Monday, 8 August, 2022

Topic: Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover sends back laser sounds from Mars

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

7 months, 7 minutes of terror and -60°C — what countries are willing to face to access Mars

The history of Mars exploration is riddled with failure. In the 1990s four out of NASA’s six Mars missions were lost, including a $125 million orbiter.

NASA gives ‘front-row view’ of Perseverance dangling, then landing & audio from Mars

NASA has released the video of the Perseverance rover landing with the help of a sky crane, as well as audio sounds from the surface of the planet Mars.

India’s next Mars mission likely to be an orbiter, ISRO to also explore Venus

Following the successful Mars landing by NASA's Perseverance, ISRO said it was working on Mars Orbiter Mission 2. Chandrayaan-3 and Gaganyaan remain immediate priorities.

NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars in search of ancient life, sends home 1st pictures

Perseverance joins two other NASA missions exploring Mars — Curiosity rover which arrived in mid-2012, and the stationary InSight lander that began exploration in November 2018.

Tonight, NASA Perseverance attempts Mars landing, will help us hear Red Planet, search for life

Mission of Perseverance includes assessing habitability of Mars and looking for evidence of past or present life. Spacecraft includes Ingenuity, the first chopper to fly on another planet.

1,000 yrs for a trip around Sun — scientists map orbit of most distant object in solar system

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

China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft enters orbit around Mars, second in two days after UAE

Next week, the US will attempt to land its Perseverance rover on the Martian surface.

Who is Sarah Al Amiri? The 33-year-old scientist who led UAE’s Hope orbiter mission

Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri is UAE's first Minister of State for Advanced Sciences and also the chairperson of the country's space agency.

UAE & China’s Mars missions set to reach Red Planet this week

UAE’s Hope orbiter is expected to enter Martian orbit late Tuesday while China’s Tianwen-1 will do so on Wednesday. A NASA mission will also follow later in the month.

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A Kia Sonet in India, 2020 | Wikimedia Commons

Pandemic, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, naysayers —Kia Motors entered India and beat all

Kia Motors claims to have sold over 5 lakh cars in India in just under 3 years. With new EV6 lined up, will the future be as electric for the Korean company?
Wheat being harvested at a village near Amritsar in Punjab | Representational image | ANI

Willing to ‘feed the world’ by summer, India may have to import wheat come winter

With wheat prices soaring, the government may have to slash import duty and impose stock limits, say traders and analysts.


The Flying Dolphin — how a former Indian Navy submariner qualified as a commercial pilot 

Vivek Chaudhary retired from the Indian Navy in 2017 after serving on the  Short-Service Commission. After that, his dreams took flight. 

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.