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Experimental European space lander to begin descent to Mars
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency is dispatching an experimental probe on the final leg of its mission to land on Mars.
The Schiaparelli space lander is to separate from its mother ship at 1442 GMT (10:42 EDT) Sunday in preparation for a controlled descent to the red planet Wednesday.
The probe will take images of Mars and conduct scientific measurements on the surface, but its main purpose is to test technology for a future European Mars rover.
ESA's last attempted Mars landing with the Beagle 2 rover failed in 2003.
Schiaparelli's mother ship will remain in orbit to analyze gases in the Martian atmosphere to help answer whether there is or was life on Mars.
The ExoMars mission is a joint venture between ESA and Russia's Roscosmos space agency.
UN says Gambia's Jammeh must go
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After days of heavy rain, Egypt's Nile turns murky brown
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians this week watched the Nile's water turn a murky brown-yellow color, the result of days of heavy rain in parts of the country and subsequent flooding that swept tons of soil into the waterway.Officials say the murky water, now loaded with silt, forced the closure of several main water treatment stations. That has caused the disruption of water supplies in some areas.Egypt, a mostly desert country of some 92 million, is almost entirely dependent on the Nile for agriculture… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Brisbane weather: Canoeist drowns during storm
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Severe flooding drowns out Ho Chi Minh City taxi drivers
“The weather conditions hurt everyone,” said Grab Taxi chief executive. Photo by VGP On rainy days, it's logical for people in Ho Chi Minh City to take a taxi and leave their bikes at home, and one would assume that there would be more taxis out on the streets in the hunt for passengers. However, this logic goes out of the window when it really starts to pour down in the southern city and severe flooding ensues. There is no benefit to driving in torrential rain, according to the city’s cab… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Anti-Muslim Buddhist monk in Myanmar: Trump 'similar to me'
MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) — Shunned by Myanmar's new government and its Buddhist hierarchy, a nationalist monk blamed for whipping up at times bloody anti-Muslim fervor said he feels vindicated by U.S. voters who elected Donald Trump to be president.Ashin Wirathu, a high-profile leader of the Myanmar Buddhist organization known as Ma Ba Tha, drew parallels between his views on Islam and those of the Republican president-elect. Trump's campaign was rife with anti-Muslim rhetoric and proposals that… chat_bubble_outline Read More...