The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has revealed that it is planning to sample Mars from Earth for the first time in a Mars Sampling Mission (MSR). This is in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). The MSR programme will enable scientists to determine whether there has ever been life in the history of Mars. According to BC Focus, the MSR mission will collect samples like rocks through the use of ESA's fetch Rover, which will transport the samples to NASA's Mars Ascent vehicle (MAV) in a bid to launch the samples into orbit on Mars and later ESA's Earth Return Orbiter will be placed in a container capsule in the 2030s to be brought to Earth.
A Nigerian Technology development company, E.F. Network Ltd announced that it has developed a mobile application that will make a stolen mobile device unusable by thieves, which will help to deter theft or resale of mobile phones in the country. The announcement was disclosed by the company’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ameh Ochojila on Tuesday in Abuja. He disclosed that the application “ephonetaxi” will lock out anyone without proper authorization, thus making the mobile phone unusable and unsellable. Ochojila said,” Ephonetaxi helps to retrieve and send the user’s stored contents to his email.
Security experts say Microsoft's Bing mobile app users on all iOS and iPadOS maybe at risk after terabytes of user information may have been stolen from an open server. The experts with Wizcase, an online security research group, explained that it was a "meow" attack, where hackers scrapped the database with location coordinates and search queries that can be used in blackmail attacks and phishing scams. They said 'it is safe to speculate that anyone who has made a Bing search with the mobile app while the server has been exposed is at risk.' 'We saw records of people searching from more than 70 countries.'
After a two-month trip to International Space Station, SpaceX and NASA are getting ready to complete their most important joint mission to date, crew Dragon Demo-2, which is the result of the partners' work on their Commercial Crew program designed to certify a SpaceX spacecraft for regular human spaceflight operations. NASA astronauts are already onboard Crew Dragon making their way back to Earth during a multi-hour descent, and later on, Sunday will be splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.
Following tensions between the US and China over a video-sharing social networking service, TikTok, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kevin Mayer has on Wednesday resigned less than four months after joining the company. Mayer's resignation comes after TikTok filed a lawsuit against the US government over allegations that the popular app is used by the Chinese government to spy on Americans. "In recent weeks, as the political environment has sharply changed, I have done significant reflection on what the corporate structural changes will require, and what it means for the global role I signed up for," Mayer wrote in an email.