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Today’s Deep Space Extra

28 May 2021, 14:42 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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Deep Space Extra will not run Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
We will return on Tuesday, June 1.

In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Ingenuity helicopter weathers a challenging flight on Mars. Congress asks the Government Accountability Office to investigate NASA cybersecurity.

Space ScienceIngenuity perseveres through stressful sixth flightSpacepolicyonline.com (5/27): May 22 marked the sixth flight of NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter on Mars. During the flight, an error in the small aircraft’s navigation system caused it to twist and turn unexpectedly. Nonetheless, Ingenuity managed to land safely within several feet of its intended landing zone. Delivered by NASA’s Perseverance rover on February 18, Ingenuity will continue the operational phase of a mission to scout out sample collection sites for the rover.
NASA’s MOXIE experiment is making oxygen on MarsWired (5/28): MOXIE, or the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, a device aboard the Perseverance rover, is extracting small amounts of oxygen from the Martian atmosphere (which is 96 percent carbon dioxide) through a process called electrolysis. This weekend, MOXIE will run the oxygen-grabbing process for the third time since the rover landed in February, each time producing enough for a human to breathe for about ...

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