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13 February 2019 19:31

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Rare African black leopard is photographed for first time in more than a century

A British wildlife photographer has captured images of an extremely rare African black leopard. It is believed the only other image of the black leopard in the wild was taken in Ethiopia in 1909 (Pic: Will Burrard-Lucas) The black leopard was captured after photographer Will Burrard-Lucas made a series of traps The black leopard's eyes struck photographer Will Burrard-Lucas first Will Burrard-Lucas captured the images in January of the animal with its sooty black coat at the Laikipia Wilderness Camp in Kenya. Mr Burrard-Lucas set up a Camtraptions camera trap that included wireless motion sensors hoping to photograph the animals at night. A pilot accused of killing 11 men when his Hawker Hunter jet crashed at the Shoreham air show has denied claims he was cavalier or thrill-seeking. Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, Andrew Hill said "it was the primary aim of the display to avoid risk".

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NASA about to pull plug on Mars rover, silent for 8 months

Asked by his defence barrister Karim Khalil if he had ever "any mind to cause risk to anybody" at an air show, Mr Hill said: "Absolutely not. Image copyright Sussex Police/CPS Image caption Andrew Hill's Hawker Hunter jet was too low when he performed a loop, the court was told Taking the court through his thoughts and processes when preparing for display flights, Mr Hill said he was known for his "detail and preparation and planning". Jurors were shown more footage of Mr Hill flying at different air shows, including him carrying out the same "bent loop" stunt in the same aircraft at an air show at Shannon Airport just over a month before the crash. Mr Hill had passed medical checks before the crash, while tests and scans carried out afterwards did not show any sign of a medical condition - including cognitive impairment - which may have affected his health leading up to the crash, the court heard. Shoreham crash pilot Andy Hill (pictured outside the Old Bailey this morning) spoke at his trial for the first time since the disaster A former test pilot accused of killing 11 people in a crash at the Shoreham air show said he never learned about the dangers of blacking out from G-forces while training with the RAF, a court heard.

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Andy Hill, who flew Harrier jump jets in Iraq before becoming a pilot for British Airways, claims he was suffering from cognitive impairment before crashing the 1955 Hawker Hunter on August 22, 2015, and could not remember what happened. Hill, speaking for the first time since the crash, said: 'I can't recall G-LOC being part of formal aircraft training either way. The court heard that Hill left the RAF in 1994 and went into civilian airliner flying. Prosecutors previously told the court the crash was due to "pilot error" and although Hill was normally considered "careful and competent", he had taken "risks" in the past, suggesting he sometimes played "fast and loose" with the rules and may have had a "more cavalier attitude to safety than was appropriate". US space agency NASA is to hold a briefing today at 7 pm GMT (2 pm ET), in which it is to officially announce the Mars Opportunity Rover mission 'dead'.

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US space agency NASA is to hold a briefing today at UK time 7 pm, in which it is to officially announce the Mars Opportunity Rover mission 'dead'. The agency will have made one final attempt to contact Opportunity Rover late last night USA time (Tuesday), eight months after the spacecraft last made contact. A giant dust storm blocked sunlight from Mars in 2018, stopping Opportunity's solar-powered batteries from being able to recharge But a giant dust storm last year blocked sunlight from Mars, stopping Opportunity's solar-powered batteries from being able to recharge. Robotic rover missions are an important part of human space exploration because these tools also help inform NASA's efforts to send people to the surface of Mars sometime in the coming decades. Nasa is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits.

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* Massive Mars dust storm could mean loss of a Nasa rover This illustration made available by NASA shows the rover Opportunity on the surface of Mars. (NASA via AP) NASA is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits. Global dust storms typically kick up every few years, and "we had gone a long time without one." Unlike NASA's nuclear-powered Curiosity rover still chugging along on Mars, Opportunity and Spirit were never designed to endure such severe weather. This Jan. 5, 2016 photo made available by NASA shows the tool turret at the end of the the Opportunity rover's robotic arm on the southern side of "Marathon Valley," which goes through the western rim of Endeavour Crater. In this Feb. 15, 2018 photo made available by NASA, the sun rises as seen by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State University/Texas A&M via AP) This March 22, 2016 photo made available by NASA shows the shadow and wheel tracks of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity just after a drive on a slope above Endeavour Crater. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP) This October 2017 photo made available by NASA shows an enhanced-color view of ground sloping downward to the right in "Perseverance Valley," seen by the Opportunity rover on Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University/Arizona State University via AP) This image sent by NASA's Opportunity rover on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 shows a view from atop a hill on Mars. (NASA via AP) This composite of May 2017 photos made available by NASA shows "Perseverance Valley" which just on the other side of the dip in the crater rim as seen by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, in preparation for driving down into the valley. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP) This March 31, 2016 photo made available by NASA shows a dust devil in a valley on Mars, seen by the Opportunity rover perched on a ridge.

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Explore further: NASA's storm-silenced rover marks 15th anniversary on Mars A massive dust storm which engulfed the surface of Mars has knocked out the Opportunity Rover, according to NASA. Will NASA pull the plug on the Opportunity Mars mission? In their latest update for the rover, NASA said: "No signal from Opportunity has been heard since Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018) during the historic global dust storm. The Opportunity rover was on mission for more than 15 years