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Today’s Deep Space Extra

24 Feb 2021, 14:09 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A senator urges the Biden White House to re-enlist the National Space Council. The White House is remaining silent on rumors of a nominee for NASA administrator.

Space ScienceThere’s a hidden message in the parachute of NASA’s Mars roverThe Verge (2/23): It turns out the orange and white stripes that adorned the parachute that helped to lower NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover to the surface of the Red Planet last Thursday carried a message in binary code, “Dare Mighty Things.”
Scientists’ predictions for the long-term future of the Voyager Golden Records will blow your mindSpace.com (2/23): As they launched in 1977 on long missions across the solar system, NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft carried golden record discs upon which were recorded sounds and images that portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth should the two spacecraft one day be encountered by another civilization. A recent assessment of how long the records might last suggests on the order of 5 billion years.
OpinionWhy the National Space Council mattersSpaceNews.com (2/23): In an op-ed, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), the ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, calls for the ...

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