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NASA's Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars yesterday, 203 days after being launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rover, which is powered by a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) developed and fuelled in partnership with the US Department of Energy (DOE), will explore the Jezero Crater and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth.

Date: Saturday, 20 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Perseverance-begins-exploring-on-Mars

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rover, which will be powered by a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) developed at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory (INL), will land on Mars to begin exploration in February 2021.

Date: Friday, 31 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-powered-rover-sets-off-for-Mars

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for Holtec International's proposed consolidated HI-STORE interim storage facility (CISF) and made a preliminary recommendation that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude it from issuing a licence for environmental reasons. Holtec proposes initially to store 500 canisters holding around 8680 tonnes of used nuclear fuel at the New Mexico site.

Date: Friday, 13 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-regulators-issue-draft-EIS-on-consolidated-used

Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) on 16 January completed drilling its first 1000m test hole in the Ignace area. It is one of five sites in Ontario to be investigated for siting a deep repository for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel. The test site is in the Revell Batholith rock formation some 35km west of Ignace.  

Date: Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstest-drilling-begins-for-canadian-repository-6033170

The Middle East’s first major international research centre for science application research was inaugurated on 16 May at Allan in Jordan. Scientists from across the region will use the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (Sesame) for advanced research projects. The centre is the region's first international centre of excellence and is modelled on the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). It was developed under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) with support from the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA). 

Date: Thursday, 18 May 2017
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmiddle-east-synchrotron-centre-launched-in-jordan-5818202

South African utility Eskom on 20 December released a request for information (RFI) to the market for the Nuclear New Build Programme following the publication of the section 34(1) determination as amended in the Government Gazette on 14 December 2016, in terms of the Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006. Section 34(1) designates state-owned Eskom or its subsidiaries as the procurer of the nuclear generation plant. Front end fuel cycle facilities will be procured by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in collaboration with Eskom.

Date: Thursday, 22 December 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssouth-africa-formally-launches-new-build-programme-5703891

The end of March marked the deadline for seismic risk hazard reports for more than 60 US nuclear power facilities based on a new catalogue of seismic events. The US regulator the NRC said that it would take about a month to review the submissions before confirming which plants will be required to do more extensive analysis of 'their ability to respond safely to a significant earthquake event'.

Date: Monday, 07 April 2014
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-seismic-reports-come-in-impact-of-new-rules-could-be-significant-4210284