April 20, 2019

NASA's Curiosity Rover Snaps a Selfie Before Its Next Mars Journey

01 February 2019, 01:09 | Edward Lowe

Artist's illustration of NASA's Opportunity rover on the surface of Mars

Artist's illustration of NASA's Opportunity rover on the surface of Mars

Before undertaking its latest trip, though, the rover snapped 57 individual images using its Mars Hand Lens Imager camera. The panoramic picture was taken at the "Rock Hall" drill site on Vera Rubin ridge.

"Curiosity rover has taken its last selfie on the Vera Rubin Ridge and descended toward a clay region of Mount Sharp".

Curiosity, which has explored the ridge since fall 2017, is ready for its next move: The rover is now traveling into the "clay bearing unit", a space that's located in a trough slightly south of the Vera Rubin Ridge.

Botswana ranked 34th least corrupt country
In this slideshow, Newsweek lists the 25 least corrupt countries in the world, according to the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index. Seven EU countries were worse placed than Malta - Italy, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania , Hungary, Greece and Bulgaria .

The selfie taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on January 15 at the "Rock Hall" drill site on the Red Planet's Vera Rubin Ridge.

"The Rock Hall drill hole is visible to the lower left of the rover", NASA reported. The first one is regarding the rover's initial X-band radio which is used for communicating with Earth, which could have failed. Unfortunately, the golf cart-sized robot can't have a proper celebration because it entered sleep mode in June when a global dust storm on Mars blocked out the sun so that it couldn't recharge its batteries. When it gets there, it will check out the unit's clay minerals, which might provide key details on Mars' ancient lakes. Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012, was created to assess whether Mars ever had an environment capable to support microbes. The new commands will address "low-likelihood events" that might have been preventing the rover from sending signals back home.

After losing contact with the $400 million Opportunity rover following a dust storm on Mars, NASA announced that it is planning a renewed attempt to send messages commanding the exploration vehicle to respond.

Japan stun Iran in Asian Cup semis
Japan won by a bigger margin than one goal for the first time in six matches at this Asian Cup . They tried to win the second ball and they were persistent".

"This could be the end. I mean that", Squyres was quoted as saying by The New York Times. Under the assumption that this is the end, it feels good.

The team is continuing to listen for the rover over a broad range of times, frequencies and polarizations using the Deep Space Network (DSN) Radio Science Receiver. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet's "habitability". Each Rover was created to last a few months and travel a few hundred yards.

It has travelled over 45 kilometres and logged its 5,000th Martian day (or sol) back in February 2018.

Chicago police can't find any video of attack on Empire actor
In his police statement , Smollett said he was approached by two individuals who hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him. Smollett was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was in "good condition", according to People Tuesday.

Opportunity and its twin rover, Spirit, were launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 2003. While Spirit's run on Mars effectively ended in 2011, Opportunity persisted and continued to make invaluable scientific discoveries.

Other News

Trending Now

Ariana Grande Didn't Exactly Fix Her Misspelled Tattoo
In case you missed it, the singer recently had the phrase " 7 rings " tattooed on her hand, written in tiny Japanese kanji. Big news on the Ariana Grande bad-tattoo front: Ariana Grande tried to fix her bad tattoo, and she somehow made it worse.

Blues set to sign Michy Batshuayi
Batshuayi is still technically on loan at Valencia but has been frozen out of the first-team picture in recent months. Paris Saint-Germain were linked with a late move for the Brazilian.

Unemployment rate highest in 45 years, says survey - govt withholds report
In other countries we have heard people being encountered, but in our country data is being encountered. And critics say the government's claims of economic success have sounded increasingly hollow.

Microsoft Retiring a Windows Media Player Feature on Older Windows Versions
The update was re-released on 13 November accompanied by a blog post heavy on excuses but strangely light on words like "sorry". Windows 7 , being a huge success for Microsoft, is still used by millions of people throughout the globe.

Trump tears into Fox News over border security coverage
Kilmeade was directly responding to his co-host Steve Doocy quoting an excerpt of an interview Trump gave to The Wall Street Journal on January 27.

Duchess of Sussex Meghan revisits acting past at London theatre
Later today , Meghan will be attending an event at London's National Theatre , of which she recently became a patron. Prince Harry and Meghan are expecting their first child in the spring of 2019.

Donald Trump's freaky new tactic on wall between Mexico and US
Trump has repeatedly insisted that the measure is necessary to lower crime and suppress the supposed influx of drugs across the border.

China does not want an increase in tariffs
The Chinese delegation will be led by Vice Premier Liu He, a close economic adviser of Mr Xi, and central bank governor Yi Gang. The White House announced earlier this month that Trump plans to meet in late February with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Volkswagen dune buggy makes an electric comeback
So for its latest concept auto , Volkswagen chose to use its new electric platform to build a dune buggy of its own. Volkswagen noted its designers resisted the urge to take the concept in a retro direction.

Apple iOS 12.2 for iPhone, iPad can save you from smartphone addiction
Since Apple is still signing the iOS 12 .1.2 and iOS 12 .1.1, the downgrading to a lower version is possible. Maybe you are finding some issues with the latest iOS or maybe you want to have your iOS device Jailbroken.