapnel shattered a cabin window, causing a woman to be partially sucked out. Oxygen masks were released,… Continue Reading

TESS SpaceX Launch

TESS SpaceX Launch

The search for extraterrestrial life is one that intrigues and inspires. Are we truly alone in the universe? Although the definition of extraterrestrial life is as vastly different as the planetary bodies which they may inhabit, the possibilities that could arise upon the discovery of life outside Earth are unlimited. If life can be sustained… Continue Reading

Flying Brain to Assist Astronauts Aboard Space Station

Flying Brain to Assist Astronauts Aboard Space Station

The International Space Station is gearing up for the introduction of a new assistant in the form of a spherical, floating robot named CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion), which is described as a “mobile and autonomous assistance system.” CIMON was developed as a joint venture between Airbus and Germany’s DLR space agency, and it is… Continue Reading

Tiangong-1 Update

Tiangong-1 Update

China’s prototype space station has reportedly lost control, and it is on a collision course with Earth. The website Satview has been tracking the space station, and reentry is estimated for Tuesday, April 3rd at 7:37 UTC. The website displays two tracking maps. One shows Tiangong-1’s current path on a global scale, while the other… Continue Reading

SpaceX Mars Exploration By 2019?

SpaceX Mars Exploration By 2019?

The prospect of sending people to Mars has long fascinated us. Many problems have been presented, though, putting a damper on those dreams. It is a long and daunting process, which requires first shipping tools and equipment to the surface of Mars. Then equipment will need to be capable of self-assembly in order to create… Continue Reading

Study on the Effects of Space on Humans Has Interesting Results

Study on the Effects of Space on Humans Has Interesting Results

Irish astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly engaged in an experiment to determine the effects of space on human anatomy. Scott travelled to the International Space Station, while his twin brother Mark stayed on Earth. During the experiment, the brothers provided blood, saliva, and urine samples. They received flu vaccinations and underwent ultrasounds, bone scans, and… Continue Reading

SpaceX and ULA Score Major Air Force Contracts

SpaceX and ULA Score Major Air Force Contracts

SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (ULA) were each awarded major Air Force launch contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. SpaceX was issued a contract with a fixed price of $291 million to launch a military GPS III satellite. The satellite will launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. An additional option includes launching two more,… Continue Reading

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