DLRmagazine 168 – Qubits hit the ground running
A chip can be the heart of a quantum computer. Atoms or ions can be separately trapped on it. These can serve as information carriers, so-called qubits or quantum bits. Quantum computing is expected to open up new opportunities in materials research, medicine and the energy and transport sectors.
Mars2020 - Searching for traces of past life
Did life ever exist on Mars? That is what NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is attempting to determine. To do this, the Perseverance rover is searching for traces of past microbial life in Jezero Crater; these are referred to as biosignatures. A lake existed in the crater more than 3.5 billion years ago. Evidence for this is provided by two ancient river deltas in its interior, in the deposits of which numerous water-containing minerals have been detected.