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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon 2 spacecraft lifts off on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center for a re-supply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral

WASHINGTON - Four people are set to become the world's first all-civilian crew to fly into Earth orbit when they blast off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center Wednesday as space tourism takes its biggest leap yet.

Weather conditions are 70% favorable for Wednesday night's scheduled launch of Americans Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski and Sian Proctor from the U.S. spaceport's historic Launch Pad 39A, which was used for the Apollo moon missions during the 1960s and 70s.

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NASA Confirms Perseverance Mars Rover Retrieves First Rock Sample.

NASA confirmed Monday that its Perseverance Mars rover succeeded in collecting its first rock sample for scientists to pore over when a future mission eventually brings it back to Earth.

"I've got it!" the space agency tweeted, alongside a photograph of a rock core slightly thicker than a pencil inside a sample tube.

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A Spacex Falcon 9 with a Dragon 2 spacecraft lifts off on Pad39A at the Kennedy Space Center for a re-supply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Fla. June 3, 2021

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - A SpaceX shipment of ants, avocados and a human-sized robotic arm rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday.

The delivery — due to arrive Monday — is the company's 23rd for NASA in just under a decade.

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The U.S. space agency NASA reports the Ingenuity helicopter, the tiny aircraft that landed on Mars with the agency's Perseverance rover earlier this year, has completed its 12th flight over the red planet.

The U.S. space agency NASA reports the Ingenuity helicopter, the tiny aircraft that landed on Mars with the agency's Perseverance rover earlier this year, has completed its 12th flight over the red planet.

On its Twitter account late Monday, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which oversees the Perseverance mission, reported the success of the latest flight of the tiny aircraft, noting it flew over what JPL called "the geological wonder that is the 'South Séítah' region of Mars. In its tweet, JPL reported the craft climbed to a height of 10 meters over the martian surface and flew a 450-meter round trip for a total flight time of 169 seconds. The flight took place early Monday, but because of the delay in transmission time from Mars, its success was not confirmed until later.

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