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  1. Comment on NASA's Ingenuity helicopter to begin new demonstration phase in ~space

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    Some quite exciting news about Ingenuity - Its mission will start to transition from 'technology demonstration' to 'operations demonstration' where mission operators will begin to use the heli as...

    Some quite exciting news about Ingenuity - Its mission will start to transition from 'technology demonstration' to 'operations demonstration' where mission operators will begin to use the heli as a scout for the Perseverance rover. The first round of operations demonstration is set for an additional 30 days beyond the initial 'Month of Ingenuity', however I cannot imagine if everything is going well they won't extend it indefinitely.

    This is largely due to the fact that mission operators have identified the current location in Jezero crater as a potential site for the first round of sampling/caching operations, so Perseverance will be staying in the area for at least the immediate future.

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  2. Comment on Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins has died at age 90 in ~space

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    Rest in peace - Sounds like the man had a great sense of humor. Talking about a Rorschach test during his psychological examinations: "I leafed through a whole series of them, and then the last...

    Rest in peace - Sounds like the man had a great sense of humor.

    Talking about a Rorschach test during his psychological examinations:

    "I leafed through a whole series of them, and then the last one was a blank sheet of paper, pure white, 8 by 10," he said. " 'Here, so what do you see?' they asked. I say, 'well, of course that's eleven polar bears fornicating in a snowbank.' And I could see the examiner's eyes kind of tighten. He didn't think that was funny. He didn't like people making light of his card set. Anyway, for whatever reason, I flunked. The next year, (in the inkblot) I saw my mother and my father, and my father was slightly larger and more authoritarian but not too much more than my mother, and I passed."

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