Two days before Australia Day in 2004, NASA’s Opportunity Rover landed on Mars. This little "rover that could" was only intended to undertake a three month mission, but 2014 marks a decade of research. Opportunity sends data from her scanners and sensors back to Earth, including to our Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, for scientists to analyse and interpret what it tells us about Mars past and present.
Next time you boil the kettle, have a think about this: over 90 per cent of the electricity used today is being generated by coal and gas. By 2050, when you do the same thing – make a cuppa – the electricity you use could be generated by over 20 energy sources and technologies. That’s a big change.