Science News Roundup: Japan extends participation in International Space Station until 2030; Lab-grown meat cleared for human consumption by US regulator and more

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Here is a summary of current scientific news.

Japan extends its participation in the International Space Station until 2030

Japan will extend its participation in the International Space Station (ISS) program until 2030, Education and Science Minister Keiko Nagaoka said on Friday, like the United States ally. The United States pledged in December to keep the ISS operational until 2030. Among Washington’s program partners, which include Russia, Canada, Japan and the 11-nation European Space Agency, Tokyo is the first to join the United States to expand its participation.

Lab-grown meat authorized for human consumption by US regulator

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a meat product grown from animal cells for human consumption for the first time, the agency announced on Wednesday. UPSIDE Foods, a company that makes cell-grown chicken by harvesting cells from live animals and using the cells to grow meat in stainless steel tanks, will be able to market its products once they have been inspected by the US Department of Agriculture. (USDA), said an FDA statement.

NASA’s Artemis rocket on its way to the moon after an epic launch

With a touch of heroism on the launch pad and an 8.8 million pound (4 million kg) thrust, NASA’s colossal new rocket blasted into space for the first time early Wednesday, sending a next-generation capsule on an uncrewed trip around the moon and back 50 years after the last Apollo lunar mission. The US space agency’s much-delayed and highly anticipated launch from Florida launched Apollo’s successor program, Artemis, aimed at returning astronauts to the lunar surface this decade and establishing a durable base there as a springboard to the future. human exploration of Mars.

Car-sized dinosaur-era sea turtle fossils discovered in Spain

Criss-crossing the subtropical seas that lapped the coasts of the archipelago that made up Europe 83 million years ago, was one of the largest turtles on record, a reptile the size of a small car – a Mini Cooper to be precise – which braved treacherous waters. Researchers on Thursday described the remains discovered in northeastern Spain of a turtle named Leviathanochelys aenigmatica which was around 3.7 meters long, weighed just under two tonnes and lived during the Cretaceous period – the final chapter of the dinosaur era. It is the most famous turtle in Europe.

India successfully launches first privately-built rocket

India successfully launched its first privately-developed rocket, the Vikram-S, on Friday, a milestone in the country’s efforts to create a commercial space industry and compete on cost. The 545kg rocket, developed by space startup Skyroot, lifted off from the Indian space agency’s launch site near Chennai and reached a maximum altitude of 89.5 kilometers (km).

(With agency contributions.)

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