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Today’s Deep Space Extra

7 Apr 2021, 13:45 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Hull thrusters will fly on a deep space mission for the first time. Congress plans to move ahead with FY2022 appropriations bills regardless of when White House sends budget request.

Space ScienceMars Helicopter Ingenuity snaps 1st color photo on Red PlanetSpace.com (4/6): Waiting to take flight, potentially on Sunday, NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has transmitted its first color image of Jezero Crater back to Earth. The image shows the crater and a portion of two wheels of the Perseverance rover. Ingenuity, which rode along Perseverance, is poised to become the first aircraft to take flight in the atmosphere of another planet. While the chopper doesn’t carry any science instruments, it will capture imagery during its flights.
NASA’s most metal mission will test new, higher-power electric thrustersCoalition Member in the News – MaxarArs Technica (4/6): Hull thrusters use a simpler design than ion thrusters and are used in communications satellites in geostationary orbit. For the first time, Hull thrusters will be used in deep space by the mission to visit Psyche, a metal-rich asteroid located between Mars and Jupiter. Recently, Maxar delivered the Psyche spacecraft’s chassis to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The mission is ...

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