Wednesday, 19 September, 2018


Huge Dust Storm Strikes NASA’s Opportunity Rover

Conspiracists go wild as Life on Mars 'proved by NASA' SECURETEAM10 LIFE ON MARS Conspiracists have been sent into meltdown
Kristine Garrett | 13 June, 2018, 22:38

This included Perseverance Valley or the site where Opportunity had been conducting science operations. NASA announced last night that the current dust storm is now worse - in terms of total sunlight blocked - than the 2007 storm. According to NASA, the weather event the rover faced in 2007 had an opacity level around 5.5. Onboard instruments showed the rover's temperature to be -20° F (-29° C) at the latest data transmission, reducing the drain on the batteries while the systems generate heat of their own to help keep the rover warm.

The basic process for finding Martian organic compounds can be boiled down to two steps - separate organic molecules from the Martian rocks and sediments and give them an electric charge so they can be detected and identified by the mass spectrometer, NASA said.

"Engineers will monitor the rover's power levels closely in the week to come". The team handling the operations thought it won't be able to maintain a balance between low power and energy-intensive heaters created to protect its batteries from the Martian cold. Likewise, performing certain actions draws on battery power, but can actually expel energy and raise the rover's temperature.

The rover has proved hardier than expected by lasting almost 15 years, despite being designed for a 90-day mission.

NASA Opportunity rover's operations have been halted due to a raging dust storm on Mars. As soon as the orbiter team saw how close the storm was to Opportunity, they notified the rover's team to begin preparing contingency plans. "In a matter of days, the storm had ballooned".

Till June 8 this storm had already covered 7 million square miles and even more than that on Mars. It increased the atmospheric opacity in the region, creating a smog-like situation where most of the sunlight gets blocked out. Nighttime on Mars is extremely cold, but using Opportunity's heaters can drain the batteries.

A second big discovery is related to the methane in Mars atmosphere.

"It's not unlike running a auto in the winter so that the cold doesn't sap its battery charge", NASA writes in a release.

It also goes without saying that men or women who will make the trip to another planet should be able to get back, which means blast off needs to be possible from Mars.

On the other hand, if this massive dust storm on Mars is lasting for longer than usual, the rover would experience, once again, the so-called Martian Cold, a phenomenon that destroyed NASA's Spirit Rover, the Opportunity's "brother", in 2010. They can start out of nowhere and continue for days or maybe even months.

"The question of whether life might have originated or existed on Mars is a lot more opportune now that we know that organic molecules were present on its surface at that time". The blue dot below is where NASA thinks Opportunity is located in the storm.

Recommended

loading...
...
  • Proposal to split California into 3 states goes to ballot

    Proposal to split California into 3 states goes to ballot

    A nascent opposition campaign already is sounding the more practical alarms about splitting California into three states. But even if the plan is approved at the ballot box, Congress would still have the final say on whether it can go ahead.
    Score a free taco today

    Score a free taco today

    Taco Bell plans to honor its promise Wednesday, June 13 from 2 - 6 p.m.at participating locations across the country. The Taco Bell promotion is limited to one taco per person, no purchase necessary, while supplies last.
    Google Assistant Now Capable of Handling 3 Commands at a Time

    Google Assistant Now Capable of Handling 3 Commands at a Time

    It means that if you own a Google Home smart speaker , you may soon find you're using the word "and" more than you ever have before.
  • Fyre Festival’s Billy McFarland faces new fraud and money laundering charges

    Fyre Festival’s Billy McFarland faces new fraud and money laundering charges

    Sweeney Jr. says that McFarland didn't stop committing fraud crimes after he plead guilty for the Fyre Festival incident. He's due to be sentenced this month after pleading guilty in March .
    Picture worth a thousand words: Trump, Merkel 'standoff' captures G-7 tensions

    Picture worth a thousand words: Trump, Merkel 'standoff' captures G-7 tensions

    But Merkel and Seehofer both signalled they wanted a quick end to the spat. The anti-immigration AfD said Seehofer must prevail.
    Panama ex-President Martinelli hospitalized, 'stable'

    Panama ex-President Martinelli hospitalized, 'stable'

    On Monday a handcuffed Martinelli, escorted by US Marshals, greeted reporters gathered to see him off at the Miami-area airport. Martinelli's attorneys filed a motion on May 24 in a Miami court to stop the appeal of the ruling on its shipment to Panama.
  • Google plots death of inline installation for Chrome extensions

    Google plots death of inline installation for Chrome extensions

    It may be more hard for malicious actors to get users to install their extensions directly from the Web Store. But, the mechanism has been abused by attackers to trick users into downloading malicious extensions .
    Australian tourist dies 'while trying to take selfie'

    Australian tourist dies 'while trying to take selfie'

    A British woman and Australian man have died after falling 100 feet off a beach wall in Portugal while taking a selfie . The beach at Pescadores is surrounded by cliffs and a 30-metre high wall covered in shrubs.

    Transference Teases Gameplay With Haunting Trailer at E3 2018

    This is no RPG, you stumble into Raymond's experiment with your own experience and must interpret events for yourself. It's about hopping between minds, reading mental secrets, and finding out the mystery of a very dark family.
  • Luka Doncic won't withdraw from NBA Draft, report says

    Luka Doncic won't withdraw from NBA Draft, report says

    Shams Charania , an insider for Yahoo! According to a report from Jonathan Givony , Doncic will indeed remain in the draft. If the Suns do hang on to the No. 1 pick, it's expected that they'll select the seven-foot, 260-pound Ayton.

    These states are working to keep net neutrality alive

    Black says he's nervous the repeal of net neutrality could curb the flow of internet traffic to his website and hurt business. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a longtime network neutrality advocate and a member of the Senate Commerce Committee. "Ignore them.
    Robert De Niro gets standing ovation for Trump blast at Tony Awards

    Robert De Niro gets standing ovation for Trump blast at Tony Awards

    While CBS was quick to catch the swear for US audiences, the word wasn't censored during the Australian broadcast. The hip-hop star has applauded veteran entertainer Robert De Niro for publicly ripping President Donald Trump .

Spanish port to accept 629 stranded migrants snubbed by Italy Spanish port to accept 629 stranded migrants snubbed by Italy Malta and Italy both thanked Spain for stepping up, but maintained their dispute over who was responsible. The migrants were rescued in six separate night-time operations in the central Mediterranean on Saturday.

Toddlers could be consuming more sugar than recommended for adults, study finds The earlier patient is introduces to high sugar consumption, the heavier the consequences he or she will face during the life. However, parents should always have the goal to give their children less added sugar, say the researchers of the study.

Intel will be releasing its first discrete GPU in 2020 Intel will be releasing its first discrete GPU in 2020 Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, has made the bold prediction to analysts that it will have discrete graphics chips available in 2020. Intel's new technology promises to slash the amount of power that laptop displays consume.

Protester With a Bottle of Lotion Interrupts Scott Pruitt Speech Protester With a Bottle of Lotion Interrupts Scott Pruitt Speech EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox referred questions to Pruitt's outside legal counsel, though he did not respond to requests to provide the name of the administrator's defense lawyer. "We write to you with grave concerns that".

Bercow jokes that baby in the Commons is better behaved than MPs Bercow jokes that baby in the Commons is better behaved than MPs He then demanded a vote on the issue, something which Bercow refused to consent to until PMQs had concluded. MPs from the party walked out of the question session in protest, with many shouting "bye!" as they left.

What are the US-South Korea war games? What are the US-South Korea war games? Trump and Kim signed an agreement to work toward denuclearization, but it appears weaker than past deals that failed. Mr Trump made the announcement following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on Tuesday.

Thomas cements Dauphine pole as Bilbao wins penultimate stage Thomas cements Dauphine pole as Bilbao wins penultimate stage Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team EF Education First - +41 Drapac p/b Cannondale Overall leaders 1. The Astana rider completed the route, which started in Frontenex, in a time of 3:34:11.

Mystery paralysis in 5-year-old girl linked to tick bite Mystery paralysis in 5-year-old girl linked to tick bite Jessica Griffin from MS said her 5-year-old daughter, Kailyn lost the ability to walk and talk after contracting tick paralysis. The little girl was immediately rushed to a hospital, where doctors confirmed that she'd been suffering from tick paralysis.

Tim Burton's Dumbo live-action reboot takes flight in new trailer Tim Burton's Dumbo live-action reboot takes flight in new trailer The film stars Colin Farrell , Danny DeVito , Eva Green and Michael Keaton , plus newcomers Finley Hobbins and Nico Parker . It's also a surprising departure for Burton, whose name has become synonymous with a Gothic flair and kabuki-mask faces.

Oil prices drop on prospect of rising supplies After Trump tweeted his unhappiness with the price of oil in April, the price of oil fell . The president has been vocal about his dissatisfaction with oil prices in the past.

South Korea seeks clarity from United States after Trump-Kim summit South Korea seeks clarity from United States  after Trump-Kim summit He said Trump's comments reinforced fears that North Korea could attempt to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul . A degree of confusion arose after Vice President Mike Pence spoke to senators at a lunch closed to media coverage.

Who is America's Got Talent's Golden Buzzer act Courtney Hadwin? Who is America's Got Talent's Golden Buzzer act Courtney Hadwin? When the song ended she got a standing ovation, much to her dad's delight, who was watching with host Tyra Banks from backstage. America's Got Talent is an American reality television series aired on NBC , and part of the global Got Talent franchise.

Kate Middleton Supports Prince William's Charity Polo Match Kate Middleton Supports Prince William's Charity Polo Match James's Palace, and has seven godparents: Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the Hon. My American side here, biased maybe because of everyday #gunviolence in United States of America , but my British side agrees.

Valve Updates Steam Chat With New Friends List, Group Tools Valve Updates Steam Chat With New Friends List, Group Tools For PC gamers there are plenty of avenues to purchase titles digitally, yet the dominant platform most will use is Valve's Steam. The very first thing that you may notice is that the chat interface is now detached from the main interface.

Creator of the Trump-Kim 'Movie Trailer' Steps Forward Creator of the Trump-Kim 'Movie Trailer' Steps Forward But the White House "tried to fill in the blanks", he said, and in Kimmel Live's imagining, Trump gave away a comically large number of things.