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NASA: Water-hunting rover to land on lunar south pole in 2022

NASA: Water-hunting rover to land on lunar south pole in 2022

Science
Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Before the first woman and next man land on the moon, NASA will send another rover to the lunar surface, this time to the satellite's south pole. The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, will be designed to hunt for water on the lunar south pole. Planetary scientists are confident there is water ice on both the moon's poles, perhaps in the millions of tons. Still, scientists aren't certain about the exact whereabouts and nature of the moon's water reserves. VIPER could help NASA scientists develop more detailed resource maps as they prepare for send humans to the moon for the first time in decades. "The key to living on the Moon is water -- the same as here on Earth," Daniel Andrews, the project manager of the VIPER mission and director of engineeri...
Chinese lunar rover finds strange ‘gel-like’ substance on moon

Chinese lunar rover finds strange ‘gel-like’ substance on moon

Technology
China's Yutu-2 lunar rover has discovered a strange "gel-like" substance on the dark side of the moon.The rover launched as part of the Chang'e 4 mission, which has been on the moon since January. It has meant Yutu-2 is the the first robot to ever explore the moon's far side and has previously discovered that the composition of the moon's surface is different to what scientists expected. Image: Yutu-2 previously found the moon's surface was different to what scientists were expecting. Pic: China National Space Administration Now, the rover has also discovered a substance in a crater during an exploration activity.Yu Tianyi, a team member on Earth, was reviewing images taken by the rover when the material was discovered. ...
‘Rosalind Franklin’ Mars rover assembly completed

‘Rosalind Franklin’ Mars rover assembly completed

Science
Assembly of the rover Europe and Russia plan to send to the Red Planet next year is complete.Engineers at Airbus in Stevenage, UK, will display the finished vehicle on Tuesday ahead of its shipment to France for testing.Called "Rosalind Franklin" after the British DNA pioneer, the six-wheeled robot will search for life on Mars.It has a drill to burrow 2m below ground to try to detect the presence of microbes, either living or fossilised.The project is a joint endeavour of the European and Russian space agencies, with input from the Americans. Although the rover's build took just nine months, development work at component and instrument ...
Jaguar Land Rover unveils plans to build electric cars in UK

Jaguar Land Rover unveils plans to build electric cars in UK

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas & James Sillars, business reporters Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to build new electric vehicle models at its Castle Bromwich plant, a decision it says safeguards thousands of jobs at the site and in the supply chain.Britain's biggest carmaker said it had forced itself into the decision despite continued Brexit uncertainty but signalled future investment in its home market was not guaranteed as it needed to see the "right deal". The company said the first electric vehicle to be produced at the Birmingham factory would be Jaguar's flagship saloon, the XJ. Image: The Jaguar I-PACE is made in Austria It will be seen as a boost for the British car industry after JLR...
Nasa’s Curiosity Mars rover senses methane spike

Nasa’s Curiosity Mars rover senses methane spike

Science
The American space agency's Mars rover Curiosity has recorded its largest measurement yet of methane.The robot frequently "sniffs" the Red Planet for the gas but has never before seen so high a concentration - of 21 parts per billion (ppb).The observations are fascinating because on Earth, methane is produced in large part by living things.That's not necessarily the case on Mars; geological processes are very capable of making it as well.Nonetheless, the latest data will heighten interest in the topic.Through the course of its mission, Curiosity has noticed a number of spikes in methane, and it senses a background level that appears to have a seasonal pattern to it.But although the robot's big onboard chemistry lab - the Sample A...