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Watch SpaceX return Crew Dragon astronauts to Earth starting at 5:45PM ET – Engadget

SpaceX is about to return astronauts to Earth aboard Crew Dragon for the first time, and you can watch starting at 5:45PM Eastern.

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Whenever there’s a return, it’ll mark the successful completion of the first round trip of a private crewed space capsule. While this kind of mission won’t be routine for a long time, it represents an important moment in the shift away from strictly government-run spaceflight. The next major step may involve flights with civilians.
Behnken and Hurley also weren’t just on the station for show. They both conducted and assisted with numerous experiments, such as Earth observation studies and resea…

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NASA telescope uncovers the cause of Betelgeuse’s mysterious dimming – CNET

And new observations suggest the red supergiant star is dimming again.

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Betelgeuse will go supernova and explode… eventually.
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In the Before Times, when the coronavirus was only just beginning its grim march across the globe, our troubles were much farther away. About 640 light-years farther away, in fact. Astronomers observing Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star, had been puzzled by its mysterious dimming. Some believed the event, which lasted from November 2019 to February 2020, was a portent of doom signaling the star’s upcoming explosion. But then the dimmi…

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Powered Up for the First Time in Interplanetary Space – SciTechDaily

Headed to the Red Planet with the Perseverance rover, the pioneering helicopter is powered up for the first time in interplanetary space as part of a systems check. NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter received a checkout and recharge of its power system on Frida…

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The cruise phase began after the spacecraft separated from the rocket, soon after launch. The spacecraft departs Earth at a speed of about 24,600 mph (about 39,600 kph). The trip to Mars will take about seven months and about 300 million miles (480 million kilometers). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Headed to the Red Planet with the Perseverance rover, the pioneering helicopter is powered up for the first time in interplanetary space as part of a systems check.
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter recei…

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NASA sets Oct. 23 as target launch date for first operational Crew Dragon mission – Spaceflight Now

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NASAs SpaceX Crew-1 crew members are seen seated in the companys Crew Dragon spacecraft during crew equipment interface training. From left to right are NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, mission specialist; Victor Glover, pilot; and Mike Hopkins, Crew Dragon commander; and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, mission specialist. Credit: SpaceX
The first operational flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft with four astronauts aboard is set to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida no earlier …

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