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I was researching software remotes for the Apple TV the other day and stumbled upon CiderTV by Aivee Apps. But wait, doesn’t Apple’s own Remote app for the iPhone and iPad get the job done?

Er, not quite. It’s buggy, slow and just a pain in the you-know-what. I want a solution that goes beyond Remote’s basic functionality, with features like richer gestures and DLNA volume control for compatible TV sets.

That way, I wouldn’t have to constantly juggle between the tiny Apple TV remote and another one for my TV. CiderTV does just that—and then some more—and is available at no charge.

Simple setup

Before you can use CiderTV as a soft-remote, you must first register the app with your set-top box. To do so, just fire up CiderTV on your iPhone, and type in a four-digit code shown on the screen by going to Settings → General → Remotes on your Apple TV.

Both your Apple TV and iPhone running CiderTV must be connected to the same local Wi-Fi network or they won’t see each other. Don’t worry, connecting a software remote won’t unpair the hardware remote or other software remotes.

To set up volume control, hit the gear icon above the volume slider and CiderTV will scan DLNA-compatible TVs connected to your home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

Select your TV and you’re good to go. Keep in mind that certain Samsung Smart TV models might require additional pairing between the CiderTV app and the TV set.

Gestures everywhere

Like Apple’s Remote app, CiderTV is heavy on gestures.

That’s expectable and quite appreciated given the Apple TV’s mess of an interface. You just swipe to select on-screen menus on your TV, double tap anywhere on the screen to go back and swipe to move between items.

This intuitive gesture control is particularly handy for nighttime. Instead of struggling to find that Menu button within Apple’s Remote app, just double tap anywhere inside CiderTV to go back a level.

Built-in help provides an overview of additional gesture-based actions.

Long tap, for example, takes you back to the Apple TV’s Home screen regardless of where you are currently. When media is playing, use swiping to review and fast-forward or tap once for play/pause.

Limitations

As per usual, certain limitations apply.

Unless your TV supports volume control over the IP protocol (DLNA) mode, you won’t be able to adjust its volume with CiderTV. And if your Apple TV is in sleep mode, CiderTV cannot turn it on and off.

To prevent deep sleeping, set Settings → General → Sleep after on your Apple TV to Never (not very eco-friendly, I know), which will keep the network stack alive.

Summing up

CiderTV is fast.

I’m happy to report that I didn’t notice annoying lag when navigating my Apple TV with CiderTV. I especially like that developers addressed Apple Remote’s biggest annoyance—too sensitive scrolling.

As a replacement for Apple’s own Remote app, CiderTV is definitely worth trying.

Not only is Apple’s Remote app lacking, but is plagued with some annoying shortcomings such as unreliable performance and non-existent DLNA volume support.

You might think this isn’t a big deal, but I disagree. Two separate remotes are normally needed to use an Apple TV: the stock aluminum remote to operate the box itself and your TV’s remote to adjust the volume.

At the very least, CiderTV saves you from the pain of switching between two remotes. Decide for yourself if eliminating the need to switch remotes when controlling the volume is worth the trouble to you.

Availability

CiderTV requires an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 7.0 or later. The app lacks native iPad interface and is English-only.

Grab CiderTV for free in the App Store.

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Review: Mophie’s Spacestation More Than Doubles Smaller Ipads’ Storage And Power, For A Price

Mophie’s Juice Packs are unqualified success stories. After debuting the first Juice Pack in late 2007, Mophie became synonymous with “iPhone battery cases,” and enjoyed years of popularity despite increasing competition. But the company’s USB battery packs aren’t as well-known. Ranging from minimalist to ruggedized, Mophie’s Powerstations range from 3,000mAh to 12,000mAh in capacity, and carry hefty $80 to $150 MSRPs. Regardless of whether they’re judged by features or battery performance for the dollar, they’re hard to pick over rivals, since you can now get a high-quality 25,600mAh battery for the same price as a 3,000mAh PowerStation.

Based upon last year’s iPhone 5/5s-specific Space Packs, the brand new Spacestation is Mophie’s shot at differentiating its USB batteries from the masses. Offered in 32GB ($150), 64GB ($200) and 128GB ($300) capacities, Spacestation combines an app-managed USB flash drive with a 6,000mAh battery, which promises “3X extra battery” life. Realistically, that’s enough power for a full recharge of the original iPad mini or three recharges of older iPhones. But since 6,000mAh batteries are getting cheaper every week, Spacestation’s appeal is mostly in its ability to at least double the number of videos, music, photos, and documents that can be accessed by your iOS device on the road…

Key Details:

Three storage capacities offer 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of extra space for iOS devices

6,000mAh battery delivers an 67% charge for iPad Air 2, 103% charge for iPad mini 1, at roughly 1-Amp speeds

Minimalist design looks and feels better in person than photos

Micro-USB cable is included

Space app is cleanly designed, able to combine on-device and Spacestation libraries

Measuring roughly 4.3″ by 2.2″ by 0.6″, Spacestation is closest in size and features to Mophie’s $80 4,000mAh Powerstation, but with the battery capacity of its $100 twin-port 6,000mAh battery Powerstation Duo. Yet despite selling at a higher price, Spacestation loses Powerstation’s fancy iPhone 4-inspired design elements, sandwiching a black soft touch rubber core between two nearly black sheets of metal. The only visual frill is a swirled metal power and remaining power button on one edge, which activates four adjacent white lights. One short edge includes a micro-USB port for recharging and a full-sized USB port for charging; a micro-USB cable’s in the box, leaving you to supply a Lightning cable for your iOS device. While it looks and feels better in person than it appears in photos, I couldn’t help but feel that the premium-priced Spacestation really should have included a Lightning cable — either in the box, or physically integrated, like Mophie’s Powerstation Plus.

If it were judged solely as a battery, Spacestation would have a hard time competing against lower-priced rivals with similar or larger capacities. I tested it with a first-generation iPad mini containing a 4,490mAh battery, which went from completely discharged to 100%, then added an additional 3% after a partial discharge, for a total of 103%. In another test, I used a completely discharged iPad Air 2 with a 7,340mAh battery inside, and was able to bring it back from dead to 67%. Both percentages were expected given the standard power loss during transfers from one battery to another.

There were a couple of battery-related surprises during my testing of Spacestation. First, after discovering an undocumented Bluetooth Low Energy on/off switch in the Space app, I searched Mophie’s site and Spacestation’s included manual for an explanation, but found nothing. The app says it can use this switch “to turn on your connected Spacestation,” which doesn’t make a lot of sense given that the switch only appears when Spacestation is physically connected to the device running the app. Since Spacestation does indeed appear to have a Bluetooth chip inside, and auto-pairs with iOS devices, my guess is that something — possibly a remote trigger to start charging one device using another device — is planned for the future, though it’s hard to quantify the real-world value of such a feature.

Another surprise was that Spacestation doesn’t deliver Mophie’s promised 2.4-Amp “high-current charging” output. During my test with the iPad Air 2, it took nearly 4 hours to hit the 67% recharged level, when a 100% recharge with a 2.4-Amp power source takes around 3 hours and 40 minutes. With the iPad mini 1, which can fully recharge in under 2 hours and 50 minutes with a 2.4-Amp charger, Spacestation instead took 4 hours and 17 minutes. Both times were closer to what I’d expect from a 1-Amp rather than a 2.4-Amp charger, which is disappointing, as many batteries actually charge at iPad-ready 2.1-Amp or 2.4-Amp speeds.

Thankfully, there’s more to Spacestation than just the battery. The other half of the equation is the 32, 64, or 128GB flash memory — enough to double, triple, or even octuple the integrated storage of your iOS device. There are three ways to save files to Spacestation: connect it to a computer with its included USB data cable, send files wirelessly from your computer to your iOS device using Mophie’s free Space app, or save files directly to the Space app from other sources such as your iCloud Drive.

This is the web-based interface for sending files from your computer wirelessly to Spacestation. It requires zero configuration — you just look at the Space app’s web address on your Wi-Fi network and enter a five-character password to make a secure connection, then drag and drop files to upload them. Saving files isn’t super fast, but it’s an easy and reliable wireless alternative if you’ve forgotten your micro-USB cable.

Mophie’s Space app has continued to improve over the past year. The main screen of the app shows you a battery meter with granular bars indicating Spacestation’s remaining power, a Wi-Fi icon for those wireless transfers, and a collection of icons leading to Photos, Videos, Music, Documents, Favorites, and Spaces, the latter enabling you to browse the full collection of items on the drive. Space can optionally present your on-device and Spacestation libraries as a single list so that they can be browsed and accessed seamlessly, a nice feature, and also offers an overflow storage feature that continues saving Camera shots to Spacestation even when your device is out of space. If your iOS device is constantly storage-constrained, a Spacestation can be a less expensive alternative than buying a new iPhone or iPad.

So would I recommend Spacestation? The answer’s not as simple as a “yes” or “no.” On one hand, if you’re using a 16GB or 32GB first-generation iPad mini, you can add double your battery life and double or triple your storage capacity for $150, which is less than going out and buying any replacement iPad currently available. But on the other hand, iOS-compatible flash drives such as Sandisk’s iXpand sell without batteries for $60 (32GB), $100 (64GB), or $150 (128GB), including Lightning connectors. Add to that the typical cost of a standalone 6,000mAh USB battery pack ($20 to $30), and even if you ignore the cost of a Lightning cable, Spacestation sells at a $70 to $120 premium relative to the features it offers. Consequently, Spacestation is clearly best-suited to users who so value having both spare storage and power in a single housing that they’re willing to pay a lot for the privilege. For the time being, I’d personally go with separate accessories and save some cash, but if Spacestation’s price comes down to Earth, it will be more broadly appealing; the added utility it offers over a traditional battery is obvious.

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Origin Red Blackwidow Ultimate Review: Great For Typing As Well As Gaming

This partnership between Razer and Origin delivers the same quality as Razer’s own BlackWidow Ultimate, but with the benefit of a red color scheme and Cherry MX Blue switches.

Razer fans who love everything about the company’s keyboards apart from their eye-watering green-and-black color schemes are in luck. The company recently partnered with boutique PC builder Origin to offer a custom-branded edition of its popular Razer BlackWidow Ultimate keyboard.

You don’t have to game aboard a submarine to appreciate the red backlight.

I loved the feel of the Razer Green switches for gaming, due to the high actuation point—it was easy to double- or even triple-tap keys and get a quick response. On the other hand, I found typing on the Razer Greens a chore. Razer’s Greens felt similar to Cherry’s stiff and tactile MX Blue switches, but they had a tendency to bottom out—that is, strike against the base of the keyboard—easier. The typing experience was unpleasant to say the least.

Origin’s Red BlackWidow Ultimate has USB, mic, and headphone pass-throughs on its right-hand side. 

Cherry MX Blue switches are commonly held as the best for typists because you can learn to fly across the keys without actually bottoming any of them out. Learning to type without bottoming out can both improve speed and reduce hand stress. Origin’s BlackWidow Ultimate uses standard Cherry MX Blues rather than Razer’s custom switches, which makes it a dream to type on. The trade-off? A slight performance hit when gaming, due to the Blues’ lower actuation point.

Origin’s keyboard also ditches the green and black digs for a much more muted red-and-black scheme that helps preserve your night vision. You don’t have to game aboard a submarine to appreciate that. Even at full brightness, I found the Origin’s red backlighting far less distracting than Razer’s green offering.

Origin’s red backlight is as soothing as Razer’s green backlight is searing. 

Apart from those differences—and an Origin logo on the lower deck, where Razer’s writhing snakes appear—this is the same BlackWidow Ultimate you already either love or hate. There’s a row of five macro keys down the left side, with all settings stored in Razer’s Synapse software. You’ve also got a button for Game Mode, a button for on-the-fly macro recording, and quick access to media/volume keys across the Function row. These functions are all accessed by way of a modifier key that’s, for whatever reason, not backlit.

If you’re going to use all its pass-throughs, the Origin Red BlackWidow Ultimate will require two of your PC’s USB ports, its headphone output, and its mic input. 

Some of the secondary function keys, such as the volume and media keys, are also not backlit; so good luck remembering in the dark whether Play/Pause is assigned to the F5 or F6 key. And like Razer’s own BlackWidow Ultimate, the designators for Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Game Mode are backlit icons instead of dedicated LEDs. Residing under a layer of translucent plastic renders these symbols fuzzy and indistinct; it can be hard to tell which modifiers are engaged at a mere glance.

The red backlight, Cherry MX Blue switches, and this Origin logo are all that distinguishes this from Razer’s BlackWidow Ultimate gaming keyboard. 

Comma Before Such As

The prepositional phrase “such as” is used to introduce examples or to specify something about the phrase it modifies.

There’s a comma before “such as” when it introduces examples that could be left out.

There’s no comma before “such as” when it introduces essential identifying information

Examples of when to use a comma before “such as”

“Such as” introducing examples (comma) “Such as” introducing identifying information (no comma)

Many types of animals, such as fish and seabirds, live in marine environments. Animals such as dogs and cats make good household pets.

The book touches on a number of complicated topics, such as music theory, brain chemistry, and artificial intelligence. I enjoy learning about topics such as history and technology.

TipTry a simple trick to confirm whether you need a comma: remove the “such as” phrase. If the sentence still expresses the same basic meaning, add the comma. If not, no comma is needed. When in doubt, double-check with the punctuation checker.

“The book covers a number of complicated topics” expresses the same point as the original sentence, but “I enjoy learning about topics” is so vague that it’s not really expressing any clear point. The “such as” clause is essential in the latter sentence, so there’s no comma.

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Comma before “such as”: Introducing examples

“Such as” is frequently used with a similar meaning to “for example” or “for instance,” to introduce an example or a list of examples. When used in this way, “such as” introduces a nonrestrictive clause (or nonessential clause): one that could be removed without affecting the basic meaning of the sentence.

Restrictive clauses are normally separated from the rest of the sentence with commas. If you’re not sure whether your “such as” clause is nonrestrictive, try removing it and seeing whether the sentence still makes the same point:

Transitive verbs, such as “give,” “buy,” and “need,” are followed by at least one object, which represents the thing or person affected by the action.

Transitive verbs are followed by at least one object, which represents the thing or person affected by the action.

We can see that the sentence without the “such as” clause is still expressing the same meaning as the original sentence; it just doesn’t provide specific examples anymore.

When you add a comma before the “such as” phrase, you must also add one after it unless it appears at the end of the sentence (in which case it’s just followed by a period). Don’t forget the second comma:

The park is home to a variety of recreational activities, such as hiking, fishing, and

picnicking that

can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

The park is home to a variety of recreational activities, such as hiking, fishing, and

picnicking, that

can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

No comma before “such as”: Identifying information

“Such as” is also used to provide information that is needed to clarify whom or what the sentence is about. The “such as” clause is attached to some part of the sentence (e.g., the subject) to identify it. This kind of “such as” clause is called a restrictive clause (or essential clause).

Restrictive clauses are not separated from the surrounding text by commas, and they can’t be removed from the sentence without changing the meaning. A good test, again, is to try removing the “such as” clause. If doing so makes the sentence unclear or changes the meaning, then no commas are needed:

Words such as “give,” “buy,” and “need” are classed as transitive verbs.

Words are classed as transitive verbs.

The sentence with the “such as” clause removed doesn’t make sense. It seems to suggest either that all words are transitive verbs (not true) or that some unspecified number of words are (not really a meaningful statement).

So it’s clear that the “such as” clause is restrictive—it’s essential to the sentence’s meaning because it defines which words are being referred to. Therefore, it shouldn’t be preceded by a comma.

Is there ever a comma after “such as”?

Whether or not you’ve used a comma before “such as,” it’s wrong to place a comma directly after it: “such as” should be immediately followed by the words it introduces, without any punctuation in between.

I enjoy various genres of music,

such as, jazz

, indie rock, and hip hop.

I enjoy various genres of music,

such as jazz

, indie rock, and hip hop.

Other punctuation with “such as”

It’s also wrong to use a colon directly after “such as.” Colons are commonly used to introduce lists of examples, but a colon must always come at the end of a complete sentence. Since it never makes sense to end a sentence with “such as,” using a colon here is a mistake:

There are many countries I still want to visit someday,

such as: Japan

, Brazil, Canada, and India.

There are many countries I still want to visit someday,

such as Japan

, Brazil, Canada, and India.

There are many countries I still want to visit someday,

such as the following:

Japan, Brazil, Canada, and India.

People occasionally make the mistake of adding a semicolon before or after “such as.” Both are wrong. A semicolon normally connects two independent clauses, and “such as” doesn’t work as either the beginning or the end of an independent clause, so using a semicolon makes no sense:

There are many countries I still want to visit

someday; such as

Japan, Brazil, Canada, and India.

There are many countries I still want to visit someday,

such as; Japan

, Brazil, Canada, and India.

Worksheet: Comma before “such as”

Test your knowledge of when you need a comma before “such as” by completing the worksheet below. Just add commas wherever you think they’re needed to the example sentences, and then check them against the answers provided.

Practice questions

Answers and explanations

Letters such as “p” and “t” are referred to as consonants.

Influenza has a number of common symptoms such as coughing and headache.

The company offers a wide range of products such as electronics and home appliances at affordable prices.

Themes such as love and death can be found in art and literature throughout history.

Historical figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King serve as an inspiration to many modern-day activists.

Letters such as “p” and “t” are referred to as consonants.

Here, you don’t need any commas , because the “such as” phrase is restrictive: it’s needed to identify what letters you’re referring to. Surrounding it with commas would incorrectly suggest that all letters are consonants.

Influenza has a number of common symptoms, such as coughing and headache.

In this sentence, you need a comma before “such as,” because it introduces a nonrestrictive clause (a list of examples that are not essential to the sentence’s meaning).

The company offers a wide range of products, such as electronics and home appliances, at affordable prices.

Commas are needed around “such as electronics and home appliances,” since it’s a nonrestrictive clause. The object is already identified by “a wide range of products,” and the following phrase just provides some examples that aren’t essential to the statement.

Themes such as love and death can be found in art and literature throughout history.

No commas are needed here. Adding commas around the “such as” phrase would turn this into a statement about “themes” generally, making it too vague to be meaningful.

Historical figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King serve as an inspiration to many modern-day activists.

Again, no commas are needed: “such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King” is a restrictive clause. Without it, the sentence would just refer to historical figures in general, which is unlikely to be the intention of the statement.

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Carriers Watching Closely As T

T-Mobile will officially sell the iconic iPhone in three to four months and when it does, the Deutsche Telekom-owned wireless carrier, the fourth-largest in the United States, will be offering Apple’s handset on monthly installments. The struggling telco won’t have to bet the farm by spending billions in upfront iPhone subsidy to Apple and would-be customers will get more bang for their buck in terms of voice and data.

It should be a win-win. Matter of fact, T-Mobile USA’s strategy is “very intriguing” to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam and AT&T boss Randall Stephenson applauds the idea and says that’s something his company is “going to be watching” going forward.

Should the T-Mobile experiment pays off, it’s entirely conceivable that the US market could finally catch up with the rest of the world by offering non-subsidized hardware and instead focus on more affordable wireless services…

Here are choice quotes from a Reuters report:

Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, Apple’s first partner for the iPhone, applauds T-Mobile USA’s idea. “That’s something we’ve looked at on several occasions. I kind of like that idea,” Stephenson said. “It’s something we’re going to be watching.”

And Verizon:

The news gathering organization notes Apple’s grip on carriers may be loosening now that more flagship devices from other vendors are vying for your attention:

Asked whether carriers are now in a better position to negotiate lower prices with smartphone makers such as Apple, Fran Shammo, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications, said having four strong platforms – Apple, Android, Windows and BlackBerry – is leading to more competitive pricing.

Working with Apple is a double-edges sword, notes one executive:

Selling to Apple is “a double-edged sword,” said the executive, who was not authorized to discuss his company’s relationship with Apple. Having Apple as a customer guarantees huge volumes, but comes at the cost of accepting rock bottom prices that can cripple profit margins, the executive said.

That is true – just ask Sprint.

Unlike the subsidized model – which is prevalent in the United States but not so much elsewhere – T-Mobile’s unsubsidized route seems pretty interesting. In a nutshell, instead of getting a new iPhone for $199 in exchange for a pricey two-year wireless contract, you’ll be paying T-Mobile full price for the handset – about $600.

As a token of its appreciation for you absorbing full cost of the device, T-Mobile will offer unsubsidized Value Plans with substantially cheaper monthly rates for voice and, particularly, data plans. T-Mobile is basically keeping the contract with this Value program and passing the money it will have saved from not subsidizing handsets onto you, the subscriber.

T-Mobile closed 2012 by bringing its iPhone-friendly HSPA+ network on the 1900MHz band to as much as fourteen new cities and it now covers over a hundred million people.

We recently learned that the carrier hosts close to two million unlocked iPhones on its network, which should’t be surprising considering it has nano SIMs for the iPhone 5 and provides free support to unlockers willing to bring their iPhone and sign up for one of its unlimited 4G data plans.

So, how would you rather buy your next iPhone: for $199 and with a pricey two-year contract or the T-Mobile way, paying the full price in exchange for more affordable voice and data?

Watch Live As The Osiris

Four years ago, NASA launched its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from Cape Canaveral. Two years ago, the spacecraft finally reached its target of the carbon-rich, Earth-adjacent asteroid Bennu. Today, OSIRIS-REx (the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer) will fulfill its original mission and collect a rock and dust sample of at least two ounces from the asteroid—the largest sample of its kind ever collected.

The mission has been no easy feat for the NASA engineers involved. The engineers selected Bennu out of 500,000 potential asteroids in the Solar System because of its proximity to the Earth, relatively slow rotation, carbon-heavy chemical composition, and large diameter of approximately 500 meters. After selecting the asteroid, the engineers charted a course for the craft and, roughly two years after the launch in September of 2024, it began to orbit the asteroid. For the past two years, OSIRIS-REx has been in orbit, taking photographs and 3D scans of the asteroid’s surface to measure its temperature, rock mineral content, and x-ray emissions. Bennu is the smallest object that any NASA spacecraft has ever orbited.

The sample collected today could hold important information that will allow scientists to better understand the origins of life on Earth. The sample might also be used for more practical purposes, like determining whether it’s possible to use the material that comprises asteroids like Bennu to sustain human life on Mars or other planets. When the spacecraft finally returns the sample to Earth in 2023, it will be studied extensively for years to come.

OSIRIS-REx will use a robotic arm called TAGSAM (Touch and Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism) to grab a fistful of loose dust and rock called regolith from the surface of the asteroid without ever actually landing. The spacecraft has plenty of time and enough fuel for three attempts at collecting a sample from the asteroid.

“It’s a very safe way (if such a thing exists) to retrieve a sample from an asteroid,” Rich Kuhns, Lockheed Martin’s OSIRIS-REx project manager, told Popular Science before the initial launch of the spacecraft in 2024. “Since you just have to be in contact with the asteroid, the technology allows us to collect our sample in only 3 to 5 seconds.”

However, the collection mission isn’t so simple as OSIRIS-REx just reaching out from its orbit and grabbing a bunch of rock. The collection site is hazardous, and NASA engineers will be issuing instructions to the spacecraft from Earth, which it will carry out autonomously. The craft is also designed with these hazards in mind and will perform several automatic functions to ensure that the mission is successful.

“The solar panels will pull back safely away so they can’t touch Bennu’s surface,” said Roger Harris, who served as Project Manager for OSIRIS-REx work at IV&V, in a NASA post. “The Natural Feature Tracking system will enable the spacecraft to pull back before the spacecraft is in danger of colliding with a hazardous area of the ‘Nightingale’ landing site, which while our best option for gathering surface material, is surrounded by massive mission-ending boulders.”

You can watch live coverage of the mission tonight starting at 5pm EDT. If all goes well and the sample is collected by OSIRIS-REx without a hitch, the spacecraft will still have quite a long way to go before it’s received at home. Because of differences in orbital alignments, it will not begin its return journey until 2023. Then, the spacecraft should travel home and touch down in Utah with its sample in 2023.

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