Monday, 17 January, 2022
TopicMars

Topic: Mars

NASA launches DART mission to crash into asteroid, results could help defend Earth some day

The DART mission will crash a space probe into the asteroid Dimorphos to test human capability to protect the planet against near earth objects.

The Earth’s getting dimmer and a bacteria that could help farming on Mars

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

Scientists create ‘concrete’ using blood, sweat, tears of astronauts for construction on Mars

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

Water lakes were found at Martian South Pole in 2018. New findings say it was frozen clay instead

In 3 papers published over a month, different teams reanalysed the 2018 Mars Express orbiter data to state that frozen clay, not salt water lakes, produced radar signals.

Gene-editing experiment conducted in space for first time, paves way for crucial research

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

To reach Mars, the human body may need some updates

Human bodies are adapted to life on Earth, and aren’t likely to hold up well during journeys required to settle on the moon & Mars.

Discovery of ‘Dragon Man’ skull in China could add new species to human family tree

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

China’s first rover on Mars sends back dramatic images, including a selfie

Four images were released by China, including its national flag on Mars, a panorama of the landing site, the planet's dusty landscape and a selfie of the rover with the landing platform.

Why Elon Musk’s Mars ambition could be the riskiest human quest ever

Scientists warn of too many unanswered questions confronting deep-space travel. Musk himself has acknowledged the risks, saying a 'bunch of people' will probably die at the beginning.

China’s Mars landing will be a greater feat with the release of more data

China is clear that there are benefits to sharing data, offering up Moon samples and the ability to place experiments on its space station, but It can go a lot further.

On Camera

YourTurn

Ambassador Qi Zhenhong presented the Letter of Credence by H.E. Xi Jinping, President of China to H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan President | Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka/Twitter

China’s bare-chested turn to Sri-Lankan Tamils is India’s new headache

Anti-China sentiment among the Sinhalese allows China to influence the Tamil north. This time, through the fishermen crisis.

Why domestic consumers may not be enough to power India’s economy

The Covid pandemic has hollowed out India’s middle class by destroying 10 million manufacturing jobs. For the second time in history, self-reliance might prove to be a costly mistake.

Defence

File photo of Indian and Chinese troops disengaging from the banks of the Pangong lake area in eastern Ladakh | ANI

These Chinese fears about India ‘choking’ key road are holding up Hot Springs disengagement

A 13-hour meeting of Indian and Chinese military commanders held last week ended without an agreement, and further talks are expected to be held.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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