The Mars helicopter Ingenuity is about to make history in the skies of another world, ,

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NASA is about to make history on the Red Planet with the first controlled, powered flight on another world. This Sunday (April 11), NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity is expected to make its first-ever flight on Mars, a historic liftoff for the 4-pound (1.8 kilograms) craft. This flight will come 118 years after the Wright Brothers made their first successful powered …

On This Day in Space! April 10, 1982: India Launches 1st multipurpose satellite, ,

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On April 10, 1982, India launched its first multipurpose satellite, INSAT-1. This satellite was used for both communications and weather forecasting. The Indian Space Research Organization contracted NASA to launch it, and it was built by the American company Ford Aerospace. INSAT-1 lifted off on a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida and entered a geostationary orbit. This meant that …

How NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity can fly on the Red Planet, ,

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Flying on Mars is far from a breeze, but NASA is confident that its little helicopter is up to the challenge. That 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) chopper, named Ingenuity, landed with the agency’s Perseverance rover on Feb. 18 and is gearing up to make the first-ever powered, controlled flights on a world beyond Earth. If all goes according to plan, Ingenuity …

Make your own Mars helicopter Ingenuity out of paper with this NASA guide!, ,

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NASA is preparing to fly its Mars helicopter Ingenuity on the Red Planet for the first time, and students can join in the excitement by building paper versions of the craft at home. Ingenuity flew to the Red Planet attached to the belly of the Perseverance rover, which touched down on Mars on Feb. 18. Ingenuity dropped to the Martian …

Exclusive: Salute ‘Star Wars Day’ with this mouth-watering ‘Star Wars: Galactic Baking’ cookbook, ,

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Billed as the “The Official Cookbook of Sweet and Savory Treats from Tatooine, Hoth, and Beyond,” a sweet new “Star Wars” dessert and snack cookbook is heading to our galaxy just in time to celebrate “Star Wars Day” on May 4. “Star Wars: Galactic Baking” (Insight Editions, 2021) is a 128-page hardback containing over 30 otherworldly recipes themed after George …

Yuri’s Night 2021: Celebrate 60 years of human spaceflight tonight with Bill Nye, astronauts, OK Go and more, ,

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Celebrate human spaceflight at Yuri’s Night tonight (April 10) with Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye (aka the Science Guy), former NASA astronaut and NFL player Leland Melvin, Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson, the band OK Go, Inspiration4 astronaut Sian Proctor among other special space guests. Monday, April 12 marks two major space anniversaries: 60 years since the Soviet cosmonaut …