Daily Archives: August 7, 2012

The Curiosity Rover (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

By Ines Burckhardt and Amie Tsang

Curiosity, Nasa’s $2.5bn robotic rover, landed safely on Mars on Monday, reinforcing US dominance of space even after the end of the shuttle programme.

Different space agencies have made their own attempts to reach Mars over the years, with varying degrees of success. These articles take a look at some of those endeavours. 

Here’s what caught our eyes today:

By Gideon Rachman
It is never a great sign when politicians start appealing to taxpayers’ patriotism. Defending the French government’s recent decision to raise the top rate of income tax to 75 per cent, Pierre Moscovici, the country’s finance minister, told Le Monde: “This is not a punitive measure, but a patriotic measure.” The rich, he explained, are being given an opportunity to make “an exceptional contribution” to solving France’s financial problems. I am sure they are very grateful.