Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa on Wednesday launched a search for eight people to join him as the first private passengers on a trip around the moon with Elon Musk’s SpaceX. He had originally planned to invite artists for the weeklong voyage slated for 2023. The rejigged project will “give more people from around the globe the chance to join this journey” Maezawa said.
The American space agency is expected to release new photos from its Perseverance rover shortly. There was huge excitement at Nasa when its one-tonne robot touched down in Mars’ Jezero Crater on Thursday. Satellites have since been flying over the ($2.7bn) vehicle to pull off data to relay back to Earth. Perseverance is sitting almost bang in the middle of its targeted landing zone.
For the first time ever, NASA will live stream a video of a Mars landing as the Perseverance rover completes its seven-month journey through space.The Perseverance rover is intended to touch down in an ancient river delta and former lake on the Martian surface known as the Jezero Crater. The deposits in the crater are rich in clay minerals, which form in the presence of water, meaning life may have once existed there.
The United Arab Emirates’ first mission to Mars reached the red planet and entered orbit on Tuesday after a seven-month, 494 million-km (307 million-mile) journey, allowing it to start sending data about the Martian atmosphere and climate. The Mars program is part of the UAE’s efforts to develop its scientific and technological capabilities and reduce its reliance on oil.
Scientists believe they may have discovered the smallest reptile on earth – a chameleon subspecies that is the size of a seed. Two of the tiny lizards were discovered by a German-Madagascan expedition team in Madagascar. The male Brookesia nana, or nano-chameleon, has a body of just 13.5mm. This makes it the smallest of about 11,500 known species of reptiles.
Doctors in New York have performed the world’s first successful face and double hand transplant. Joe DiMeo, 22, underwent the 23-hour surgery, performed by a team of more than 140 healthcare workers last August. Two face and double hand transplants have taken place before but both were unsuccessful. One patient died from complications and the other had their hands removed after they failed to thrive, the hospital said.
Scientists have proposed 10 golden rules for tree-planting, which they say must be a top priority for all nations this decade. Tree planting is a brilliant solution to tackle climate change and protect biodiversity, but the wrong tree in the wrong place can do more harm than good, say experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The rules include protecting existing forests first and involving locals.
A 15-year-old scientist and inventor has been named as Time magazine’s first “kid of the year”. Gitanjali Rao, from Denver, Colorado, has invented new technologies across a range of fields, including a device that can identify lead in drinking water, and an app and Chrome extension that uses artificial intelligence to detect cyberbullying. Gitanjali was chosen from a field of 5,000 US-based nominees.
A mysterious monolith, which is believed to be some kind of metal, was discovered in the remote parts of Utah on Wednesday, fueling speculation on what the object was or how it got there, according to reports. The object drew comparisons to Stanley Kubrick’s famed 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which saw a group of apes encounter a similar-looking giant slab.
Four astronauts – three from the US and one from Japan – have launched from Florida on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). It’s only the second time the firm has supplied the service. The US space agency Nasa has said it is now entering a new era in which routine astronaut journeys to low-Earth orbit are being conducted by commercial providers.