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NASA is launching its $2.4 billion Perseverance Mars rover on Thursday. The nuclear-powered robot will test technologies astronauts need on the red planet.

NASA is about to send its next rover to Mars: a nuclear-powered robot called Perseverance. Perseverance is expected to record the first high-quality video and audio of Mars, drill rock samples that could contain signs of alien life, and deploy the first interplanetary helicopter. Here’s how NASA’s newest Mars rover […]
NASA is launching its $2.4 billion Perseverance Mars rover on Thursday. The nuclear-powered robot will test technologies astronauts need on the red planet.
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Warren Buffett spent $6.5 billion to help Mars acquire Wrigley during the financial crisis. Here’s the story of how he made the candy deal happen.

Warren Buffett spent $US6.5 billion to help Mars acquire Wrigley during the financial crisis. The famed investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO bought $US2.1 billion of Wrigley preferred stock paying a 5% annual dividend, and $US4.4 billion in bonds boasting an 11.45% interest rate. The merger was “completed without pause while, […]
Warren Buffett spent $6.5 billion to help Mars acquire Wrigley during the financial crisis. Here’s the story of how he made the candy deal happen.
Tech

‘One of the most difficult jobs in America’: NASA is now counting on Kathy Lueders, a 28-year space agency veteran, to land 2 astronauts on the moon in 2024

Under NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, two chiefs of the agency’s human spaceflight have departed within a year, including Bill Gerstenmaier and Doug Loverro. Last week, NASA announced Kathy Lueders – a 28-year agency veteran and leader of the program overseeing SpaceX’s first crewed flight to orbit – would now lead […]
‘One of the most difficult jobs in America’: NASA is now counting on Kathy Lueders, a 28-year space agency veteran, to land 2 astronauts on the moon in 2024
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NASA’s next Mars rover is officially called ‘Perseverance’

NASA chose the name “Perseverance” for its next Mars rover, which is scheduled to launch in July. A 7th-grade student from Virginia proposed the name as part of a contest. He will get to watch the rover launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Perseverance will search Mars for signs of ancient […]
NASA’s next Mars rover is officially called ‘Perseverance’
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NASA’s InSight lander is revealing Mars to be far more shaky than we thought. It picked up about 450 quakes and 10,000 ground-bending whirlwinds.

NASA’sInSight lander has detected about 450 quakes on Mars. An initial set of InSight research analysed 174 of those quakes and about 10,000 “dust devil” whirlwinds that bend the ground. The findings reveal that Mars has a dry, crumbled upper crust, probably from asteroid impacts. Scientists hope that a bigger […]
NASA’s InSight lander is revealing Mars to be far more shaky than we thought. It picked up about 450 quakes and 10,000 ground-bending whirlwinds.
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New, detailed pictures of planets, moons, and comets are neither photos nor animations — they’re made using data from 50 years of NASA missions

Visualising distant planets, moons, and comets in our solar system can be challenging. Typically, astronomers use images from NASA missions or artistic renditions to show what space objects look like. Now, planetariums like the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium are turning to a new method – data visualisation […]
New, detailed pictures of planets, moons, and comets are neither photos nor animations — they’re made using data from 50 years of NASA missions
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The coolest photos of the solar system taken in the decade you were born

NASA spacecraft and telescopes have captured stunning photos of the solar systemfor decades. The first image taken in space came from a rocket camera in 1946. Before that, astronomers took black-and-white images of celestial objects using telescopes on Earth. If you were a kid in the 1960s, you grew up […]
The coolest photos of the solar system taken in the decade you were born
Tech

A stirring new SpaceX animation of Starship launching shows how the rocket company plans to turn Texas into Earth’s interplanetary transport hub

On Saturday, Elon Musk showed off new details of SpaceX’s planned super-heavy launch system called Starship. SpaceX posted a new animation on YouTube that shows the 39-story rocket launching from Boca Chica, Texas, where the company is developing the system, including a prototype called Starship Mark 1. The animation underscores […]
A stirring new SpaceX animation of Starship launching shows how the rocket company plans to turn Texas into Earth’s interplanetary transport hub
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Your favourite snacks are reportedly destroying ‘the orangutan capital of the world’ – but companies like Nestlé outright deny the allegation

A new investigation by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has alleged some of the world’s largest snack food companies are using illegal palm oil. The list includes Unilever, PepsiCo, Nestlé, Mondelēz, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars and Hershey’s. The allegation emerged from an investigation by the environmental group into mills illegally […]
Your favourite snacks are reportedly destroying ‘the orangutan capital of the world’ – but companies like Nestlé outright deny the allegation
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Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering Mars

On September 28, Elon Musk unveiled SpaceX’s upcoming plans for its latest rocket, Starship. Starship is the rocket that Musk hopes will launch people to space as early as next year, and ultimately to the moon and Mars years from now. If all goes according to plan, Musk aims to […]
Watch Elon Musk unveil his latest plan for conquering Mars
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Elon Musk is walking back his ‘nuke Mars’ theory and instead proposing to launch thousands of satellites to warm the red planet

Elon Musk has repeatedly posited the idea that Mars’ atmosphere could be warmed to accommodate human life by nuking its poles and artificially engineering a greenhouse effect. On Tuesday, however, Musk suggested that satellites equipped with solar reflectors could be preferable to dropping nuclear weapons. Vaporizing Mars’ poles is not […]
Elon Musk is walking back his ‘nuke Mars’ theory and instead proposing to launch thousands of satellites to warm the red planet
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Look inside the 3D-printed Mars home that NASA awarded $500,000

AI SpaceFactory’s “Marsha” Mars home won NASA’s 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge. Compared to other designs, Marsha looks downright luxurious. It has multiple floors, spacious living quarters, and plenty of windows to gaze upon the Martian horizon. Designers used key materials in the structure that are also found on the Martian […]
Look inside the 3D-printed Mars home that NASA awarded $500,000
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NASA’s 4-year twin experiment gets us closer to Mars than ever before

Twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly participated in a groundbreaking NASA study to uncover the long-term effects of space on the human body. Over nearly a year, the twins took the same medical tests – one while aboard the International Space Station and the other while back on Earth. The […]
NASA’s 4-year twin experiment gets us closer to Mars than ever before
Lifestyle

Income inequality in the US has hit a record high. Meet the 15 richest American family ‘dynasties,’ who have a combined net worth of $618 billion.

Income inequality in the US has reached a record high, reported Taylor Telford for The Washington Post, citing US Census data released this week. The fortunes of wealthy family dynasties in the US have been increasing, according to a 2019 report by the left-leaningInstitute for Policy Studies. The report looked […]
Income inequality in the US has hit a record high. Meet the 15 richest American family ‘dynasties,’ who have a combined net worth of $618 billion.
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Elon Musk says SpaceX is developing a ‘bleeding’ heavy-metal rocket ship. Making it work may be 100 times as hard as NASA’s most difficult Mars mission

SpaceX is developing a giant, fully reusable launch system called Starship to ferry people to and from Mars. Elon Musk, the aerospace company’s founder, said he recently made “radical” changes to the spacecraft’s design. One change gives Starship a stainless-steel body. The other is a heat shield that will “bleed” […]
Elon Musk says SpaceX is developing a ‘bleeding’ heavy-metal rocket ship. Making it work may be 100 times as hard as NASA’s most difficult Mars mission
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Why it’s so difficult to land a spacecraft on Mars

NASA’sInSight probe is scheduled to touch down on Mars today, but it’s easier said than done – only 40% of Mars landings have been successful. Mars’ atmosphere is 100 times thinner than Earth’s making it extremely difficult to land on Mars. To date, only three space agencies have tried to […]
Why it’s so difficult to land a spacecraft on Mars
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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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NASA’s InSight robot is about to land on Mars. Here’s how it might survive ‘7 minutes of terror’ and make incredible discoveries about the red planet — and Earth, too.

NASA will try to land its InSight probe on the surface of the red planet around 7am AEDT on Tuesday. The robotic lander must survive “seven minutes of terror” before touching down and beginning a series of unprecedented scientific firsts. InSight won’t move around Mars, but it could be the […]
NASA’s InSight robot is about to land on Mars. Here’s how it might survive ‘7 minutes of terror’ and make incredible discoveries about the red planet — and Earth, too.
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Sunrise on Mars has a sound, and scientists have recorded it

“Image sonification” helps scientists understand more about terrain, weather and health issues. NASA explorer Opportunity is still silent after taking pic of its 5000th sunrise on Mars. Researchers have now recreated that sunrise in sound using image sonification. To celebrate the 5,000th sunrise captured by NASA’s explorer Opportunity, researchers at […]
Sunrise on Mars has a sound, and scientists have recorded it
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The worst storms on Earth are nothing compared to the weather on other planets

Earth has some pretty severe weather– hurricanes,earthquakes, and tsunamis can be devastating – but we’re better off living here than on other planets. Earth’s worst storms are nothing compared to the sulfuric acid rain on Venus, towering dust devils on Mars, or supersonic winds on Neptune. Watch the video above […]
The worst storms on Earth are nothing compared to the weather on other planets