The first astronauts have arrived at China’s new space station, blasting off on a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan launch centre in northwest China’s Gobi desert.
One mission, named DaVinci Plus, will analyse the thick, cloudy Venusian atmosphere. The other, called Veritas, will seek a geologic history by mapping the rocky planet’s surface.
The spacecraft, which began its two-year journey home on Monday, holds between 200 grams and 400 grams of asteroid chunks — the biggest cosmic haul for the US since the Apollo moon rocks.
The astronauts, three American and one Japanese, flew back in the same capsule – named Resilience – in which they launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in November.
China has prioritised space exploration in recent years, with the aim of becoming a major space power by 2030.
NASA's miniature robot helicopter performed a successful take-off and landing on Mars, achieving the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft over the surface of another planet.
To some, the EmDrive violated the basic laws of physics. For others, it promised efficient space flight beyond our solar system and galaxy.
Soyuz rocket launch, which was postponed for a day due to a surge in voltage, will carry satellites from more than half a dozen Asian, Arab and European countries, as well as Canada and Brazil.
The six-wheeled, car-sized astrobiology probe put a total of 6.5 metres on its odometer during a half-hour test spin on Mars.
The footage was captured by several cameras that are part of the Perseverance rover's entry, descent, and landing suite.
Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain had been reported in Russia, Europe, China, the Middle East and North Africa in recent months but only in poultry so far.
NASA scientists present striking early images from the picture-perfect landing of the Mars rover Perseverance, including a selfie of the six-wheeled vehicle.
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