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It now seems likely that Starliner will not launch crew until early 2022

It now seems likely that Starliner will not launch crew until...

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Enlarge / What a docking of Boeing's Starliner to the International Space Station will look like. About five weeks have passed since Boeing updated the status of its Starliner spacecraft, with the company saying it was "evaluating" a new target launch date for its next mission. This test flight of Starliner, which will not carry crew,…
Lego has a new 2,354-piece NASA Space Shuttle set, and it’s awesome

Lego has a new 2,354-piece NASA Space Shuttle set, and it’s...

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Lego's latest official NASA set is this massive model of space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-31. Jonathan Gitlin There are 17 bags of Lego bricks. Well, technically there are 19, because there are two bags labeled 2 and a bag that isn't labeled that contains some softer pieces that would otherwise get scratched in transit.…
NASA lays out plans for its first flights on Mars

NASA lays out plans for its first flights on Mars

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On Tuesday, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) hosted a press conference where it detailed the plans for the Ingenuity drone that hitched a ride to Mars attached to the underside of the Perseverance rover. The scientists and engineers behind the drone announced that they've now picked a site for what is expected to be the…
NASA fired up its new rocket for 499.6 seconds on Thursday

NASA fired up its new rocket for 499.6 seconds on Thursday

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The SLS Core Stage ignites, beginning a nominal full-duration hot-fire test on March 18, 2021. Vertical view of the plume that the SLS Core Stage sends skyward during the Green Run hot-fire test. Trevor Mahlmann During a second attempt, the SLS Core Stage fires for a full 8 minutes at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.…
Russia turns away from NASA, says it will work with China on a Moon base

Russia turns away from NASA, says it will work with China...

Simon Stacpoole | Offside | Getty Images The heads of the Chinese and Russian space agencies signed an agreement on Tuesday to work together to build a "scientific" station on the Moon. Under terms of a memorandum of understanding, the two countries will cooperate on creation of an "International Lunar Science Station" and plan to…
Perseverance’s eyes see a different Mars

Perseverance’s eyes see a different Mars

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Enlarge / Perseverance's two Mastcam-Z imagers (in the gray boxes) are part of the rover's remote sensing mast. NASA The seven minutes of terror are over. The parachute deployed; the skycrane rockets fired. Robot truck goes ping! Perseverance, a rover built by humans to do science 128 million miles away, is wheels-down on Mars. Phew.…
Perseverance on Mars: Where it is, and what the next steps are

Perseverance on Mars: Where it is, and what the next steps...

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In their first press conference following Perseverance's successful landing on Mars, NASA and JPL scientists revealed some information on where the rover landed and what to expect for the next several days and weeks as it begins its mission in earnest. Pics or it didn’t happen One of the first orders of business is getting…
So long Senator Shelby: Key architect of SLS rocket won’t seek reelection

So long Senator Shelby: Key architect of SLS rocket won’t seek...

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Enlarge / Retiring Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala.Scott J. Ferrell | Getty Images Nearly two years ago, then-NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine made a remarkable appearance before a Senate committee to discuss US leadership in space. He was feeling the pressure to keep deadlines—something NASA struggles to do given the scope and complexity of its projects.…
The Trump administration left Biden with a rocket dilemma

The Trump administration left Biden with a rocket dilemma

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Enlarge / And the day that was comes to a close at NASA's Stennis Space Center after the SLS rocket fired up for the Green Run test on January 16, 2021.Trevor Mahlmann Nearly two years ago, then Vice President Mike Pence delivered the most consequential space policy speech of his tenure in office. During a…
After a decade, NASA’s big rocket fails its first real test

After a decade, NASA’s big rocket fails its first real test

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At 4:27pm central time, the SLS rocket core stage ignited its four RS-25 engines at NASA's Stennis Space Center. The test was to last up to eight minutes. Trevor Mahlmann for Ars The test looked, felt, and sounded incredible basked in the late-afternoon Mississippi sunlight. Trevor Mahlmann for Ars But ultimately, the test ended much…

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