Communications Blackout Ended: NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Finally Calls Home

NASA Ingenuity helicopter on Mars illustration

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter successfully completed its 52nd flight on April 26 despite communication difficulties that led to a loss of contact as the helicopter descended for a touchdown. (Illustration of NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars.) Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Laser Communications Relay: A Showcase for the Future of Space Data Transmission

NASA Laser Communications Relay Demonstration

Illustration of NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) communicating with the International Space Station via laser links. LCRD has successfully completed its first year of experiments, offering a glimpse into the future of data transmission from space. The system uses infrared light , allowing 10 to 100 times more data to be packaged into a … Read more

NASA’s HiRISE camera recently captured a heck of Martian dust. But why study them?

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NASA recently used its powerful High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to take a breathtaking image of a dust devil crossing the Syria Planum on Mars. A unique aspect of dust devils is that their shadows can be used to estimate their height, estimated to be up to 20km (12 … Read more

Can NASA’s solar storm studies avert the ‘internet apocalypse’?

August 12, 2018 - A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy lifts off from Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sunday, .  Aboard the rocket is the Parker Solar Probe on a mission to the Sun. Delta IV launch

The emergence of an imminent solar storm has brought with it the remote possibility that within the next decade, people on Earth could be without Internet access for months. If the Internet fails on such a large scale, the consequences could be devastating causing billions of dollars of losses per day to the US economy … Read more

Mission accomplished: NASA’s X-57, the pioneering electric aircraft that never took off

NASA X-57 Maxwell electric aircraft

NASA’s X-57 Maxwell all-electric aircraft project, having made substantial contributions to the fields of battery technology and motor control design, is expected to conclude its operations by September 2023. Although the X-57 has not Having completed its maiden flight due to mechanical issues, problems and component shortages, the main focus of the project was not … Read more

NASA’s solar storm ‘Internet Apocalypse’ alert explained

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Illustration via Getty Images This warning is not new, we have been told for some years that there is a strong likelihood that a powerful solar storm could potentially disrupt the internet for an extended period of time. But if you think; “Oh well, I could do with some time away from social media” is … Read more

Astronomers discover the last three planets observed by NASA’s Kepler space telescope before dark

Final observing campaign of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope

With the help of citizen scientists, astronomers have discovered what may be the last three planets the Kepler Space Telescope saw before it was retired. This illustration depicts NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, which retired in October 2018, and three planets discovered in its final days of data. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech (K. Walbolt) In its last days … Read more