Mars rover ready to analyse rock powder

A Nasa handout image of the Curiosity rover on Mars. Photo: Reuters

Nasa’s Mars rover Curiosity, dispatched to learn if the planet ever had ingredients for life, drilled its first bit of powder from inside a potentially water-formed ancient rock, scientists said on Wednesday.

Thursday, 21 February, 2013, 2:19pm

New Nasa rover may bring Martian soil back to earth

This artist's rendering provided by NASA shows the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. Photo: AP

Nasa officials have announced plans to build a new rover that would join Curiosity and Opportunity on the red planet's surface in 2020, potentially to collect soil or rock samples that could later be sent back to Earth.

6 Dec 2012 - 5:00am

Chinese-American girl named Mars rover

Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory's rover which landed on Mars on Monday, owes its name to a Chinese-American girl who lives in Kansas.

Clara Ma thought up the name chosen by the Nasa panel from more than 9,000 entries received in a nationwide contest held in May 2009.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Market driven

When it comes to Chinese producers, this year's Shanghai Auto Show clearly separates the men from the boys. Unlike previous years, the show - which opened to the public on Thursday - has largely ignored the plethora of smaller Chinese producers.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Double landings to seek out planet life

With the search for life as its main aim, the two-mission ExoMars endeavour will see the launch of an orbiter in 2016 and a rover in 2018.

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Up to the marque

The MG 6 was the spearhead of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation's (SAIC) assault on Europe. It is the Business Car of Choice for the British Pavilion at the 2010 Expo. And by the end of the year it should go on sale in Britain and be produced - most likely from CKDs ('completely knocked-down' kits) - at Longbridge.

19 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Basic instincts

The mainland seems to have inherited a few dramas along with the remains of MG Rover. First designs went to SAIC and the factory to Nanjing Motors, resulting in two competing versions of the Rover 75 badged respectively as the Roewe 750 and the MG7. Then the government forced the reluctant partners into bed and we had the birth (or is that rebirth?) of MG-Roewe.

20 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

British-born Chinese

Until the 550, both Roewe and MG had been churning out rehashes of the inherited designs from the collapsed MG-Rover. So at first glance, this new car seems a bold move by Roewe. But scratch the surface and the Rover underpinnings are obvious.

29 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

HK's role in space to grow: agency

Hong Kong is to play a bigger role in the mainland's space programme.

The Chinese Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, or CASTC - the nation's lead space- exploration agency - announced on Friday that the city had been selected as one of four sites to host facilities as part of an expanded programme.

27 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Homegrown models showcased in car show

Domestic firms to launch green, hi-tech brands

Mainland carmakers are expected to move from the sidelines to centre stage at the Beijing Car Show next week, rolling out more than two dozen of their own brands of sports cars, green cars, family sedans and sports utility vehicles.

18 Apr 2008 - 12:00am


A drive down memory lane

The keeper of the Hong Kong MG register, Simon Clennell, says he was interested to see our picture of the 'sad-looking' green MGB in Pui O, on Lantau (Footdown, February 2).

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

SAIC and Nanjing Auto forge landmark tie-up

Beijing-brokered 2.1b yuan deal boosts competitive ability

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (Group), the country's biggest car firm, will buy the vehicle production business of Nanjing Automobile (Group) Corp, the first big tie-up between two mainland carmakers.

27 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Consolidation progress in sight for mainland car industry

Beijing's years of efforts to consolidate the fragmented car industry may finally see progress with a soon to be announced tie-up between SAIC Motor Corp and Nanjing Automotive Group (NAG), which would involve the State Council's mediation.

17 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

SAIC rolls out 20b yuan plan to make and develop own-brand cars

SAIC Motor Corp, the country's largest carmaker, will invest 20 billion yuan over the next five years to design and develop its own passenger cars.

The company planned to roll out about 20 new self-branded models in co-operation with South Korea's Ssangyong Motor, company president Chen Hong said yesterday.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Sales of self-branded cars edge up

Mainland carmakers sold 940,300 vehicles under their own brands in the first three quarters, accounting for 27 per cent of total passenger vehicles sales, according to a Xinhua report.

Analysts said sales of self-branded cars were maintaining a 25 to 27 per cent share of the market. However, the industry faces resistance at pushing beyond a market share of 30 per cent.

1 Nov 2007 - 12:00am