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Kiwi firm finding out if there's life on Mars

Brent Melville
Tue, 23 Feb 2021

An image of Nasa’s Perseverance rover touching down on Mars on Feb 18. Courtesy: Nasa
Brent Melville
Tue, 23 Feb 2021
Nasa's Perseverance mission to Mars includes Kiwi designed tech gear critical to the success of the US$2.7 billion Mars programme. After taking 213 days to traverse the 500 million kilometres to the red planet, Nasa’s latest expedition will rely on crystal oscillators developed by NZX-listed Rakon, the same tech used in 5G networks, to help it capture geological and organic details of the red planet.One of the key astrobiology objectives of Perseverance's Mars mission includes the search for signs of ancient microbial life.Ra...

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