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Toyota mystery car reveal: Watch the debut live


Big things are happening in Japan on Monday with Toyota and Subaru. For those of us in the US, that means we’re in for something this Sunday. What is it? We don’t know yet for sure, but the joint announcement from the two Japanese automakers makes us believe a new Toyota 86 sports car is nigh.

The two companies will unveil a jointly developed car on April 4 at 9 p.m. PT. Specifically, Gazoo Racing will be running the show on the Toyota side of things, which is pretty good evidence this is a new sports car. We do know both companies are also working on an electric SUV, but it seems unlikely the GR arm would have a hand in that.

If we do get a new 86, it will compliment the 2022 Subaru BRZ, which we first saw last year. Expect the new 86 to mostly twin with the BRZ once again, though we heard a delay on Toyota’s end is meant to draw more contrasts between the two. How much different the two will be remains to be seen.

Stick around and tune in at 9 p.m. PT when the show kicks off in Japan.


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Where to buy a PS5: What gamers need to know to buy Sony’s new console


To the chagrin of gamers everywhere, Sony’s new PlayStation 5 is still nearly impossible to find. Major retailers such as Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart and Amazon have had consistently low inventory that cannot keep up with demand — and when inventory drops do happen, they sell out in moments. It’s no wonder that the PS5 was recently bestowed the honor of fastest-selling console in US history.  

As of April 4, no regular retailers have the PlayStation in stock. Despite occasional PS5 inventory drops at various stores, the game console remains sold out in both of its configurations: the $500 model with Blu-ray and the less expensive $400 digital-only edition with no optical drive. If you’re willing to pay an obscene amount over the ticket price, you can get a PS5 or PS5 bundle at a reseller like eBay or StockX. We advise waiting, though. In a few more months, we expect PS5 availability to turn around and inventory levels to rise, and then you might regret having spent $1,000 or more a few months earlier. For the latest stock updates on when retailers might have inventory and offer the gaming console for sale online, be sure to check back here frequently. 


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You can monitor where the PS5 is available on your own; Twitter, for example, is a good source of restock rumors. But we occasionally get word directly from retailers and tipsters about upcoming PlayStation 5 console inventory restocks, and we update this post immediately. Again, be aware: It likely will be months before anything approximating normal inventory levels appears in stores, so getting your own PS5 is likely to be a challenge until summer, at the earliest. Below you’ll find a list of all the major retailers (and a few high-profile resellers) where you can monitor stock and availability. 

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PS5 restock options at major retailers

You can check out Amazon’s page for the $400 Digital Edition via the button below, or, if you’d rather, get in line for the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500.

When in stock, Target offers the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500, in addition to the PS5 Digital Edition, which you can find by clicking the button below.

You can check on availability of the $400 Digital Edition at Walmart by clicking the button below, or you can try to snag the pricier PS5 with Blu-ray for $500.

When in stock, Best Buy offers the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 along with the $400 Digital Edition (which you can find by clicking the button below). The retailer is also offering a slew of accessories on its PS5 landing page.

We don’t recommend spending more than retail to get a PS5, but if you must have a console right now, eBay is your shortcut to getting a console. That said, expect to pay hundreds over list; the average PS5 price on eBay is about $800. 

If you’ve exhausted all of the usual retail options and you’re willing to pay hundreds over list price, you might want to check out StockX, an eBay alternative that made its name in the secondary market for sneakers and designer clothing. Last time we checked, prices for the PS5 were hovering just below $650. We don’t think it’s worth it, but let your conscience (and your wallet) be your guide). 

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OnePlus Watch seems too good to be true. Is there a catch?




OnePlus has entered the wearables market with its new OnePlus Watch, a seemingly high-end smartwatch in both looks and features, but at a lower price than the competition. The $159 (£149, roughly AU$270) OnePlus Watch has a lot going for it. It has a sleek design, advanced health sensors to keep tabs on blood oxygen and stress levels, and a week-long (or more) battery life that could put the Samsung Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch to shame. 

But it’s not without its shortcomings. It’s not compatible with iOS devices (yet), and has fewer third-party apps. 

In addition to its new watch, OnePlus has also introduced two new phones, the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro.

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Simple, circular design  

At first glance, the OnePlus Watch bears a striking resemblance to the Galaxy Watch Active, Samsung’s $250 sports watch. It has a round watch face, AMOLED touchscreen, and a couple of buttons on the side of its stainless steel frame. But unlike the Galaxy Watch Active, which comes in two sizes, the OnePlus Watch is only available in a 46mm case with interchangeable watch bands that can be swapped out for third-party alternatives. 



Basic smartwatch functionality 

The OnePlus Watch does everything you’d expect a smartwatch to do in 2021: display and respond to notifications, make and answer phone calls, play music and serve as a remote for your phone camera and OnePlus TV. But it doesn’t have Spotify support or any other music app, for that matter. Instead it comes with 2GB of internal storage for music. That translates to about 500 songs, which you can listen to on the go when paired with Bluetooth earbuds. It’s only compatible with OnePlus and other Android phones for now, but the company says iOS support will come in time. 

Health and fitness features go beyond the basics

The watch also does your basic fitness tracking with over 110 different workout types to choose from and automatically logs your runs regardless of whether or not you have your phone with you. It has built-in GPS and a 5ATM IP68 rating, which makes it safe for swim tracking. 

It also goes beyond the basics and can measure SpO2 (blood oxygen levels) on demand, as well as detect stress levels and flag abnormally high heart rates. We’ll report back on accuracy on both fitness and health features once we’re able to test it out for ourselves. 

Battery life for days  

The other big selling point for the OnePlus Watch, aside from its price tag, is its battery life. Even if it doesn’t last the two weeks of normal use that the company claims (one week firing at all cylinders), it’s still miles ahead of the Galaxy Watch 3 and Apple Watch, which barely make it to the 48-hour mark. 

The watch also charges fast: You can get a full day of power from five minutes on the charger, or wait 20 minutes for a week’s worth of charge.

Time will tell

The One Plus Watch seems to check all the boxes when it comes to price, features and design, but the jury’s still out on whether or not the company’s first smartwatch can deliver on all of its promises. Once we can test it out for ourselves, we’ll let you know if it’s as good of a deal as it sounds. 

The OnePlus Watch goes on sale April 14. It’s available from OnePlus


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New Black Widow trailer from Marvel trumpets July 9 release




Saturday brought us a new Black Widow trailer and a closer look at Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff in the upcoming blockbuster, now slated for July 9 of this year.  

Black Widow marks the first standalone movie for Johansson’s character and opens Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also stars Florence Pugh as fellow assassin/sister Yelena Belova. David Harbour plays the fatherly character Alexei Shostakov, also known as the Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is his wife, Melina. 

Set after the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, Black Widow pits Romanoff against supervillain Taskmaster

The movie is just one of many delayed by the coronavirus pandemic since March of last year. The new clip wraps up by touting the July 9 release date and says, “Experience it in theaters or order it on Disney Plus Premier Access (additional fee required).”

Cate Shortland directs Black Widow, making her the first female director Marvel has hired to single-handedly helm a feature-length, live-action film. Shortland is best known for her female-led movies Lore and Berlin Syndrome.


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This LED desk lamp with USB ports and wireless charging pad is now just $16




Amazon seller: Afrog

Price: $16 with promo code 7VU88888

Whether you have a home office, need a space for your kids to do homework or just have a general-purpose workspace for paying bills and such, no desk is complete without a lamp. We’ve told you about this cool model from Afrog before, and right now you can get it for the lowest price ever. Usually priced at $50, the last time we mentioned a deal on this lamp it was $20. Right now you can get the Afrog Multifunctional LED Desk Lamp for $16. To get the deal, clip the 10% coupon on the product page and apply promo code 7VU88888 at checkout. 

This price probably won’t last long — I expect the coupon to expire first, though the promo code should work until April 12. If the coupon disappears from the product page, the promo code on its own will net you this lamp for $20, which is still a good deal. But if you want it for $16, I would act fast.

Not only do you get all the benefits of an LED bulb with this lamp — including 5 adjustable color temperatures to suit your mood (from 2,700-6,000K) and 5 brightness levels, but the lamp has a night light mode and an automatic shutoff timer for 30 and 60 minutes.

Better still, Afrog put the lamp’s base to good use. It incorporates a Qi charging pad for your phone and a pair of USB ports for wired charging. Meanwhile, the lamp arm can tilt and pivot every which way, meaning you can put the light exactly where you need it. Hard to beat at $20, to say nothing of $16.

CNET’s deal team scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and check out our CNET Coupons page for the latest promo codes from Best BuyWalmartAmazon and more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page.


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iPhone 13 might not be Apple’s next flagship, thanks to superstition



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Until Apple’s marquee event in the fall, the guessing game over the name of the upcoming iPhone family will continue. At CNET, we’ve been referring to the next-gen iPhone family as the iPhone 13 for the sake of continuity, but a recent wave of reports suggest that we may never get an iPhone 13. 

Out of the possible names, iPhone 12S is rumored to be the front-runner for this year’s series. A January Bloomberg article citing Apple engineers says only minor upgrades are planned for the upcoming lineup, which will likely be an “S” version of the iPhone 12. Frequent leaker Jon Prosser pointed toward an iPhone 12S, too. We’ve seen Apple use this naming scheme in the past with 2015’s iPhone 6S, which superseded 2014’s iPhone 6, and again with 2018’s iPhone XS, a follow-up to 2017’s iPhone X. 

But if other reports are accurate, there won’t be an iPhone 13 hitting shelves next year either: Apple is expected to leapfrog to an iPhone 14 in 2022, excluding “iPhone 13” from its nomenclature altogether. Here’s why. 


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The name iPhone 13 can be bad for optics

It’s no secret that the number 13’s association with bad luck has real-world responses. Just ask the property developers who omit the 13th floor from their high-rises, the droves of couples who steer clear of marrying on the 13th or the psychologists who treat patients for triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13. 

Apple knows this less-than-favorable perception could scare customers away from buying an iPhone 13. In the past, Apple hasn’t shied away from branding its products with the number 13, having released the A13 Bionic chipset and the iOS 13 software update, for instance. This is a higher-stakes branding exercise, however, as we’re talking about a consumer product as opposed to a component or software. Plus the iPhone is Apple’s marquee product, responsible for generating nearly 50% of Apple’s billions of dollars in revenue — and it’s also one of the most popular consumer products ever. 

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The iPhone X (center), launched in 2017 alongside the iPhone 8 (left) and iPhone 8 Plus (right).

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iPhone 12S paves the way for a big upgrade

By going with the name iPhone 12S and skipping iPhone 13, Apple could also be setting the stage for a sweeping design overhaul when the iPhone 14 or 15 comes around, just as it did with the iPhone X. You may remember Apple skipped the iPhone 9 name in 2017, instead following up 2016’s iPhone 7 with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. And don’t forget that the iPhone X was the one that redefined design standards and paved the way for the modern-day iPhone. 

By some accounts, the iPhone 14 or 15 (or whatever Apple decides to call it) could be the company’s much-awaited entry into the world of foldable smartphones. To be clear, we can’t say for certain whether a foldable iPhone will ever see the light of day, but we’re holding out hope that it could happen as early as next year. A Bloomberg report, published in January, said Apple already has a working prototype of a foldable iPhone display, but didn’t confirm a launch. Other outlets, like Taiwan’s Economic Daily for instance, pinned down 2022 as the year the foldable iPhone will come to fruition. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointed to 2023.

Until Apple’s fall event, there are no guarantees about what name will get slapped onto this year’s iPhone. But if you’re interested in learning more about what we’re expecting from the Phone 13, or ahem, iPhone 12S family, read our roundup of some of the juiciest iPhone rumors


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Apple WWDC 21: Looks like we’ll see iOS 15 by June



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This story is part of WWDC 2021. All the latest coverage from Apple’s annual developers conference.

Apple’s annual developers conference is coming. The iPhone-maker on Tuesday sent out invites to its annual developer-focused event, WWDC, where it often shows off what’s next for its iOS, iPadOS, MacOS and other software platforms (here’s what we know so far about iOS 15). Traditionally held in early June, this year’s all-virtual event will take place June 7 to 11. 

Normally an in-person affair that brings thousands of people to Silicon Valley, the 2021 version of WWDC will follow the lead of last year’s conference and be streamed online. Because of the pandemic, the 2020 WWDC was the first to be streamed exclusively online, and Apple also pushed the event to later in the month.

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This year’s conference, which Apple will stream for “free for all developers,” comes as the company is seemingly preparing for yet another big year. In addition to rumored new iPhones, iPads, Macs and AirPods, the electronics giant is in the middle of a transition from Intel processors to its own chips for its Mac computers, a process first announced at last year’s WWDC. Apple is also rumored to be working on a range of new products from virtual reality and augmented reality headsets to self-driving cars.

While some of those projects may still be a few years away, some type of headset may arrive as soon as next year and it’s possible the company will tease some of its work in an effort to jumpstart developers’ app ideas.

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Falcon and Winter Soldier episode 3 recap: Cap’s boys come face to face with Zemo


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Bucky and Sam make a questionable alliance.

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With a new Captain America firmly established and making trouble, the third episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, titled Power Broker, landed on Disney Plus Friday. The Marvel Cinematic Universe show drops us into the chaotic world six months after the sudden return of billions of people in Avengers: Endgame.

Seeking intel on the Super Soldier Serum-empowered antinationalist Flag Smashers, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) agreed to go meet an imprisoned Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) for intel.

However, they’re also at odds with new Captain America John Walker (Wyatt Russell), who was selected by politicians to take up the mantle. That stings especially hard for Sam, who gave up the shield despite being chosen for the role by Steve Rogers.

It’s time to hop on the SPOILER train as Sam and Bucky go globetrotting.

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Ayo, a member of Wakandan special forces, is hunting for Zemo.

The Wakandan Connection

In the episode’s final moments, Bucky encounters Ayo (Florence Kasumba) in an alley in Riga, Latvia. A member of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s all-female special forces group, she was last seen in Avengers: Infinity War and is now tracking Zemo. She’s presumably planning to bring him to justice for the bombing death of King T’Chaka in Captain America: Civil War — an attack orchestrated by Zemo and briefly pinned on Bucky.

Bucky spent time in Wakanda as he had his Winter Soldier programming removed, so he recognizes the African nation’s tech. He also got his vibranium arm there.

T’Chaka’s son T’Challa, aka Black Panther, stopped Zemo from taking his own life after his plan was revealed and Zemo got thrown in prison. It’s unclear if Ayo is acting on her own or was sent by T’Challa, but the presence of a Wakandan character is a reminder that Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa, died last summer, aged 43.


Baron Zemo has some sinister moments…

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Baron Zemo

Zemo is super shifty throughout this episode, and at one point sports an extremely villainous-looking purple balaclava to mirror his iconic look from the comics.

The boys last encountered Zemo in Civil War, when he reactivated Bucky’s Winter Soldier programming and used him to push the Avengers apart. The former head of a paramilitary group in Sokovia, Zemo lost his family when Ultron attacked his country’s capital city. He blamed the Avengers, and became obsessed with destroying the superheroes.

After escaping prison with Bucky’s help, Zemo reveals that he’s spent years hunting people Hydra recruited to recreate the Super Soldier Serum, lest it be used to create an army of people like the Avengers. 


…but he can dance when he needs to.

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Turns out he’s stupidly rich too, with the Alfred Pennyworth-style butler Oeznik (Nicholas Pryor), a fleet of fancy cars, weapons and a private plane. He’s also utterly charming, waxing lyrical about Marvin Gaye’s 1972 album Trouble Man when Sam mentions it.

“It is a masterpiece, James. Complete. Comprehensive. It captures the African-American experience,” he says, which simultaneously irritates and impresses Sam.

His barony mirrors his title in the comics, in which he’s the son of Nazi scientist Heinrich Zemo — there’s been no indication that allegiance is mirrored in the MCU. 

Crime Island

This episode takes Sam, Bucky and Zemo to Madripoor, a lawless island in the Indonesian archipelago. It’s been a fixture in the comics for years, but this is our first time seeing it in the MCU. In this universe, Power Broker — the mysterious villain hunting the Flag-Smashers — is in charge of the island.

We’re also introduced to Doctor Wilfred Nagel (Olli Haaskivi), a former Hydra scientist who was recruited by the CIA and managed to recreate the Super Soldier Serum from samples of Isaiah Bradley’s blood. Unlike the version that turned small Steve Rogers into an Adonis back in World War II, Nagel’s version was designed to be subtle — that’s why the Flag Smashers look physically ordinary despite super strength. 

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Nagel reveals that Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) stole the 20 vials of serum he made for the Power Broker, explaining why the villain is hunting her. 

Nagel’s comic counterpart was the scientist responsible for recruiting Black soldiers to be used as guinea pigs as the US tried to recreate the Super Soldier serum — the experiments resulted that gave Isaiah Bradley his powers.

A real hustler

The boys link up with former SHIELD agent Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp). Our last encounter with her was in Civil War, when she aided the fugitive Cap, Sam and Bucky before going on the run herself. After this, she was among those killed by Thanos’ Snap, so she was gone for five years. Sharon is also the great-niece of SHIELD founder Peggy Carter, who died in Civil War, and both had a bit of romance with Cap in different eras.


Sharon Carter helps our heroes out, but might be up to something.

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Turns out Sharon didn’t get pardoned for helping out Cap and company, so she’s set herself up in a sweet apartment and is stealing stolen art in Madripoor. She’s done pretty well despite being on the run.

Could Sharon be the Power Broker? The criminal mastermind is referred to as “he” during the episode, but it’s possible she’s stayed in the shadows. Sam and Bucky could be her best lead for tracking down Karli, and Zemo shoots Nagel before he can react to Sharon’s arrival.

It’s also possible that she’s working with the Flag Smashers — Karli knows about Nagel’s death almost immediately after it happens. 

She also tells her driver they’ve “got a big problem. Actually, a couple of them” after parting ways with Sam and Bucky. Hmmm Sharon, HMMMMM!

Angry Cap

“Do you know who I am?!” screams Walker after a Flag Smashers sympathizer refuses to talk.

It seems Americans are earning a reputation as “brutes” among displaced people, likely because the Global Repatriation Council is being harshly bureaucratic in its distribution of resources in the wake of the Blip. Walker doesn’t have much patience for diplomacy, but the guy had just spat in his face. I’d be annoyed too.

Walker seems unusually intent on tracking down Karli and company. Could he be trying to get one of those doses of Super Soldier Serum for himself?

Observations and Easter eggs

  • “You’re not gonna move your seat up, are you?” Bucky finally gets payback for Sam refusing to give him more legroom in Civil War.
  • The Global Repatriation Council ad is reminiscent of the WandaVision commercials, but this one is juxtaposed with Walker’s raid on a suspected Flag Smashers hideout in Munich.
  • “The old words” Zemo utters as Bucky arrives outside his cell were the ones used to activate the Winter Soldier programming in Civil War.
  • Zemo is reading Machiavelli in his cell. The Italian Renaissance philosopher is best known for his 16th century political treatise The Prince and linked to the notion that “the ends justify the means.” It’s unclear what end Zemo is working to. It’s possible he’s in league with Sharon though.
  • It turns out Bucky’s notebook was previously Steve’s, as seen in The Winter Soldier.
  • Conrad Mack, aka the Smiling Tiger and the alias Zemo gets Sam to adopt in Madripoor, is a member of villainous group Folding Circle in the comics. They fought the New Warriors in the ’90s.
  • Sam is an absolute champ for knocking back that drink.
  • People recorded Bucky’s Winter Soldier routine in the bar. If that’s posted online, it might look like he’s gone back to his old ways and Walker could use it as an excuse to arrest him.
  • The rollout of the bounty on the three boys, with everyone’s phone beeping, is similar to the end of John Wick: Chapter 2 and the third episode of The Mandalorian.
  • The Monet painting Sam checks out in Sharon’s gallery is 1875’s Woman with a Parasol — Madame Monet and Her Son, which is in Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art in real life.
  • The song Nagel is listening to is 1962’s Comin’ Home Baby by Mel Tormé.
  • After raiding a Global Repatriation Council depot in Vilnius, Lithuania, Karli ruthlessly blows it (and the people inside) up. Her cause has been easy to sympathize with, but that level of ruthlessness makes it harder.

Join us for more Easter eggs and observations next Friday, when episode 4 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier hits Disney Plus. 


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NASA Perseverance Mars rover investigates ‘odd’ rock, zaps it with a laser


NASA’s Perseverance rover snapped a view of this odd rock on March 28. If you look closely just to the right of center, you can see a series of tiny marks where the rover’s laser zapped it.


Mars is a haven for meteorites, and it’s always notable when a rover comes across one of these emissaries from space. Scientists are currently scrutinizing a holey rock spotted by NASA’s Perseverance rover that bears a resemblance to meteorites seen elsewhere.

NASA hasn’t declared what the rock is just yet, but the Perseverance team tweeted on Wednesday, “While the helicopter is getting ready, I can’t help checking out nearby rocks. This odd one has my science team trading lots of hypotheses.”

The rover team said the rock is about 6 inches (15 centimeters) long and told space fans to look closely at the image to “spot the row of laser marks where I zapped it to learn more.”

Perseverance is equipped with a rock-zapping laser designed to help it collect data on Mars geology. You can listen to the laser in action as heard by a microphone. “Variations in the intensity of the zapping sounds will provide information on the physical structure of the targets, such as its relative hardness or the presence of weathering coatings,” NASA said when it shared the laser audio earlier in March.  

Researchers are already throwing around some ideas about the rock, including that it may be a weathered piece of bedrock, a little chunk of Mars from elsewhere that was flung by an impact event or a meteorite.

Perseverance is already hip to meteorites. There’s a tiny slice of a Martian meteorite built into a calibration target used by the rover’s Sherloc (Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals) instrument. So NASA sent a piece of Mars back to Mars. 

The rover made time for the rock investigation while it’s in the process of unfolding the Ingenuity helicopter so it can set it down on the surface prior to what NASA hopes will be the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. 

Between rocks and choppers, it’s been an exciting week for the Perseverance mission.

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