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Very interesting. We need to get people back into space travel, other than the ISS if we can afford it.

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NASA flies a helicopter on Mars, the first time an aircraft has flown on another planet​


https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/04/19/nasa-ingenuity-helicopter-mars/ <--Second one was inserted using insert link.

NASA successfully flew its four-pound helicopter from the surface of Mars early Monday in the first powered flight of an aircraft on another planet, a feat that NASA officials compared to the Wright brothers’ first flight in 1903.
At about 3:30 a.m. Eastern time, the twin, carbon-fiber rotor blades began spinning furiously, and the chopper, called Ingenuity, lifted off the surface of the Red Planet. It reached an altitude of about 10 feet, where it hovered, buffeted ever so slightly by the wind, turned 96 degrees and then came softly back to the Martian surface in an autonomous flight that lasted just about 30 seconds, the space agency said.
 

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Very interesting. We need to get people back into space travel, other than the ISS if we can afford it.

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NASA flies a helicopter on Mars, the first time an aircraft has flown on another planet​


NASA successfully flew its four-pound helicopter from the surface of Mars early Monday in the first powered flight of an aircraft on another planet, a feat that NASA officials compared to the Wright brothers’ first flight in 1903.
At about 3:30 a.m. Eastern time, the twin, carbon-fiber rotor blades began spinning furiously, and the chopper, called Ingenuity, lifted off the surface of the Red Planet. It reached an altitude of about 10 feet, where it hovered, buffeted ever so slightly by the wind, turned 96 degrees and then came softly back to the Martian surface in an autonomous flight that lasted just about 30 seconds, the space agency said.
I saw this on TV. The speed of the rotors had to be 10x faster than on Earth because the atmosphere of Mars is much less dense. Incredible that they were able to do this!
 

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Upcoming NASA event: a launch window will open on Nov 24 2021 for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). The window extends through February 15, 2022. Purpose is to hit the smaller of a duo of asteroids and measure the redirection of the larger asteroid's orbit. Naturally we're going to try to do this quite far away from this planet... around 11 million kilometers... so the targeted pair of objects won't be reached until next September. A camera satellite designed by the Italian Space Agency will be aboard, to be deployed from the spacecraft a couple days before impact.



The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is designed to evaluate the kinetic impact technique by striking an asteroid with a spacecraft at high relative velocity and observing the resulting change in orbit. The test involves flying the DART spacecraft at high relative velocity into the smaller of two asteroids that are co-orbiting in a binary pair, and using Earth-based observations before and after the impact to study the effects on the orbit. It will also carry the LICIA Cube CubeSat, which will be released prior to the encounter to image the impact and its result. DART along with the ESA Hera mission make up the international Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) collaboration.

Anyway tonight at 7pm NASA will have a press conference about DART's upcoming launch,

 
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Upcoming NASA event: a launch window will open on Nov 24 2021 for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). The window extends through February 15, 2022. Purpose is to hit the smaller of a duo of asteroids and measure the redirection of the larger asteroid's orbit. Naturally we're going to try to do this quite far away from this planet... around 11 million kilometers... so the targeted pair of objects won't be reached until next September. A camera satellite designed by the Italian Space Agency will be aboard, to be deployed from the spacecraft a couple days before impact.





Anyway tonight at 7pm NASA will have a press conference about DART's upcoming launch,

Outstanding, why sit here like… sitting ducks. :unsure:
 
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