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NASA stands for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, aeronautics and space research.
The company of the American entrepreneur Elon Musk SpaceX has won a NASA contract to create the lunar lander for landing astronauts on the Moon as part of the Artemis program.
NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter touched the surface of the Red Planet after being dropped off from the Perseverance rover. A little more than a week is left before the first flight of the helicopter.
Thanks to the rover's first Martian drive, NASA engineers were able to make sure that Perseverance was indeed capable of covering 200 meters a day in the next two years to collect samples of Martian soil.
This week’s stories feature an engineer who invented the icycycle, a bicycle for riding on ice, and a Mars Perseverance Photo Booth that lets you create images of yourself on Mars.
Enthusiasts say that the phrase "Dare Mighty Things," the motto of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was encrypted on a parachute in the form of a pattern that can be translated into letters using a binary code.
The footage captures all stages of the rover's descent and landing, from the moment the parachute deploys in the atmosphere of Mars to the separation of the descent stage after Perseverance touched down on the planet's surface.
The mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed the touchdown on the Red Planet's Jezero Crater at 3:55 PM EST, but it took about 11 minutes to get a radio signal back from Mars and to know it happened.