Japan asks Australia to cooperate in daring space mission
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced that Australia has agreed to cooperate with Japan in a space mission without precedent.
Japan plans to land on Phobos, one of the moons of Mars, and collect samples in order to gain a greater understanding of the solar system.
The request from Japan is for the spacecraft, nicknamed MMX, to land in Woomera, South Australia, when it returns to Earth.
This marks an exciting development in international relations and space exploration.
Japan’s space agency, JAXA, is planning the mission to Phobos with the hope of collecting samples that could provide clues about the solar system’s formation. JAXA hopes that by touch down on Phobos, they will be able to better understand Mars’ gravity as well as obtain data about the moon’s surface conditions and environment.
The samples collected will be returned to Earth aboard the MMX spacecraft for further analysis.
The Significance of this Request
This isn’t the first time Japan has partnered with another country for a space mission – in fact, JAXA has had many successful partnerships with NASA – but this request is significant because it’s the first time Japan has asked another country to host its return journey.
Because Woomera is located in a desert area with little interference from city lights or air traffic, it makes for an ideal location to retrieve samples from outer space.
This marks an important step in Australia-Japan relations and cements our reputation as a world leader in space exploration.
Australia has agreed to help Japan with aspace mission that will see a Japanese spacecraft land in Woomera, South Australia, after collecting samples from one of the moons of Mars.
This marks an exciting development not just for international relations and space exploration, but for Australia as well.
As Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said, “this request from Japan is for the spacecraft, nicknamed MMX, to land in Woomera in South Australia with its precious samples when it returns to Earth.” Stay tuned for more details on this developing story.
Apple takes your eyes and your wallet with the Vision Pro
Welcome to the future of the world, or at least how Apple wants you watch, feel and communicate with it.
Apple describes the Vision Pro headset as “a revolutionary spatial computer that seamlessly blends digital content with the physical world.”
The device features a new operating system that features a 3D interface.
You can watch movies, scroll through apps, pretty much everything you can don on your phone, but this device doesn’t fit in your hands. You use your eyes.
The entire front of the headset is made of polished glass that flows into a lightweight aluminum frame. The top of the headset features a button and a Digital Crown that lets a user control how present or immersed they are in an environment.
But as usual with Apple, there’s a catch, and also, as usual, it’s the price.
The Vision Pro starts at $US3500 and is only available in US retail stores from next year.
Tech commentator Trevor Long told Ticker News the high price will be out of reach for most users.
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“TikTok represents two national risks to Australians”: should you delete the app?
Democracies continue to ban popular video-sharing app TikTok over national security concerns
Australia recently banned TikTok from all federal government owned devices over security concerns.
Canberra is the latest in a string of U.S.-backed allies to take action against the popular video-sharing app.
The ban centres around concerns China could use the app to trace users’ data, and undermine democratic values.
Senator James Paterson is the Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security, who said TikTok poses a risk to Australians.
“They can get access to awful amount of information on your phone.
“Because it’s beholden to the Chinese Communist Party, there’s no guarantee it won’t fall into their hands,” he said.
Senator Paterson said there are “six or seven million Australians who use the app.”
Cyber attacks are on the rise, so what is being done to combat them?
Australia experienced two of its worst cyber attacks on record last year, as the world braces for cyber warfare to rise
Ukraine has suffered a threefold growth in cyber-attacks over the past year.
Viktor Zhora is leading Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection agency, who said cyber attacks are occurring at the same time as missile strikes at the hands of Russia.
Mr Zhora said in some cases, the cyber-attacks are “supportive to kinetic effects”.
On the other side of the planet, Russian hackers were responsible for Australia’s Medibank scandal.
“This is a crime that has the potential to impact on millions of Australians and damage a significant Australian business,” said Reece Kershaw, who is the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.
Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security is James Paterson, who said Australia can learn from cyber warfare in Ukraine.
“Ukraine is a lesson for the world.
“They are fighting a hybrid war, one on the ground and one online. If there is to be future conflict including in our own region, in the Indo-Pacific, it’s highly likely that the first shots in that war will occur cyber domain not in the physical world,” Senator Paterson said.
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