About the size of a car, the 1 026-kilogram robotic geologist and astrobiologist will undergo several weeks of testing before it begins its two-year science investigation of Mars’ Jezero Crater. While the rover will investigate the rock and sediment of Jezero’s ancient lakebed and river delta to characterise the region’s geology and past climate, it will also search for signs of ancient microbial life. The Mars Sample Return campaign will allow scientists on Earth to study samples collected by Perseverance to search for definitive signs of past life using instruments too large and complex to send to the Red Planet.
“Perseverance is the first step in bringing back rock and regolith from Mars. We don’t know what these pristine samples from Mars will tell us. But what they could tell us is monumental – including that life might have once existed beyond Earth,” says Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for science at NASA.
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IAI Concludes Independence day flyover
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), concluded its first Israel Independence Day flyover in 33 years. As part of the flyover IAI flew two Gulfstream 280 business jets as well as the Boeing 777-300ER “Big Twin” passenger-to-cargo conversion prototype aircraft.
ITALIAN NAVY MariStaEli Luni5° Gruppo Elicotteri
The 5th Helicopter Group was the first operational group at the La Spezia naval base, established on 1 November 1969, together with technical and logistical support for the helicopters.
Contrails AND Climate Change
Five years ago I wrote an article in this magazine saying that science was starting to suggest that contrails, which we’re all used to seeing in clear skies anywhere in the world, are a significant player in climate change.
The Magical Place
As a young boy our holiday destinations were fairly limited owing to a war that was raging and of course because Dad spent lots of time away from home fighting. Growing up on the farm meant that I had plenty of space to roam and discover and then of course, the concept of bigger territory by being a small kid.
Travelling around the world during COVID-19
If I were to ask you if you have travelled overseas recently or if you have any travel plans to visit another continent in the near future, you will probably dismiss that as a bizarre inquiry or may even possibly doubt my sense of judgement!
SPACE PLANES: The return of the reusable spacecraft?
A spaceplane is a vehicle that can fly/ glide like an aircraft in Earth's atmosphere and manoeuvre like a spacecraft in outer space.
Rolls-Royce: Reaches new milestone as world's largest aero-engine build starts
Rolls-Royce has officially started building the world’s largest aero-engine, UltraFan®, which will help redefine sustainable air travel for decades to come.
Aircraft on the edge of safety
Over the last couple of years there have been a number of accidents that have cost hundred of lives but are there aircraft that are inherently unsafe? Aircraft have been involved in accidents since the time of the Wright brothers. As from this month we will be taking a look at some of the aircraft types that are regarded as unsafe.
Bali: The Island of Gods
Bali – An ancient land first discovered by the Chinese in 2500 B.C. - has over centuries been occupied and influenced by many Asian migrants who brought various cultures and religions to the island. Buddhism and Hinduism were practised by the early settlers and are still the major religions to this day.
How To Be Eco-Friendly In The Aviation Industry!
Each year airlines begin new sustainability initiatives, experiment with biofuels, and offset their carbon emissions on selected flights; yet, sustainability should not only be a topic of discussion when an aircraft is in the air but also when it’s on the ground.
LATIN AMERICA LOOKS TO SPACE, DESPITE LIMITATIONS ON GROUND
Mars missions, astronauts coming and going at the International Space Station, China’s increasingly ambitious space program. Space-related news is flowing, and not just from the world’s richest, biggest nations. Take Latin America.
60 YEARS SINCE 1ST AMERICAN IN SPACE: TOURISTS LINING UP
Sixty years after Alan Shepard became the first American in space, everyday people are on the verge of following in his cosmic footsteps.
An Exclusive Interview With RÉMY BOND
It is a pleasure to interview one of the rising stars in today's contemporary art field, a surprising artist, full of vision, with incredibly unique and sophisticated artworks! Rémy Bond, born in 1983 in Paris, France, dreamed of becoming an astronaut.
FALSE ALARM: NO SPACE JUNK THREAT AFTER ALL TO SPACEX CREW
SpaceX’s four astronauts had barely settled into orbit last Friday when they were ordered back into their spacesuits because of a potential collision with orbiting junk.
BIGGEST SPACE STATION CROWD IN DECADE AFTER SPACEX ARRIVAL
The International Space Station’s population swelled to 11 on Saturday with the jubilant arrival of SpaceX’s third crew capsule in less than a year.
VIRTUAL REALITY IN 2021
How close to a different reality can virtual reality really take us? Sam Lewis
NASA'S MARS HELICOPTER TAKES FLIGHT, 1ST FOR ANOTHER PLANET
NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet.
ASTRONAUTS FLYING REUSED SPACEX ROCKET, CAPSULE FOR 1ST TIME
For the first time, NASA is putting its trust in a recycled SpaceX rocket and capsule for a crew.
The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies – Space
01 / SpaceX For flying past competitors in the space race by launching astronauts for NASA
US, CHINA CONSULTED ON SAFETY AS THEIR CRAFTS HEADED TO MARS
As their respective spacecrafts headed to Mars, China and the U.S. held consultations earlier this year in a somewhat unusual series of exchanges between the rivals.