NASA'sCuriosityMarsrover exhausted 2 inches (5 centimeters) into a rock on Sunday (Might 20), getting powdered Red World samples for the very first time in more than 18 months, company authorities stated. NASA points out that the image was taken by Curiosity's Mastcam and that the image has been white balanced and contrast-enhanced.
Now, imagine that happening with a drill you're controlling from 60 million miles away.
After months of analysis and testing on Earth, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, recently uplinked commands for a new drilling technique that lets Curiosity's drill bit extend out beyond two stabiliser posts originally meant to steady the bit against a target rock. After those tests returned positive results, NASA chose to move forward with the plan, and just reported the successful drilling of a large Martian rock nicknamed "Duluth". The mechanical problem put a stop to the rover's drilling activities, which make up an important part of NASA's Curiosity mission.
On May 20, Curiosity applied FED to drill a 5-cm-deep and 1.6-cm-across hole in a target called "Duluth". "We are very pleased that the result was so successful", says Deputy project Manager Curiosity Steve Lee. Thanks to a lot of creative thinking, NASA was able to overcome the most recent malfunction, allowing the rover to get back to drilling Martian rocks - a vital part of its science mission. The samples are acquired from Gale Crater, which the rover has been exploring since 2012.
Hands On With New Acer Chromebook Spin 13 & 15
The Chromebook 15 will debut this June for $349 and the Chromebook Spin 15 will cost a bit more at $449 when it launches in July. This is helpful because all of Acer's new Chromebooks support both Chrome apps and Android apps from the Google Play Store .
Oil prices drop on potential increase in OPEC output
The United States Oil ETF (NYSEARCA: USO ) traded down about 0.9% to $14.43, in a 52-week range of $8.65 to $14.74. Brent crude futures were down 75c at $78.82 a barrel by 9.40 GMT, while U.S. crude fell 46c to $71.74 a barrel.
As we speak, according to NASA, the MarsCuriosity Rover is now making its way uphill along the Vera Rubin Ridge that is estimated to be loaded with red rocks that are likely to be filled with hematite, an iron dioxide that is only created in the presence of water.
Demonstrating that Curiosity's percussive drilling technique works is a milestone in itself.
In the next phase of this project, NASA engineers will use the Rover camera to assess how much soil gets into the inner laboratory of the Rover.
The problem with the rover's drill was that a faulty motor prevented the drill head from extending and retracting between two stabilizers that pushed against the ground when operation began. The team will continue to look at the data to determine where improvements can be made and will continue testing drilling techniques.
The challenge is to uncover whether to rover can sprinkle the powder sample onto the analytical instruments inside the two high-tech labs, perhaps by using the drill's percussion mechanism.
So is Pyongyang now ready to make a deal Trump can brag about? For all the drama of the past months, little has changed. He told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the lack of response was an additional reason for Trump's decision.
The colour for example is a one-off shade that was developed specially for the auto and is a three layer metallic red. Then there's the rear, which, thanks to the loss of the 488's ungainly side air-intake, is infinitely more elegant.
If you are going to be playing on a regular PS4 or Xbox One, you will still experience 60fps at a 1080p resolution. The test is still planned for Switch before its release, but with the delay, we're unsure when it will go live.
The defendants later admitted disposing of Ms Lionnet's body but denied murdering her, blaming each other for the death. A COUPLE have been found guilty of murdering their French au pair over a freaky obsession with a Boyzone singer.
Unfortunately, SMS two-factor isn't quite as secure as the non-SMS kind-but any two-factor is better than none. Further, select the option to enable two-factor authentication, then follow the setup to complete the process.
Brown, who arrived at the airport "about an hour before the crash", was able to capture the scene of the wreckage on camera. Firefighters sprayed foam onto the wreckage of the plane and first responders have been working to rescue passengers.
The Sportage now offers a wider range of engines, including Kia's new "EcoDynamics+' 2.0-liter 'R" diesel mild-hybrid powertrain. This time around, the vehicle gets a new mild hybrid diesel engine which is reportedly compliant with future emission standards.
Prime Minister Theresa May said the Skripals were poisoned with novichok, a deadly nerve agents developed by the Soviet military. She said she hoped to return to Russia but, as she said previously, she added she did not want Russian consular help.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and murdered by NATO-backed militants after halting his nascent nuclear program. Trump, in his letter to Kim, objected specifically to a statement from a top North Korean Foreign Ministry official.
BMW was the first choice for Apple, but the two giants clashed over the ownership of customer experience and relationship. Originally, Apple planned to build a vehicle that would disrupt the automotive industry.
Researchers are warning the nutritional changes could have significant health implications - especially in poorer countries. One of the world's most important food crops may be declining in quality due to greenhouse gas emissions.
Sprint reveals LG G7 ThinQ pricing with BOGO deal
It'll cost $ 33 per month on an 18-month Sprint Flex lease, but you get another G7 for free if you have a second line. So, are you picking up an LG G7 ThinQ on Sprint's network? Verizon is starting pre-orders tomorrow, on May 24.
Acer's Predator Helios 500 gaming laptop is a Core i9 powerhouse
Let's start with the new desktops, and specifically the company's mid-range Predator Orion 3000 and high-end 5000 configurations. A special edition of the Helios 300, meanwhile, comes in a "chic" white-and-gold color scheme along with a faster 144Hz display.
Acer Swift 5 slims down, gets bigger display for 2018
Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Even better, the full HD IPS display is surrounded by ultra-thin bezels, which measure in 5.87mm (0.23 inches).
McDonald’s holds onto plastic straws amid push for bans
The new bill would require food vendors to forego straws, or offer reusable alternatives made from metal, paper or bamboo. The proposed bill would reportedly affect vendors who now use plastic straws, across all businesses.
Congress approves easing of Obama banking restrictions
Trump thanked the lawmakers at the event for playing a role in moving the legislation through the Senate and later the House. Eventually, the exempted banks will no longer have to undergo an annual stress test conducted by the Federal Reserve.
Camillus couple heading to Supreme Court to evict their adult son
Michael Rotondo , who has been living with his parents, Christina and Mark Rotondo , shows no signs of leaving, say court filings. No specified deadline was stated in court, but the lawyer mentioned that it would include reasonable time for Rotondo to vacate.