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Nasa will send helicopter to Mars to test otherworldly flight

Nasa will send helicopter to Mars to test otherworldly flight

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Nasa is sending a helicopter to Mars, in the first test of a heavier-than-air aircraft on another planet.The Mars Helicopter will be bundled with the US space agency's Mars rover when it launches in 2020.Its design team spent more than four years shrinking a working helicopter to "the size of a softball" and cutting its weight to 1.8kg (4lbs).It is specifically designed to fly in the atmosphere of Mars, which is 100 times thinner than Earth's.Nasa describes the helicopter as a "heavier-than-air" aircraft because the other type - sometimes called an aerostat - are balloons and blimps. Soviet scientists dropped two balloons into the atmosphere of Venus in the 1980s. No aircraft has ever taken off from...
NASA share photo from Operation IceBridge flight

NASA share photo from Operation IceBridge flight

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April 27 (UPI) -- NASA scientists conducted the longest flight of the Operation IceBridge mission's spring campaign this week. On Friday, the space agency shared a photo captured during the flight.The image features a ridge in Greenland dividing a pair of glacial valleys. The deep blue of a fjord and the Arctic sky interrupt the snow-capped mountains.The most recent Operation IceBridge flight lasted 8.5 hours, allowing scientists to collect data on several glaciers and other points of interest.The IceBridge mission is the largest airborne polar survey yet undertaken. Flights over Greenland will continue through May. In October and November, scientists will survey Antarctica."It is yielding unprecedented three-dimensional views of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves and sea ice," N...
Australia-UK: First direct flight takes 17 hours

Australia-UK: First direct flight takes 17 hours

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The first non-stop flight between Australia and the UK has landed at London.Qantas 9 (QF9) landed at Heathrow's Terminal 3 just after 5am - 17 hours after departing from Perth on Australia's west coast.Image:The Qantas 787 Dreamliner took off from Perth in AustraliaThe Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed the journey of around 9,000 miles to touch down two minutes earlier than scheduled.Previously the flight had to stop in either Singapore or the Middle East but cutting out those stopovers slashed roughly three hours from the previous flight time.The Qantas flight is the world's second-longest, after a Qatar Airways service between Doha and Auckland, which covers 9,028 miles.Qantas said on Twitter that the flight was led by Captain Lisa Norman, Captain Jeff Foote, First Officer Dave Summergre...
SpaceX celebrates 50th flight of Falcon 9

SpaceX celebrates 50th flight of Falcon 9

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SpaceX has celebrated the 50th flight of its Falcon 9 rocket following the successful launch of a satellite on Monday evening.The launch that achieved the rocket's half-century took place from the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral in Florida.It included the Falcon 9's largest ever payload, the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite, which is "almost the size of a city bus".SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said it was the largest geostationary satellite SpaceX had ever carried.Geostationary satellites orbit the Earth at the same speed that it rotates on its axis, effectively remaining in a stationary position in the sky.Video:Falcon 9 taking off from Cape CanaveralCommunications satellites are often placed into geostationary orbits - approximately 37.5km from the surface of the Earth ...
Asteroid set for 'close' 43,300 mile flight past Earth on Friday

Asteroid set for 'close' 43,300 mile flight past Earth on Friday

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An asteroid up to 40m in size and only discovered five days ago, is due to skim past the Earth on Friday.Asteroid 2018 CB will pass by at just less than one-fifth the distance between the Earth and the Moon.It was first spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey in Tucson, Arizona, a Nasa-funded project to record potentially hazardous asteroids.However, while the pass is relatively close in astronomical terms, it's nowhere near enough to be a threat.The 15-40m space rock is set to make its closest approach to Earth at 22:27 GMT."Although 2018 CB is quite small, it might well be larger than the asteroid that entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, almost exactly five years ago, in 2013," said Paul Chodas, manager of Nasa's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. Media playback is unsupported...