May 2021

When NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars, it did so with a 3.5-billion-year-old ultramafic dunite magnesium-rich rock from the Pilbara region in tow. The rock will be used to calibrate instruments before NASA collects samples of intact rock cores from an ancient river that flowed 3.5 billion years ago in Mars. We take a look at the science behind it.

Also in this issue, we dive into what Australia's resources sector strategy means for miners as it looks to invest further into education and training and learn about the deployment of four autonomous light vehicles at Fortescue’s Christmas Creek mine.

Plus, we ask whether China has turned its back on Australian coal, investigate why the Pentagon is investing in Australian rare earths following the bankrolling of Lynas' refinery, and take a look at a small town that previously got its power from the Ranger uranium mine's diesel generators and will now be the site of a hybrid renewable project.


Editor | Callum Tyndall

Commissioning Editor | Daniel Garrun

Writers | Heidi Vella, Yoana Cholteeva, Matthew Hall, Scarlett Evans, JP Casey
Magazine Designer | Ashley McPherson

Graphic Designers | Anett Arc, Marzia Del Gaone, Tyrrell Lowe, Noemi Balint, Petra Konyi-Kiss, Maria Gimenez, Filipe Costa, Martina Labaiova
Lead Designer | John Hammond 

Publisher | Susanne Hauner
Digital Publishing Director | Duncan West


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