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Perseverance rover fumbled 1st Mars sampling attempt because of 'unique' powdery rock
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August 13, 2021
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Perseverance Mars rover fumbled 1st sampling attempt because of 'unique' powdery rock, NASA finds
NASA's Perseverance rover's first sample collection didn't go as planned due to trouble with a "unique" and unexpectedly powdery Mars rock.
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Boeing's Starliner spacecraft won't be flying to the International Space Station on a crucial NASA test flight this month after all.
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Spaceflight
NASA's Mars helicopter spots its Perseverance rover pal from above in an epic view (video)
Can you spot the Mars rover in this view from NASA's Ingenuity helicopter?
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The sun-exploring spacecraft Solar Orbiter has captured this video of a glowing crescent of Venus as it flew past the planet during an orbit adjustment maneuver on Monday (Aug 9).
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Science & Astronomy
How big is a black hole? How messily it 'eats' may be a clue.
Astronomers think they have a new way to calculate the size of supermassive black holes: by studying the feeding patterns of these invisible giants.
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If the possibility of an asteroid called Bennu slamming into Earth a lifetime from now was keeping you up at night, NASA scientists think you can rest a little easier.
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Skywatching
How far is Earth from the sun?
(Pixabay)
Earth orbits the sun at an average of 92,955,807 miles (149,597,870 kilometers). The distance from Earth to the sun is also called an astronomical unit, or AU, which is used to measure distances throughout the solar system.
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Scanning through data fresh off the telescope, we saw two ghosts dancing deep in the cosmos. We had never seen anything like it before, and we had no idea what they were.
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Entertainment
See the first 'Blade Runner: Black Lotus' trailer and catch a sneak peek at the opening minutes
The first trailer and a sneak peek at "Blade Runner: Black Lotus" are here and they're packed with sci-fi awesomeness.
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Estes' DARC-1 is its most challenging Space Corps model rocket kit yet
Model rocket maker Estes has unveiled its newest expert-level rocket the DARC-1, as the latest addition to their Space Corps line just in time for the last days of summer. 
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