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Everything SpaceX had to get right for Crew Dragon’s Splashdown

SpaceX and NASA’s Crew Demo-2 mission is officially a success after the safe return of the Crew Dragon capsule and the astronauts inside. Elon Musk has said that this was the most nerve-racking part of the entire mission. High speeds and temperatures make it extremely dangerous to reenter Earth’s atmosphere […]
Everything SpaceX had to get right for Crew Dragon’s Splashdown
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Why do planes dump fuel?

A pilot will choose to dump fuel only on very rare occasions. In the case of an emergency situation the flight crew can decide to dump, dirty up the plane or land heavy. The dumped fuel evaporates before it hits the ground. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Following […]
Why do planes dump fuel?
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Why aeroplane takeoffs and landings are so dangerous

Boeing research shows that takeoff and landing are statistically more dangerous than any other part of a flight. 49% of all fatal accidents happen during the final descent and landing phases of the average flight, while 14% of all fatal accidents happen during takeoff and initial climb. During takeoff and […]
Why aeroplane takeoffs and landings are so dangerous
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Watch how planes sideways land in high crosswinds

Aeroplane crabbing is usually needed because of high crosswinds. Those strong winds can also prevent planes from taking off and landing at the airport. Watch the video above to learn exactly how the aircraft lands in these conditions. Following is a transcript of the video. Alex Appolonia: It’s not always […]
Watch how planes sideways land in high crosswinds
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NASA’s $830-million Mars mission is about to land. Here’s a second-by-second timeline of the InSight probe’s treacherous journey to the Martian surface.

NASA’s InSight robot will attempt a Mars landing around 7am AEDT Tuesday, November 27. The $US830-million mission must perfectly execute thousands of steps to not burn up, crash, or get tossed into deep space. NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory created a timeline of events to track the roughly 14-minute-long landing process. […]
NASA’s $830-million Mars mission is about to land. Here’s a second-by-second timeline of the InSight probe’s treacherous journey to the Martian surface.
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What aeroplane turbulence is, and why it’s no big deal

Aeroplane turbulence may seem like the end of the road, but, statistically, there is no data of a plane crash caused by turbulence. Here’s why turbulence is caused, and why it shouldn’t stop you from booking your next flight. Following is a transcript of the video. Why turbulence is no […]
What aeroplane turbulence is, and why it’s no big deal