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NASA’s new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

NASA’s new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

Technology
NASA's newest Mars rover has hit the dusty red road, taking a spin for the first time this weekBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterMarch 6, 2021, 3:30 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA’s newest Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive.The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position Thursday, two weeks after setting down on the red planet to seek signs of past life.The roundabout, back and forth drive lasted just 33 minutes and went so well that more driving was on tap Friday and Saturday for the the six-wheeled rover.“This is really the start of our journey here,” said Rich Rieber, the NASA engineer who plotted the route. “This is going to be like the Odyssey, adv...
Before you hit the highway, here are the ins and outs of road trip insurance

Before you hit the highway, here are the ins and outs of road trip insurance

Finance
swissmediavisionThe seemingly endless nationwide pandemic lockdown has resulted in a lot of pent-up travel demand.As the second major long holiday weekend of summer gets underway, people looking to celebrate Independence Day are getting in their cars and campers for road trips — deemed by many a safer bet than air or cruise travel. "After weeks of being home, many Americans want a change of scenery," said Giorgos Zacharia, chief technology officer of travel site Kayak.com. "But, with international travel restrictions still in place and safety top of mind, road trips are most enticing to U.S. travelers right now." Kayak found that car rental searches for the July 4 weekend were up 20% compared to last year.Brittney Castro, in-house certified financial planner for personal financial man...
Insurer launches overseas and domestic road trip coverage for pandemic-era travelers

Insurer launches overseas and domestic road trip coverage for pandemic-era travelers

Finance
ljubaphotoTravel insurer Seven Corners has started two new products  tailored to vacations in the age of coronavirus: one policy specifically covers medical expenses incurred due to Covid-19 infection while traveling overseas, and another helps motorists as road trips replace flights and cruises as the preferred means of summer and fall travel."Travel trends, in general, have changed," said Jeremy Murchland, president of the Indianapolis-based company, which sells both comprehensive travel insurance policies and medical coverage-only plans."A lot of people are electing to take road trips for the summer as opposed to air travel," he added. "We also took the opportunity [of the pandemic] to develop a 'plus' line of travel insurance that provides a specific coverage for Covid-19."Wh...
Coogan and Brydon thought The Trip was a ‘stupid, self-indulgent idea’

Coogan and Brydon thought The Trip was a ‘stupid, self-indulgent idea’

Entertainment
Steve Coogan has told Sky News film and TV podcast Backstage that he and Rob Brydon thought The Trip was "a stupid idea" when it was first suggested to them.A mash-up of travel documentary and comedy drama, the sitcom sees the pair eating and drinking their way around Europe while making fun of one another and doing impressions of other stars. Image: It’s not always clear where the actors end and the characters begin After enjoying critical acclaim, it will return for its final series, set in Greece, next week.Coogan admits he initially said no when director Michael Winterbottom suggested the idea.He said: "Michael wanted us to do it, kept begging us to do it, Rob and I didn't want to do it. ...
Fly me to the moon: Tycoon seeks ‘life partner’ for lunar trip

Fly me to the moon: Tycoon seeks ‘life partner’ for lunar trip

Technology
A Japanese fashion billionaire is looking for a "special someone" to join him as he becomes the first private passenger to fly to the moon.Yusaku Maezawa, 44, is due to travel to the moon in 2023 on SpaceX's first tourist flight. But rather than go on his own, he wants to "visit such a special place" with someone special, he says in an online post. He will look for that "always positive" person aged "20 or over" in a television documentary called Full Moon Lovers.His ideal candidate wants to "enjoy life to the fullest" and is someone "who wishes for world peace". Advertisement They must be "interested in going into space and able to participate in the preparation for it". Mr Maezawa, who recently split fr...