Ingenuity continues to soar above and past all expectations. On its third profitable flight, NASA’s tiny Mars ‘copter flew farther and quicker than it ever had on Earth or Mars. It flew 50 meters (164 toes) north and reached a prime velocity of two meters per second (6.6 toes per second). Pictured: Ingenuity snapped this photograph of the Perseverance rover from the air throughout its third flight. Image credit score: NASA/JPL-Caltech.
Also on Mars: Perseverance transformed carbon dioxide from the environment into oxygen. In its first run, the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) instrument on Perseverance created about 5 grams of breathable oxygen, which might hypothetically enable an astronaut to breathe for about 10 minutes. It’s a small—however vital—step for future human explorers on the Red Planet.
Blue Origin has filed a 175-page protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), accusing NASA of unfair therapy after the company chosen SpaceX for its multi-billion-dollar lunar contract. Blue Origin, which was beforehand within the working to develop a spacecraft for the Artemis program, stated NASA’s choice “endangers America’s return to the moon.” Dynetics, the third primary bidder for the contract, lately introduced it additionally submitted a protest with the GAO over related issues.
After touring about 1500 kilometers (900 miles), the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage has made it to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. At roughly 65 meters (212 toes), it’s the most important rocket stage ever constructed by NASA. All primary parts of the SLS rocket that can perform the Artemis I mission are actually on website on the Kennedy Space Center.
China launched the primary piece of its new house station into Earth orbit. Tianhe, which implies “harmony of the heavens,” is the primary of three modules that can connect with kind a house station set for completion subsequent yr. A crew of Chinese astronauts is predicted to go to Tianhe in June.