NASA Helicopter Captures Rover Wreckage on Mars

Fourth EstateNASA’s Perseverance Rover - NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter recently captured the wreckage of the Perseverance rover that descended onto the Martian surface on February 18 of last year. The process of the Perseverance rover’s entry at nearly 12,500 mph (20,000 kph) into the Martian …

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Russia Pulls out of ISS

Fourth EstateThe International Space Station orbits the Earth. - NASA

Russia said on Saturday that they will leave the International Space Station as early as 2025 due to economic sanctions imposed on Russia’s conflict in Ukraine. Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin said that he had already affirmed the decision. “The …

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Venus and Jupiter Will Appear to Collide in Annual Planetary Conjunction

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Venus and Jupiter will appear to collide with each other in the sky at the end of the month. According to EarthSky, Venus will be 0.2 degrees south of Jupiter on April 30, set to continue on their courses by …

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First Commercial Space Flight Crew Returns to Earth

Fourth EstateSpaceX's Crew Dragon Endeavour splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean - SpaceX

The first exclusively commercial crew to visit the International Space Station returned to Earth on Monday. SpaceX’s Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) was brought to a close when astronauts Michael López-Alegra, Larry Connor, Eytan Stibbe, and Mark Pathy returned to the …

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Amazon, SpaceX Win $279M In NASA Contracts

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Amazon’s satellite venture, SpaceX, and other satellite firms have won a combined $278.5 million in contracts from NASA to develop communications in space in a move to privatize the space agency’s current satellite network. Amazon’s Project Kuiper won $67 million …

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NASA Moon Rocket Heads Back to Hangar for Repairs After Testing Delays

Fourth EstateClose-up view of the Artemis I Space Launch System rocket inside High Bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida - NASA/Frank Michaux

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will send back its gigantic new moon rocket to the processing hangar next week for final repairs before a crucial prelaunch test. NASA will haul the 322-foot-tall Artemis I mega moon rocket off …

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Scientists Find New Discoveries on the Differences Between the Near and Far Side of the Moon

Fourth EstateSatellite image of the far side of the Moon, and the Earth in the background. - NASA/LRO

Researchers from Brown University in Rhode Island identified new differences between the Moon’s near and far sides that are linked to a massive ancient impact. According to a new study published in Science Advances, the impact that created the Moon’s …

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ESA Astronaut Simulates Polar Moon Landing

Fourth EstateThe ESA simulator 'flown' by ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori to practice lunar polar orbit landings - DLR

A European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut used a sophisticated flight simulator to practice a simulated polar landing as part of a mission to develop a ‘human-in-the-loop’ lunar landing system. The ESA-led ‘Human-in-the-Loop Flight Vehicle Engineering’ technology research looked into the …

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SpaceX Sends First Tourists to ISS

Fourth EstateThe crew of Axiom Space's Ax-1 mission (from left) Mark Pathy; Larry Connor; Michael López-Alegría; and Eytan Stibbe, pose for a photo inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft while training. - SpaceX/Axiom Space

A SpaceX rocket carrying three paying customers and a veteran NASA astronaut has taken off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday morning and now is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS).  According to SpaceX, the …

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First Private Astronaut Mission to Visit International Space Station

Fourth EstateThe crew of Axiom Space's Ax-1 mission (from left) Mark Pathy; Larry Connor; Michael López-Alegría; and Eytan Stibbe, pose for a photo inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft while training. - SpaceX/Axiom Space

The International Space Station continues to prepare for the arrival of SpaceX’s Axiom Space-1 (Ax-1) private astronauts crew on Saturday. With the use of the Dragon Endeavour rocket, the world’s first private astronaut mission will launch on Friday from the …

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