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NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will leave asteroid Bennu TODAY

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will leave asteroid Bennu today and begin its 1.4 billion mile, two year long journey back to the Earth, the space agency confirmed. OSIRIS-REx (the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) was the first NASA mission to visit a near-Earth asteroid, survey the surface, and collect a sample to deliver to Earth. The spaceship was sent to study Bennu, an asteroid around the size of the Empire State Building and 200 million miles away, between the orbit of Earth and Mars. OSIRIS-REx gathered 2.1 ounces (60 grams) of rock and dust during its land and grab mission to the surface of the giant space rock, filling its storage compartment. It will begin its long journey home at 21:00 BST (16:00 EDT), with a live broadcast from NASA sharing the moment it fires its thrusters to push away from Bennu's orbit. If all goes to plan, OSIRIS-REx will orbit the sun twice, travelling 1.4 billion miles as it lines up with Earth, returning its samples in Utah on September 24, 2023.


NASA Releases Hi-Res Video, Audio Of Mars Helicopter Flying Across Red Planet

International Business Times

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has achieved yet another first after capturing the sounds of another spacecraft hovering on the red planet. Using the microphone on its rock-zapping SuperCam instrument, the six-wheeled robot listened to the sounds of the Ingenuity helicopter on April 30 and recorded the whirring of its fast-spinning rotors. This marked the first time a spacecraft has recorded audio of another probe on a world beyond Earth. This was the chopper's fourth flight since Perseverance and Ingenuity landed together on Feb. 18 on the floor of Mars' Jezero Crater, NASA said in a statement. A video recently released by NASA combined the footage from Perseverance's Mastcam-Z imager of the solar-powered helicopter with the recorded audio, allowing scientists to know how the robot is performing just by tuning in to the sound it makes.


Feature stores – how to avoid feeling that every day is Groundhog Day - KDnuggets

#artificialintelligence

Work as a data scientist follows a cycle: log in, clean data, define features, test and build a model, and make sure the model is running smoothly. Sounds straightforward enough, except not all parts of the cycle are created equal: data preparation takes 80% of any given data scientist's time. No matter what project you're working on, most days you're cleaning data and converting raw data into features that machine learning models can understand. The monotonous hole of data prep blends hours together and makes each day of work feel identical to the one before it. Why can't you do this tedious process more effectively?


NASA releases video and audio of Ingenuity flying on Mars as the helicopter sets off on its own Friday

FOX News

Jose Hernandez joins'Fox News Live' to discuss NASA's historic feat and Blue Origin's latest successful launch, return. NASA's Mars Ingenuity helicopter took off on its fifth test flight Friday, but it won't be returning to the Perseverance rover this time. The helicopter took flight around 3:30 p.m. ET from Wright Brothers Field, where it has performed its previous test flights, with the plan this time to head south 423 feet and land in a new area for the first time. Data from the light will transmit back to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory around 7:30 p.m. on Friday. NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter can be seen hovering over Jezero Crater.


The Morning After: NASA makes more flight plans for the Mars copter

Engadget

While there are many free-to-play titles these days, it seems like most high-profile games don't give players a way to try them out without paying the full price up front. That's not the case for Resident Evil Village, although an odd time-locked system has made it frustrating for fans to dive into the game before it's released next week. The good news is that Capcom has relaxed its policy a bit. The final demo will unlock tonight on PlayStation, Xbox, Steam and Stadia, and players can get a 60 minute taste of the game -- complete with towering vampire ladies -- at any point over the next eight days. On Friday, NASA announced it plans to transition the rotorcraft to an operational role once it completes its remaining test flights.


NASA's 'mole' tried to dig into Mars. It didn't go as planned.

Mashable

From the robots that fail miserably at their jobs to the robots dealing with our literal crap, Mashable's Crappy Robots dives into the complex world of automation -- for better or worse or much, much worse. After its first attempt to penetrate the rust-colored Martian surface in 2019, NASA's "mole" sent a signal back to Earth. It was not good news. The mole is part of the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP³) on NASA's InSight lander, which touched down on Mars in 2018. Built by the German Aerospace Center, the mole works by hammering itself into the ground.


NASA Mars helicopter 'Ingenuity' fails to take flight during fourth run, rescheduled to Friday

FOX News

Jose Hernandez joins'Fox News Live' to discuss NASA's historic feat and Blue Origin's latest successful launch, return. NASA's helicopter on Mars, the four-pound "Ingenuity," failed to get off the ground for its fourth flight Thursday, but NASA said it is safe and will try again Friday. Previous test flights for the helicopter went well, with Ingenuity rising up 16 feet in the air during the third flight last Sunday then flashing downrange about 50 yards at a speed of 6.6 feet per second. The second test flight on April 22 and the first flight on April 19 also went as planned. The cause of Thursday's hiccup was a "watchdog" timer issue that prevented Ingenuity from transitioning to "flight mode."


A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit

Communications of the ACM

On Earth, avoiding collisions is a key priority for traffic cops, air traffic controllers, and the parents of toddlers. It is no different in space--and perhaps even more critical--given that objects orbiting the Earth are moving at more than 17,000 m.p.h., which means that even very small objects less than a centimeter in diameter have caused damage to the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle, and satellites. In fact, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) estimates there are more than 500,000 such objects orbiting the Earth that are larger than a marble, and at least a million smaller pieces of debris that cannot be tracked. Based on the growing number of commercial and government launches of spacecraft, satellites, and even space stations, the number of objects that will need to be catalogued, tracked, and managed is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. And the solutions to this issue are fraught with both technical and political challenges.


Biggest space station crowd in decade after SpaceX arrival

FOX News

SpaceX successfully launches NASA astronauts from Kennedy Space Center into space. The International Space Station's population swelled to 11 on Saturday with the jubilant arrival of SpaceX's third crew capsule in less than a year. All of the astronauts -- representing the U.S., Russia, Japan and France -- managed to squeeze into camera view for a congratulatory call from the leaders of their space agencies. This image provided by NASA, astronauts from SpaceX join the astronauts of the International Space Station for an interview on Saturday, April 24, 2021. A recycled SpaceX capsule carrying four astronauts has arrived at the International Space Station, a day after launching from Florida.


NASA shares stunning photos of its Lunar Gateway space station

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA has shared a number of images showing what its upcoming Lunar Gateway space station will look like when it launches for the moon in 2024. The agency said the orbiting laboratory would provide astronauts with a'home away from home' during trips to the moon, and a staging post for lunar landings. The orbiting lab will have a four person capacity and will see NASA work with some existing International Space Station partners including Europe, Japan and Canada. Large parts of the station will be built by commercial partners and will have a docking port for the SpaceX Starship lunar lander that will ferry astronauts between the orbiting base and the surface of the moon. NASA also confirmed that the platform will help address one of the biggest concerns for space travel beyond Earth's orbit by measuring radiation levels.