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An Astronomical look at the Night Sky for May 2021
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SpaceX Dragon capsule with four astronauts splashes down in the Gulf of Mexico on return from International Space Station in first night-time descent since Apollo 8

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NASA´s Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan´s Soichi Noguchi, headed home on Saturday and landed in Gulf of Mexico this morning
The Crew Dragon capsule undocked from the ISS at 8:35pm ET
Flight back to Earth lasted just six-and-a-half hours
First U.S. splashdown in darkness since Apollo 8 returned from the moon in 1968
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Liftoff! Endeavour launches once again. Four astronauts from three countries on Crew-2 to Space station
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In this video captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover, the agency's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took the first powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2021.

The rover was parked at “Van Zyl Overlook,” about 211 feet (64.3 meters) away in Mars' Jezero Crater and chronicled the flight operations with its cameras.

These images from the rover’s Mastcam-Z cameras show the helicopter hovering above the Red Planet's surface. During this first flight, the helicopter climbed to an altitude of 10 feet (3 meters), hovered, and then touched back down on the surface of Mars.

Ingenuity is a technology demonstration. The 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) rotorcraft will help determine whether future explorations on Mars could include an aerial perspective.

Perseverance touched down at "Octavia E. Butler Landing" with Ingenuity attached to its belly on Feb. 18, 2021. The helicopter was deployed to the surface on April 3.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

On April 12, 1981, space shuttle Columbia launched for the first time with NASA astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen aboard.

With 10 years of design and development, the shuttle was the first of its kind — a reusable vehicle for travel to low-Earth orbit.

The STS-1 Mission would demonstrate safe launch into orbit and safe return of the orbiter and crew and verify the combined performance of the entire shuttle vehicle - orbiter, solid rocket boosters and external tank. Commander John Young called the flight “something just short of a miracle.”

The success of the STS-1 Mission was the beginning of an era and over the course of three decades, the space shuttle program redefined what we know about living in a microgravity environment.

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An Astronomical look at the Night Sky for April 2021
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Director of IBM Research Dario Gil behind the scenes of a real quantum computing lab. He'll explain how you (yes, you) can access and program quantum computers today.

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How can the millions of developers worldwide start working with quantum computing? Hear IBM Fellow and Vice President of IBM Quantum Jay Gambetta describe what you can do today to take advantage of quantum hardware and future cloud services.

IBM Research chief writer and editorial lead Katia Moskvitch will host a live, public discussion about the state of quantum computing with IBM Fellow and IBM Research-Europe Department Head Science & Technology Heike Riel. The two will cover IBM's current quantum technology, how it's being used and by whom, and how anyone can learn to program quantum computers now - and be ready for a future quantum industry and workforce. Join IBM Research editor Katia Moskvitch, live from IBM Research's lab in Zurich, for a conversation and Q&A with IBM Fellow Heike Riel.

An Astronomical look at the Night Sky for March 2021
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Wednesday, March 3, the SpaceX team attempted a high-altitude flight test of Starship serial number 10 (SN10) – the third high-altitude suborbital flight test of a Starship prototype from SpaceX’s site in Cameron County, Texas. Similar to the high-altitude flight tests of Starship SN8 and SN9, SN10 will be powered through ascent by three Raptor engines, each shutting down in sequence prior to the vehicle reaching apogee – approximately 10 km in altitude. SN10 will perform a propellant transition to the internal header tanks, which hold landing propellant, before reorienting itself for reentry and a controlled aerodynamic descent.

The Starship prototype will descend under active aerodynamic control, accomplished by independent movement of two forward and two aft flaps on the vehicle. All four flaps are actuated by an onboard flight computer to control Starship’s attitude during flight and enable precise landing at the intended location. SN10’s Raptor engines will then reignite as the vehicle attempts a landing flip maneuver immediately before touching down on the landing pad adjacent to the launch mount.

A controlled aerodynamic descent with body flaps and vertical landing capability, combined with in-space refilling, are critical to landing Starship at destinations across the solar system where prepared surfaces or runways do not exist, and returning to Earth. This capability will enable a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo on long-duration, interplanetary flights and help humanity return to the Moon, and travel to Mars and beyond.

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NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance mission captured thrilling footage of its rover landing in Mars' Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. The real footage in this video was captured by several cameras that are part of the rover's entry, descent, and landing suite. The views include a camera looking down from the spacecraft's descent stage (a kind of rocket-powered jet pack that helps fly the rover to its landing site), a camera on the rover looking up at the descent stage, a camera on the top of the aeroshell (a capsule protecting the rover) looking up at that parachute, and a camera on the bottom of the rover looking down at the Martian surface.

The audio embedded in the video comes from the mission control call-outs during entry, descent, and landing.

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After a seven-month-long journey, NASA’s Perseverance Rover successfully touched down on the Red Planet on Feb. 18, 2021. Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California celebrate landing NASA's fifth -- and most ambitious -- rover on Mars.

A key objective for Perseverance’s mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet’s geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith.

Also flying with Perseverance is NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, which will attempt to show controlled, powered flight is possible in the very thin Martian atmosphere.

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The Perseverance Mars rover is set to land on the Red Planet on Feb. 18. So what will the robotic scientist do once it lands? Meet our panel of mission experts who will talk about how Perseverance will search for signs of ancient microbial life and collect rock samples with the help of instruments such as SHERLOC. In addition to searching for signs of past life, our rover will also provide critical data on Mars’ geology and climate.

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Speakers:
• Lori Glaze, director, NASA’s Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters
• Ken Williford, Perseverance deputy project scientist, JPL
• Katie Stack Morgan, Perseverance deputy project scientist, JPL
• Luther Beegle, principal investigator, Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals (SHERLOC) instrument, JPL
• Jim Bell, principal investigator, Mastcam-Z instrument, Arizona State University, Tempe
• Sylvestre Maurice, deputy principal investigator, SuperCam instrument, Institut de Recherche Astrophysique et Planétologie, Toulouse, France

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All landings on Mars are difficult, but NASA's Perseverance rover is attempting to touch down in the most challenging terrain on Mars ever targeted.
Seven minutes to Mars. Perseverance rover's Feb. 18 entry, descent, & landing
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An Astronomical look at the Night Sky for February 2021
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We show you how to create a function in c++

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We discuss how to compile & run a C++ program

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President Biden delivers an update on the Administration’s response to the economic crisis.
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We live on a beautiful, interconnected blue planet. Our earth’s ocean is a vast resource that offers opportunities for economic development and job creation. For more than 50 years, NOAA has helped coastal communities and partners advance a resilient and sustainable American Blue Economy.

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A look at our 2021 milestones, starting with tomorrow's hot fire test of the NASA SLS
rocket core stage for NASA Artemis lunar missions.
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An Astronomical look at the Night Sky for January 2021
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An Astronomical look at the Night Sky for December 2020
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The Crew-1 mission has lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA Kennedy
and is en route to the Space Station

NASA is sending four astronauts to the @Space_Station
on a U.S. rocket from U.S. soil at 7:27pm ET on Sunday, Nov. 15.
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