The conflict in Ukraine is now impacting space travel, with Europe’s Mars rover mission scheduled for this year now delayed
Member states of the European Space Agency voted earlier to postpone the joint mission with the Russians because of the Ukraine invasion.
ESA Council delegates say they thought there was no alternative, placing the rover into storage until a different route to Mars is organised.
Now the options available are to await an improvement in international relations and reform a relationship with the Russian space agency or to find another partner to help Europe replenish the technologies they do not have.
The mission could be delayed for many years, with it now being practically and politically impossible to launch the rover in September.
There are only a couple of weeks every 26 months when the launch is possible due to the positioning of the planets.
If this window is missed the project must be stood down for two years.
The earliest launch can be expected late in 2024, with the rover only landing in mid 2025.
Elon Musk’s secretly welcomed twins last year
Elon Musk secretly welcomed twins just weeks before his second child with Grimes was born last year
The world’s wealthiest man, Elon Musk is believe to have fathered 10 children after a top executive from one of his companies gave birth to twins last year.
The mother of the children is Shivon Zilis, a senior member of Musks’ artificial intelligence company, Neuralink.
Zilis is considered a rising star in the world of AI, after being listed on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2015, and LinkedIn’s 35 under 35.
According to her LinkedIn, she is currently the Director of Operations and Special Projects at Musk’s neurotechnology firm, Neuralink.
Court documents show the pair filed a petition to change their twins’ last names to Musk, and contain their mothers last name as part of their middle name.
The petition was filed in Austin, Texas which is also the birthplace of Zilis and Musk’s children where they were reportedly born in November 2021.
The two children will add to the six children Musk has with ex-wife, Justine Musk, and two children with Canadian singer Grimes.
The twins will also join Justine and Musk’s 18-year-old daughter, Vivian Jenna Wilson who has recently strived to cut ties with her father.
Apple’s ‘Lockdown Mode’ to target hackers
Apple is set to release a new ‘Lockdown Mode’ feature, which will add protections for people targeted by hackers
Apple is seeking to stamp out iPhone hacking by giving vulnerable targets the chance to ‘lock out’ suspicious links or activity.
The feature is a major win for human rights advocates, political activists and other prominent figures.
It will work in conjunction with the ‘Messages’ app by stamping out any unknown links.
The company says it “is an extreme, optional protection for the very small number of users who face grave, targeted threats to their digital security”.
It comes after two Israeli two firms were able to break into iPhones without the target clicking on any links.
The attacks were reportedly carried out by the NSO Group, which is behind the controversial Pegasus Spyware.
The group has been placed on a U.S. blacklist.
The ‘Lockdown’ feature will come to Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Macs in the coming months.
Emirates A380 “flew 14 hours” with massive hole
At first passengers believed the plane suffered difficulties upon landing in Brisbane, but now it seems the Emirates A380 flew 14 hours with the massive hole
Passengers disembarked the airline after noticing the sound of an explosion mid-flight.
They had alerted crew during the flight, who were in contact with the flight crew.
One of the passengers on board has since taken to Twitter to describe the “terrifying” incident, which took place “during cruise.”
“Was absolutely terrifying at first and the cabin crew knew something serious may have happened – were immediately in contact with the cockpit,” wrote Andrew Morris, an English professor at the UK’s Loughborough University.
“Shortly after, they resumed as normal. Their calm demeanor was reassuring — they knew it was not catastrophic.”
But no one knew exactly how long the plane was airborne with the massive hole in the side.
The captain telegraphed ahead to Brisbane airport, and emergency services met the aircraft, which landed safely.
As passengers disembarked, they were shocked to see the size of the hole, which had been punctured by the landing gear.
Emirates later released a statement stressing that the rupture did not impact “the fuselage, frame or structure of the aircraft.”
“Our flight EK430 flying from Dubai to Brisbane on July 1 experienced a technical fault,” reads the statement.
“One of the aircraft’s 22 tires ruptured during cruise, causing damage to a small portion of the aerodynamic fairing, which is an outer panel or the skin of the aircraft.”
“The fairing has been completely replaced, checked and cleared by engineers, Airbus and all relevant authorities,” adds Emirates.
“The safety of our passengers and crew has always been our top priority.”
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