Fifteen years ago, Opportunity touched down on the Red Planet for a mission that was supposed to last just over 90 days. But while it might not have even had a chance to unpack its bags with that kind of timeline, Oppy far exceeded its original shelf life. An artist’s concept of NASA’s Opportunity rover on the surface of Mars. NASA/JPL/Cornell University/Maas Digital The Little Rover That Could traipsed around for 5,352 sols (equivalent to 5,498 Earth days) covering more than 45 kilometres (28 miles) and sending back valuable data for researchers. That included discoveries that pointed to signs of water on the planet in the past and evidence that Mars could have supported ancient microbial life. All that bodes well for us humans as we think about travelling to Mars in the future, thanks to our rather unfortunate reliance on water.But while Opportunity survived for eight Martian years and lived far longer than its twin rover on the Mars Exploration Rover program (the equally positive sounding Spirit), Earth lost contact with it in 2018 and eventually declared the mission complete in February 2019. While the world has mourned the loss of a particularly adorable and helpful robot, one question remains: Why does Mars keep killing all the stuff we shoot up there? 6:31 Comments Share your voice Mars rovers NASA Space Another Mars rover bites the dust, but NASA’s not finished… Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech Humans on Mars: An atlas of plans to land on the Red Planet In this week’s episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at the death of Opportunity and the travails of the rovers that came before it. Why were they sent to Mars? What conditions did they need to overcome to survive? And how did Mars eventually kill them all? From the science we’ve scienced along the way to the next steps for Martian discovery, we look at all the things the world’s rovers have achieved and what the next phase of Mars exploration looks like. Because while Mars might have claimed NASA’s little Wall-E rover, that’s not going to stop us from launching more rovers and getting them to reccy the planet before us humans head to Mars as well.To learn more about the death of NASA’s little Wall-E rover and what else we’ve got in store for Mars, check out this week’s episode of Watch This Space. You can get your space fix every other Friday with new episodes, or catch up with the whole series on CNET or YouTube. Tags 32 Photos 8
Volvo India, the auxiliary unit of Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo Cars, on Friday launched its much-awaited Volvo V40 Cross Country in India with a price tag of ₹28.50 lakhs.The company, which plans to expand its Indian market, has tied up with Bajaj Allianz for vehicle insurance. The V40 Cross Country hatchback packs a high-performance turbocharged T5 five-cylinder engine which accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)The diesel engine offered for India is expected to churn out 148 bhp power and 35.7 Kgm at 350 Nm torque. The vehicle hosts a number of unique style features like contrasting front and rear bumpers, honeycomb mesh grille, upright day-running lights and an integrated skid plate. The car sports alloy wheels upto 19 inches and has a sporty R-Design model. In terms of safety features, the V40 comes with front, curtain and knee airbags, ABS+EBD, traction control, ESP and City Safety Braking.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)”Volvo V40 Cross Country, which is a variant of the V40, represents a model that is premium in design, features, technology and safety. The car will bring in new impetus to our growth strategy in India,” said Volvo Auto India Managing Director, Thomas Ernberg. Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)Volvo sets new target with the launch of V4 in India. The company aims to increase its sales in India by around 50 percent in the current financial year. As part of company’s aggressive plan for the Indian market, Volvo will launch two new models – S60 and XC 60 in the country by October.Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India at ₹ 28.5 lakh (Facebook)”Volvo struggled over how to succeed in India but now we are the fastest growing luxury car makers here and we continue to see that in future too,” Thomas said. The lately launched car will take direct competition with BMW’s X1 which is priced between ₹27.9 lakh and ₹32.5 lakh .Volvo Drives V40 Cross Country To India
Thursday, September 6, 2018Frustrations over bus system continueLaura IsenseeFamilies wait in line on the first day of school at the magnet bus hub stop at Wilson PK-5 on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. Problems have plagued the new bus system all week.The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is scrambling this week to resolve several problems with its new bus system for magnet schools, though some parents are so frustrated they’re giving up on the routes. The new system involves hub stops for some 20,000 Houston students attending magnet, or specialty, schools outside their neighborhoods. It was meant to cut down on wait and commute times.However, it has caused delays and long rides for many families. Man charged in Harvey repair wage theft caseProsecutors have filed the first ever wage theft case in Harris County against a local man who stiffed a self-employed independent contractor for $2,300, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.Sonny D. Nicholas, 62, has been charged with Theft of Service for the post-Harvey rip off of a house painter in April 2018.“This is about treating people decently and obeying the law,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a news release. Rare books out for public viewingGail Delaughter A Spanish book of hymns from the 1500’s sits next to a letter from Sam Houston in the rare books room.These aren’t the books you’ll find on the shelf at your local library branch. To access the Houston Public Library’s rare book collection, we’re taken to an upper floor of the downtown library’s historic Julia Idelson Building.We go through a locked door to a darkened, climate-controlled room that’s referred to as “The Vault.” CDC Confirms Measles Case in HoustonThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Wednesday a case of measles in Houston, according to the City’s Health Department.The Health Department detailed that a boy between 1 and 3 years of age contracted the illness. The boy was being treated at Texas Children’s Hospital.This is the first case of measles in Houston since 2013. The Health Department has found that, so far, no other persons who could have been exposed are at risk of having contracted the illness. Share
By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROAfter a weekend that began violently with a dozen shootings on May 3, the violence and shootings have continued this week, sparking added concern amongst politicians and Commissioner Michael Harrison. On May 6, two adult men were injured in a double shooting in North Baltimore according to police.Baltimore Police wrote on Facebook that officers responded to the 5400 block of York Road in the Govans neighborhood just before 4:15 p.m. for shots fired.Officers found a 54-year-old man and a 21-year-old man shot.(AP Photo)They were transported for their injuries.Their current condition is unknown at this time.In the early morning hours of May 7, three men were shot, one fatally, when police responded to an area hospital at 11:00 p.m. for a walk in shooting victim.The 20 year old man endured gunshot wounds to the body.Detectives then responded on May 7,around 3:15 a.m. to the 5800 block of Cedonia Ave, where they found a 16-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound to the thigh. The teen was taken to an area hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive.Four hours later, police responded around 7:45 a.m. to the 1700 block of Longwood Ave. in Southwest Baltimore, where they found a 30-year-old man with gunshot wounds to the head and torso. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.As of May 8, there are no suspects in custody for any of the weekend shootings.“This is not something we can do alone. We need help identifying people who committed that shooting from last night where those babies were shot,” said Harrison to local television station WJZ.“The community should be appalled. This is shocking to the conscience.”After the shootings last Friday, the violence continued on May 4, when a man was fatally stabbed and another was shot in two separate incidents.Police responded to a stabbing just before 1:30am in the 5600 block of Pennington Ave, South Baltimore, where they found an adult male suffering from numerous stab wounds. He was transported to Shock Trauma where he was pronounced dead.Police have identified the 28-year-old man but will not release his identity until next of kin has been notified.The stabbing occurred only a few blocks from where a 55-year-old man was injured in a shooting.Also on Saturday, police responded to the 5100 block of Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore at 7:50 a.m., when they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to an area hospital. He is expected to survive.Harrison, who visited the children that were shot, said that police pursued a suspect in a “silver or gold 4 door sedan” but the driver got away.May 5, a man and a woman were killed in separate incidents. Just after midnight, in Upton heard gunfire.A woman was found in an overturned vehicle in the 1600 block of Druid Hill Avenue suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported and pronounced dead at an area hospital.According to a city police spokeswoman, the vehicle hit a parked car before coming to rest. The parked car was occupied by a woman and an infant. Both were checked out by medical personnel and were uninjured, the spokeswoman said.Shortly, before 11 p.m., police were called to the 700 block of E. 20th St. in East Baltimore Midway to investigate a shooting. They found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Emergency medical workers declared him dead at the scene, police said.Police did not identify either victim.Three other people were also shot Saturday evening in non-fatal incidents.
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Pet Fed, a two-day festival, is back with its 4th edition in the Capital with some Bollywood celebrities supporting and taking part in the event.Powered by Dogsee, the pet festival is coming back with its 2017 edition in Delhi on December 2-3 at NSIC Grounds in Okhla and will have its debut edition in Mumbai on December 17-18 at MMRDA Grounds, BKC, said a statement. Anticipating more than 25,000 pet parents and 4000 pets, this year’s pet extravaganza will witness engagements into fashion shows, talent shows, workshops, police dog shows, dog art gallery and even a world record attempt. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnd if your pets have some cool tricks in their repertoire, enroll them for the Pet’s Got Talent, happening for the first time in India and show off how well they can jump through a loop, play dead on command or any other such fascinating trick.After creating waves in Delhi, Pet Fed is set to give every pet parent and animal lover a chance to spend two days with these loving creatures who love us unconditionally and to reciprocate the love they deserve in Mumbai as well. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePet Fed is India’s biggest pet festival curated to celebrate the love people have for animals. The entire concept of Pet Fed was started by the young entrepreneur Akshay on the belief that there’s an event for every passion of human being, be it music, art, fashion or comedy, but nothing for people who like animals. Pet Fed was curated to fill this very gap in the market.When: December 2 – 3Where: NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi Timing: 11 am – 9 pm
The monsoon season is a festive celebration of the spirit of strong family ties and happiness. Keeping the festive spirits high and with an aim to promote the feeling of communal harmony within the hearts of local masses, Delhi Tourism is back with its Teej Festival at all its three Dilli Haats – INA, Pitampura and Janakpuri until August 14, August 11-15 and August 12-15 respectively.In sync with the festivities, all the three centres of Dilli Haats have been decorated to put forth the best of this season. The long festive extravaganza will have stalls adorned by artificial jewellery, handicrafts and handloom products. Unique delicacies like Ghevar, Rajasthani thalis alongside savoury treats from across the city will be available. Teej Bazaar, the highlight of the festival is one of a kind flee market that offers a variety of colorful Rakhis and traditional decorative items. Mehandi artists, bangle, and jewellery stalls form a vital part of this tradition and will be showcased during the Utsav. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCultural performances in association with Sahitya Kala Academy, Rajasthan Tourism etc. have been scheduled during the evening hours of the festival. The evening will showcase enthralling performances by folk artists, the ceremonial Rajasthani dance and traditional arts for the entertainment of the visitors. While parents indulge in the festivities, kids will be able to enjoy at the joy rides available at the venue.Dilli Haat, INA will also host a Mehandi and Rangoli competition on the August 11.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major road is shut after a lorry hit a disused railway bridge. The HGV collided with the bridge on Leek Road, Abbey Hulton , at around 11.50am today (June 6). Two fire crews from Hanley and one from Longton were called to the scene and police officers are controlling the flow of traffic in the area. A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 11.51am to Leek Road, in Abbey Hulton, to reports of a collision with a HGV and a low bridge. It is a disused railway bridge. “We have two crews from Hanley and one from Longton in attendance and have requested that the police attend for traffic management purposes. “A crew from Hanley were travelling behind the lorry and and a refrigeration unit caught fire. The firefighter used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. The scene has now been left with the police.” Read MoreWarning issued after cigarette sparks garden fire A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We were called at 12.05pm and Staffordshire Fire were on the scene. An articulated vehicle had collided with a railway bridge. There was a fire but that was extinguished. “Recovery has been requested as has a structural engineer. Network Rail has been notified but it is a disused railway bridge.” Read MoreIncreased police presence after fires started behind shops Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here .