The Downlink: Mars 2020 Ready to Ship, Christina Koch Sets New Record
Christina Koch during her first spacewalk
NASA astronaut Christina Koch participates in her first spacewalk outside the International Space Station on 29 March 2019. Koch participated in 6 spacewalks during her record-setting 328-day spaceflight.
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China’s Yutu-2 Moon rover powered down after its 14th lunar day of operations. To avoid damaging its instruments, the rover must sleep during the frigid lunar night, when temperatures plummet to -173 degrees Celsius (280 degrees Fahrenheit). Yutu-2 is part of the Chang’e-4 mission to explore the far side of the Moon, where an ancient impact may have exposed the Moon’s mantle. By studying this region directly, scientists will learn more about the early solar system and Earth. Learn more about Chang’e-4.
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