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The Perseverance rover, a new streak camera, flies flip around on take-off

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Perseverance rover ready to take off for Mars

Summer 2020 marks a new phase in NASA’s Mars 2020 mission with the launch of the Perseverance rover to the Red Planet. Scheduled to take off between July 30 and August 15, the launch will be carried out by an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Perseverance will carry the French-American SuperCam instrument, which scientists from the Centre lasers intenses et applications (CELIA – CNRS, CEA and the University of Bordeaux) and the  Laboratoire d’astrophysique de Bordeaux (LAB – CNRS and the University of Bordeaux) have been working on for many years.


The rover Perserverance © Nasa/JPL-Caltech

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The ICube laboratory develops new ultra-fast camera

German company Optronis has just commercialized the first streak camera equipped with a solid-state sensor. The fruit of 20 years of research, the ultra-fast device will be available to researchers and engineers from August 2020, allowing them to observe phenomena lasting just a few nanoseconds. Supported by the Satt Conectus, this novel technology was developed by Wilfried Uhring and his team at the ICube laboratory.

The S3C-1 camera uses CMOS sensors. Credit DR

Flies flip around on take-off from an upside-down position

Flies are able to right themselves very quickly when taking off from an upside-down position. So say researchers from the CNRS and from the Institute of Movement Science (ISM) at Aix-Marseille Université who have discovered the surprising way these insects begin by turning their bodies before their heads on take-off.

© Anna Verbe

The team, led by Stéphane Viollet, detail their work in the Journal of Experimental Biology.