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Nasa Mars rover: Perseverance robot launches to detect life on Red Planet

Nasa Mars rover: Perseverance robot launches to detect life on Red Planet

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The US space agency's Perseverance robot has left Earth on a mission to try to detect life on Mars.The one-tonne, six-wheeled rover was launched out of Florida by an Atlas rocket on a path to intercept the Red Planet in February next year.When it lands, the Nasa robot will also gather rock and soil samples to be sent home later this decade.Perseverance is the third mission despatched to Mars inside 11 days, after launches by the UAE and China. Lift-off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station occurred at 07:50 local time (12:50 BST; 11:50 GMT).Nasa made this mission one of its absolute priorities when the coronavirus crisis struck, establishing special work practices to ensure Perseverance met its laun...
Muscular ‘mighty mice’ and sensitive robot sent to space station

Muscular ‘mighty mice’ and sensitive robot sent to space station

Technology
A nest of muscle-bound mice, a sensitive robot and 120,000 "beneficial" roundworms have arrived at the International Space Station.The assortment was delivered to station commander Luca Parmitano on Sunday as part of a three-tonne SpaceX shipment of "science, supplies and hardware", including Christmas treats for its six crew members. Forty mice - all adolescent females with black fur - will be used for a muscle and bone experiment in space, NASA said - with eight of these deemed "mighty mice", genetically engineered to have twice the normal muscle mass. The Rodent Research-19 project will examine muscle and bone loss in space - a serious health issue for astronauts - and look at aiding recovery following return to Earth.It could also support the development of therapies "for a wide rang...
SpaceX launches beer malt, caring robot and ‘mighty mice’

SpaceX launches beer malt, caring robot and ‘mighty mice’

Technology
SpaceX has launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station, including “mighty mice" for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of a brewery's malt houseBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterDecember 5, 2019, 8:29 PM3 min read SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including “mighty mice” for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of a brewery's malt house. The Dragon capsule also is delivering holiday goodies for the six station residents. NASA's Kenny Todd isn't giving any hints, but said, “Santa's sleigh, I think, is certified for the vacuum of space.” The recycled capsule should arrive Sunday. The Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral a day la...
Roach-inspired robot nearly as fast as real thing, unsquashable

Roach-inspired robot nearly as fast as real thing, unsquashable

Science
July 31 (UPI) -- If you see the latest robot from the University of California, Berkeley scurrying across your kitchen floor, don't bother trying to step on it. The novel roach-like robot, described this week in the journal Science Robotics, can't be squashed. The new robot, developed by engineers at Cal, can run nearly as fast as a cockroach and as is even harder to kill. If one were to stomp on the little robot, the durable electronic bug would likely emerge unharmed. "Most of the robots at this particular small scale are very fragile. If you step on them, you pretty much destroy the robot," Liwei Lin, a professor of mechanical engineering at Berkeley, said in a news release. "We found that if we put weight on our robot, it still more or less functions." It's small stature, speed and d...