NASA Sending A Tiny Helicopter To Mars In 2020

Time to spread those little wings and fly! NASA will send a helicopter to Mars in just three years as part of the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission. They call it a helicopter but to my eye it looks and acts much like a drone. The small, autonomous rotor-craft is scheduled to launch in July 2020 to…
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InSight Mission Blasts Off To Mars / Chance For Weekend Auroras

We’re headed back to Mars! NASA’s Mars InSight mission lifted off at 6:05 a.m. (Central Time) this morning from the West Coast en route to the Red Planet. After a 6½ month journey, it will arrive and set up camp on Nov. 26. The landing site is Elysium Planitia, a broad, smooth plain just north…
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Voyager 1 Fires Thrusters After 37 Years, Gets New Lease On Life

If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for a couple years, you’d have to clean and replace parts then hope.  But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up after 37 years in the deep chill of interstellar space.  In that same time interval, I’ve…
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California Wildfires Visible From Outer Space

California’s a tinderbox. We feel for the people who are suffering through some of the worst wildfires the region has even seen. The TV drone footage of entire blocks of homes ravaged by fire makes us gasp. We can imagine it happening in our neighborhood as natural catastrophe knows no limits in the long run. The…
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See What The August Eclipse Will Look Like … From Anywhere

There’s so much out there about the August 21 total solar eclipse, it’s like swimming through mud trying to find simple, essential information. But let’s give it a try. Lots of us want to know how much of the sun will be covered from wherever we might happen to be that day. Except for the narrow…
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