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NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter takes maiden flight on Mars, completes first-ever powered flight on another planet

Ingenuity is a mini 4-pound (1.8 kg) robotic helicopter flown to Mars with the Perseverance rover.

All you need to know about Elon Musk’s Starlink, which has begun pre-booking in India

Currently, Elon Musk's SpaceX, of which Starlink is a venture, has already sent 1000 such satellites to the Earth's orbit. In the future, the company plans to expand the number to a network of 12,000 satellites.

Meet Swati Mohan, the Star Trek inspired MIT graduate who led the landing of NASA’s rover on Mars

After the completion of her PhD, Swati Mohan had joined NASA again as a Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems Engineer.

#Inspiration4: Space X to launch its first commercial civilian mission to space in 2021. Read details

The civilian crew chosen for the commercial space programme will undergo training in orbital mechanics, stress testing, operating in zero gravity and microgravity.

Huge asteroid as wide as the length of Golden Gate Bridge and three smaller asteroids to fly by Earth in early January

NASA revealed that the asteroid which will fly past Earth on Jan 3 is as wide as the length of the world's longest main suspension bridge

Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari selected for the SpaceX Crew – 3 mission of the NASA, to be the spacecraft commander

Raja Chari will be flying to the International Space Station as part of the SpaceX Crew-3 mission that will be launched next year.

India may launch Chandrayaan-3 in early 2021, project will not include orbiter

Chandrayan 3 may be lanced in early 2021, says Jitendra Singh. The mission will only have a lander and rover, not orbiter.

ISRO facilities to be opened up for private firms, startups; central govt to bring a new liberal geospatial data policy

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government wants the private sector to be co-traveller in the space sector journey of ISRO

Debris from China’s Long March 5B rocket fall on West Africa, minutes after soaring over New York City: Reports

According to Spaceflight, the re-entry occurred less than 15 minutes after the rocket body soared almost directly over New York City. The rocket’s core stage measured around 100 feet (30 meters) long and 16 feet (5 meters) wide, with a mass of approximately 20 metric tons.

Vast Burial pits dug in Iran’s Qom due to massive coronavirus casualties now visible from the space

A senior analyst from Maxar Technologies revealed that the excavation work undertaken at the site in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak was clearly different from the burial practices of the past.

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