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Jaguar Land Rover to 'cut thousands of jobs'

Jaguar Land Rover to 'cut thousands of jobs'

Business
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is expected to announce plans to cut thousands of jobs as part of £2.5bn plan to reverse losses. The British company, which employs 44,000 in the UK and cut 1,000 temporary contract workers at its plant in Solihull last year, has been hit by poor sales in China and a drop in demand for diesel cars.JLR posted a £90m loss in October and announced plans to save £2.5bn, including £1bn of costs cuts.At the time, it did not say how many jobs would be lost, although the Financial Times reported in December up to 5,000 jobs could go.JLR, owned by India's Tata Motors, operates factories in Halewood, Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Wolverhampton.In its biggest market, China, the car industry recorded its first slump in sales in more tha...
Chang'e-4: Chinese rover now exploring Moon

Chang'e-4: Chinese rover now exploring Moon

Science
A Chinese robotic rover has got its wheels dirty after rolling off its landing craft and onto the lunar soil.The Chang'e-4 spacecraft touched down on the far side of the Moon at 10:26 Beijing time (02:26 GMT) on Thursday.Lunar exploration chief Wu Weiren echoed Neil Armstrong's famous quote, telling state media the event marked a "huge stride" for China.The rover and lander are carrying instruments to analyse the unexplored region's geology.It represents the first ever such attempt and landing on the far side of the Moon, which has distinct characteristics to the near side we can see from Earth.According to the Guardian newspaper, Weiren told the state broadcaster CCTV: "The separation of Chang'e 4's rover was smooth and perfect....
NASA rover sends first image after landing on Mars

NASA rover sends first image after landing on Mars

Technology
Despite enormous risks and a near 60% global record of failure, NASA has landed its InSight rover safely on the surface of Mars. After seven months and more than 300 million miles, the billion-dollar mission overcame its most challenging hurdle.InSight had a six-minute window in which to decelerate from just under 13,000mph to 5mph - landing entirely based on autonomous and pre-programmed systems.It withstood temperatures up to 2,700F (1,500C) - hot enough to melt steel - before deploying its parachute and 12 retro-rockets to gently touch down in an area known as Elysium Planitia. Image: The spacecraft - before it began its 300-million-mile trip InSight will need to wait for the dust from landing to settle before it ca...
Nasa 2020 robot rover to target Jezero 'lake' crater

Nasa 2020 robot rover to target Jezero 'lake' crater

Science
The American space agency (Nasa) says it will send its 2020 Mars rover to a location known as Jezero Crater. Nasa believes the rocks in this nearly 50km-wide bowl could conceivably hold a record of ancient life on the planet. Satellite images of Jezero point to river water having once cut through its rim and flowed via a delta system into a big lake. It is the kind of environment that might just have supported microbes some 3.5-3.9 billion years ago.This was a period when Mars was much warmer and wetter than it is today.Evidence for the past presence of a lake is obviously a draw, but Ken Farley, the Nasa project scientist on the mission, said the delta traces were also a major attraction. "A delta is extremely good at preserving...
'Marsy McMarsface': What would you call new rover?

'Marsy McMarsface': What would you call new rover?

Technology
The European Space Agency is looking for a name for its new Mars rover which will land on the red planet in 2021. Launching in 2020, the rover is currently named ExoMars, but the team behind the mission are looking for a more suitable name to engage the public.Firing a starter pistol on the race to find an alternative, British astronaut Tim Peake told the Farnborough Airshow: "Mars is a fascinating destination."A place where humans will one day work alongside robots to gather new knowledge and search for life in our solar system."The ExoMars rover is a vital part of this journey of exploration and we're asking you to become part of this exciting mission and name the rover that will scout the Martian surface."The UK is the second largest European contributor to the ExoMars m...