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Honda India has has launched the Exclusive editions of three of its popular models-WR-V, Jazz and Amaze in the country. The Honda WR-V Exclusive Edition is priced Rs 18,000 over the VX grade. The petrol MT trim is priced at Rs 9.35 lakh, whereas the diesel version is priced at Rs 10.47 lakh. Honda Jaaz Exclusive Edition costs Rs 19,000 more than the VX CVT petrol at Rs 9.23 lakh. While the Honda Amaze Exclusive Edition can be had for an additional premium of Rs 12,000 over the VX trim, the petrol version is priced at Rs 7.87 lakh and the diesel version is available at Rs 8.96 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi). Mr Rajesh Goel, Sr. Vice President & Director, Sales and Marketing, Honda Cars India Ltd said, “We are extremely delighted to introduce the Exclusive Editions of Honda Amaze, WR-V and Jazz offering unique sense of freshness to the models. We are confident that these special editions will be appreciated by our customers for the differentiated value they offer.” All three Exclusive Edition Honda models are available in Radiant Red Metallic and Orchid White Pearl colours. These Exclusive Edition models get exterior enhancements as well additional interior utility features. Based on the top-spec VX trim, the Honda Amaze Exclusive Edition is available in both petrol and diesel options. Among the additional enhancements, the Amaze Exclusive Edition gets sporty alloy wheels with dual tone black stickers, sporty and premium Black PU Seat Covers, front armrest with slide functionality and console box, step illumination garnish and Exclusive Edition Emblem. Coming to the Honda Jazz Exclusive Edition, it is based on the VX CVT petrl trim. The additional kit includes all-new black painted tailgate spoiler with LED, special body graphics, sporty black painted alloy wheels, new black PU seat covers, step illumination garnish and Exclusive Edition emblem. The Honda WR-V Exclusive Edition is offered on the top-of-the-line VX variant and is available in petrol as well as diesel engine options. The LED equipped tailgate spoiler gets an all-black treatment, while the sides are adorned by special body graphics. Inside the cabin, it features sporty and premium black PU seat covers. Other bits such as step illumination garnish, exclusive edition emblem round up the rest of the changes.

NASA’s first interplanetary mission to use a class of mini-spacecraft has fallen silent in deep space and it is unlikely that they will be heard again, the US space agency has said.

Launched last year, the pair of briefcase-sized spacecraft known collectively as MarCO (Mars Cube One) — nicknamed EVE and WALL-E, after characters from a Pixar film — served as communications relays during InSight’s landing, beaming back data at each stage of its descent to the Martian surface in near-real time.

However, “it’s been over a month since engineers have heard from MarCO,” NASA said in a statement. “At this time, the mission team considers it unlikely they’ll be heard from again.

“WALL-E was last heard from on December 29, EVE, on January 4. Based on trajectory calculations, WALL-E is currently more than 1.6 million km past Mars. EVE is farther, almost 3.2 million km past Mars,” NASA noted.

The team is not exactly sure why the satellites have gone silent.

“WALL-E has a leaky thruster. Attitude-control issues could be causing them to wobble and lose the ability to send and receive commands. The brightness sensors that allow the CubeSats to stay pointed at the Sun and recharge their batteries could be another factor,” NASA said.

The MarCOs are in orbit around the Sun and would not start moving again until this summer.

Although the team will re-attempt to contact the CubeSats at that time, it is doubtful whether their batteries and other parts will last that long, as the farther they are, the more precisely they need to point their antennas to communicate with Earth.

Even if they are never revived, the MarCO mission was a spectacular success, NASA said.

WALL-E sent back stunning images of Mars as well, while EVE performed some simple radio science.

“This mission was always about pushing the limits of miniaturised technology and seeing just how far it could take us,” said Andy Klesh, the mission’s chief engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, which built the CubeSats.

“We’ve put a stake in the ground. Future CubeSats might go even farther,” Klesh added