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Today’s Deep Space Extra

22 Feb 2021, 15:20 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Ingenuity Mars helicopter phones home. Northrop Grumman’s 15th Cygnus resupply spacecraft reaches the International Space Station.

Human Space ExplorationNASA sees “reasonable chance” of first SLS launch this yearCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceNews.com (2/19): With a successful attempt at conducting a second ground test firing of the first Space Launch System (SLS) core stage at NASA’s Stennis Space Center this coming Thursday, NASA has a reasonable chance of launching Artemis I by year’s end, according to agency managers. After this test, the last one in the Green Run series, the SLS core will be shipped to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and mated with boosters, upper stage, and an Orion crew capsule for the first Artemis mission.
Space ScienceBiden sees Perseverance and Mars sample return as U.S.- Europe unifiersSpacepolicyonline.com (2/19): Speaking with European policy makers a day after Perseverance successfully landed on Mars, President Biden said a follow-on joint mission to bring back to Earth samples of the Martian surface gathered by the rover would be a unifying force. Studies of the samples using high technology that is not part of the rover could reveal whether Mars once hosted some form ...

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