NASA engineers tell how Mars missions are pulled off

An image of Mars captured by the rover Perseverance | @NASAPersevere
An image of Mars captured by the rover Perseverance | @NASAPersevere


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Bengaluru: It can take up to a decade for a Mars mission to get from the drawing board to operations. And before it can take off, rigorous trials await, or as NASA calls them, “trials by fire, ice, light, and sound”.

Just how rigorous are the trials, you ask? It’s like training for a 10K race in the spring by running 20K in peak Indian summer, during the afternoon, with hurdles to boot. 

Because when you are aiming for the stars (and planets), nothing can be left to chance. And you have to be 100 per cent convinced that the parachute meant to carry the spacecraft through the last leg will sail smoothly even with nearly twice the weight.

But it’s all worth it because, when everything falls into place, and

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What next for games education and early careers post-COVID?

With Games Education Summit 2021 kicking off later this month, as part of the first ever Game Careers Week, a number of the conference’s key speakers highlight the challenges and opportunities facing both educators and studios in 2021 and beyond.

If you want to learn more about the issues highlighted here, these and much more will be examined by 75 participating organisations at Game Careers Week, which is held online between March 26 and April 2. The Games Education Summit 2021 takes place between March 31 and April 1.

Sharon Tolaini-Sage, associate professor, Norwich University of the Arts

It is by now a cliché that the pandemic has ‘revealed inequality’ in our own and in global society. But this ability to ‘make strange’ what is usually very familiar, does not present surprises. The fact that women are underrepresented in the games sector is well known, and

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