NASA delays first flight of Mars helicopter

WASHINGTON — NASA announced April 10 it was postponing the first flight attempt of the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars by at least three days after detecting a problem during a final pre-flight test. In a brief statement, NASA said that the command sequence for an April 9 test of the vehicle’s rotors, where they would…

1st flight of NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity delayed

NASA has delayed the first flight of its Mars helicopter Ingenuity after the vehicle’s last test ended earlier than planned. Ingenuity will now remain planted firmly on the Red Planet’s surface until at least Wednesday (April 14), according to a statement from the agency. The delay comes in response to an anomaly during a test…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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.…

Exclusive: Salute 'Star Wars Day' with this mouth-watering 'Star Wars: Galactic Baking' cookbook

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…

General Atomics wins DARPA contract to design nuclear reactor to power missions to the moon

WASHINGTON — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a $22 million contract to General Atomics to design a small nuclear reactor for space propulsion, the agency announced April 9. General Atomics, based in San Diego, California, was selected for the first phase of a program known as a DRACO, short for demonstration rocket for…

NASA's Mars Helicopter Ingenuity is 'go' for historic 1st flight on Sunday

Humanity’s first helicopter on Mars has been cleared for a historic takeoff. Ingenuity will take to the skies above Jezero Crater Sunday (April 11) on a 40-second flight — roughly four times longer than the Wright brothers’ first flight on Earth over 117 years ago. The first data, successful or not, should flow back to…

NASA to land 1st person of color on the moon with Artemis program

NASA will land the first person of color in addition to the first woman on the moon with the Artemis program, NASA’s Acting Administrator Steve Jurczyk revealed today (April 9).  Today, President Joe Biden’s administration submitted a budget proposal outlining its priorities for discretionary spending for the fiscal year 2022 to Congress. The proposed budget…

Biden proposes $24.7 billion NASA budget in 2022 to support moon exploration and more

More than two months after taking office, President Joe Biden has offered a first look at his budget priorities, and the signs for NASA are generally promising. The administration today (April 9) unveiled a so-called “skinny budget” for fiscal year 2022, which begins on Oct. 1. Biden’s proposed budget requests $24.7 billion for NASA, a…

Biden administration proposes $24.5 billion budget for NASA in 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House released a first look at its budget proposal for fiscal year 2022 that includes an increase in funding for NASA, particularly Earth science and space technology programs. The 58-page budget document, released April 9, outlines the Biden administration discretionary spending priorities. It provides only high-level details, though, with a full…

How to watch NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity's first flight online

The first helicopter is expected to attempt the first-ever flight on Mars on Sunday (April 11), with NASA unveiling the results a day later, and you can follow it all online. NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity flight coverage actually begins today (April 9) with a preflight press conference at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT). You can…

'For All Mankind' sneak peek: Astronaut climbs to edge of space in a T-38 in 'And Here's to You'

One of NASA’s astronauts pushes the envelope on their jet aircraft in the new episode of “For All Mankind,” airing Friday (April 9) on Apple TV+. In a sneak-peek clip on YouTube from “And Here’s To You” shows NASA’s chief astronaut Molly Cobb (played by Sonya Walger) trying to get as close as she can…

Watch NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity test its blades! (video)

NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity is warming up its rotor blades as the team’s engineers undertake final preparations for its first-ever flight on the Red Planet, scheduled for Sunday (April 11). The agency will hold a final preflight news conference today (April 9) at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT), which you can watch on this page…

Win some SpaceX swag in our latest giveaway!

The Space.com community has a special giveaway going on this week, celebrating the ambitions of SpaceX! As a community of space enthusiasts, we’re all naturally quite excited by the ramping up of attempted launches. To highlight and celebrate SpaceX’s spirit of exploration, we’re teaming up with The Space Store to hook one lucky winner up…

Nikon snaps up Boeing-backed supplier of 3D-printed satellite parts

SEOUL, South Korea — Japanese camera maker Nikon has acquired a controlling stake in U.S. startup Morf3D, an aerospace supplier that has produced 3D-printed metallic flight hardware for Boeing satellites and helicopters. The deal gives Tokyo-based Nikon a foothold in the flourishing satellite industry. “Morf3D has proven leadership in metal additive technology, a strong innovation…

Soyuz launches new crew to International Space Station

WASHINGTON — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying two Russian cosmonauts and one American astronaut arrived at the International Space Station April 9, a few hours after its launch from Kazakhstan. A Soyuz-2.1a rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:42 a.m. Eastern, placing the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft into orbit. That spacecraft docked with the station’s…

20 years of otherworldly thought experiments: A Q&A with artist Jonathon Keats

The master of the absurd but profound thought experiment is getting some of his artistic due. For the past two decades, Jonathon Keats has been asking us to recalibrate our assumptions about the universe and our place in it, through a series of projects that bury multiple layers of meaning beneath a veneer of playfulness…

Hubble telescope finds rare double quasars in ancient galactic collisions

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured not one but two pairs of distant quasars that existed some 10 billion years ago, a new study reports.  According to the team leading the research, the discovery was like finding a needle in a haystack, as the chance of locating a double quasar compared to a single quasar…

Director Neil Burger's 'Voyagers' launches a colony ship to the stars

Writer-director Neil Burger is well known for his provocative cinematic projects, most notably 2006’s period-set magician movie “The Illusionist,” 2011’s psychological thriller “Limitless,” and a trio of “Divergent” films adapted from author Veronica Roth’s young adult sci-fi novels.  Now Burger has his eyes fixed on the stars with his new science fiction adventure flick, “Voyagers,”…