NASA launches Perseverance rover to Mars to search for evidence of ancient life
31 July 2020 | 7:00 am
NASA's next-generation rover, named Perseverance, has blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral to begin its journey to the Red Planet. The US spacecraft will scour Mars for signs of ancient life.
19 Apr 2021
A home surveillance camera captures a fireball streaking across the sky over Florida on Monday night, before creating a bright flash as it burns up off the east coast of the Sunshine State.
21 Apr 2021
"We can now say that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on another planet!" says lead engineer MiMi Aung to her team as NASA successfully flew the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars.
24 Apr 2021
The conversion could pave the way to sustaining human life on Mars. It marks the first time that a resource was extracted from another planet for use by humans.
3 May 2021
Ingenuity, the first ever human-built aircraft to fly on another planet, has gotten a reprieve after successfully completing four out of five planned flights.
3 May 2021
After the successful splashdown of the SpaceX capsule with four astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) off the coast of Florida, NASA hailed at a press conference an "incredible day".
28 May 2021
Social media companies would be slapped with large fines if they "de-platform" political candidates in the US state. Big tech firms and activists oppose the law.
5 Jun 2021
NASA is launching two new missions to Venus at the end of the decade to find out why the planet became "an inferno-like world." The missions will take place from 2028 to 2030.
25 Jun 2021
Video footage taken by a local resident shows a large portion of a 12-story building in the town of Surfside -- just north of Miami Beach -- reduced to rubble, with the apartments' interiors exposed, sparking a major emergency response. It was unclear how many people lived in the building or who had been inside at the time, but local news station NBC 6 South Florida reported that firefighters pulled one boy from the rubble alive.
29 Jun 2021
Another body has been recovered from the debris of a Florida apartment building that collapsed last week, bringing the confirmed death toll to 10, with another 151 people still unaccounted for, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava says.
29 Jun 2021
Residents, volunteers and Florida officials set up flowers at a makeshift memorial dedicated to the victims of the collapsed 12-story beachside apartment building in Miami. "I’m not going to give up hope," says a friend of two missing victims as the rescue operation carries on.
2 Jul 2021
US President Joe Biden's visit to the site of a partial condominium collapse in Miami came as the search-and-rescue effort came to a halt yet again, this time over fears about the stability of the remaining structure.
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