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NASA chooses next rover landing spot in search for life on Mars

Jezero Crater on Mars, which is the new destination for NASA's next Mars rover.
On ancient Mars, water carved channels and transported sediments to form fans and deltas within lake basins. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL

NASA has decided to send its next Mars rover to Jezero Crater to search for life, after after considering more than 60 other possible locations, the agency announced Monday.

The big picture: The next mission to the Red Planet will launch in July 2020. The rover will look for signs of past habitable conditions and will collect and store rock and soil samples. Future Mars exploration missions could retrieve those samples for analysis. “Getting samples from this unique area will revolutionize how we think about Mars and its ability to harbor life,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement.

Podcast: Facebook's crisis of confidence

Dan is joined by New York Times tech reporter Mike Isaac, to discuss Facebook's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.

"Mark Zuckerberg reportedly referred to a lot of the criticism, particularly on the idea it misled people, as 'bullshit' during an employee call late last week, but here’s what’s very real. The talk of Zuckerberg running for president, or Sheryl Sandberg returning to D.C. in a Democratic administration, is over. Now it’s all about if they deserve to keep running one of the world’s most powerful companies."
— Dan Primack

Tim Cook defends taking billions from Google

Apple CEO Tim Cook being interviewed on "Axios on HBO"

If Apple is so big on users' privacy, why does the company take billions of dollars from Google in exchange for letting the search giant be the default search engine on iPhones, iPads and Macs? It's a question that has been on my mind a lot amid the raging debate over how much control individuals should have over their data.

Why it matters: Apple likes to make the case that while most of the Big Tech companies make money from selling your information, it makes money from selling you products. But it also gets a lot of money from Google, which only pays that amount because it makes more than that from Apple's customers.

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