Mars Opportunity rover ends 15-year mission

admin   •   February 14, 2019   •   3223

Still image of Opportunity rover | NASA/JPL via Reuters

Scientists announced Wednesday (February 13) that the Mars Opportunity Rover has officially ended its illustrious 15-year career of scientific exploration. NASA lost touch with ‘Oppy’ on June 10, 2018 following a global dust storm. There has been no communication since.

Scientists had expressed optimism that Opportunity would survive but, the sustained duration of inactivity led the scientific team to end the rover’s historic mission. The Opportunity rover was built to operate for three months but has thrived on Mars since January 2004, giving scientists volumes of data to study and learn more about Mars than anticipated.

The massive dust storm last year coated solar panels that powered the the rover, preventing the six-wheeled robotic explorer from generating the electricity necessary to needed to operate. — Reuters

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Stargazers watch peak of Lyrid meteor shower

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 23, 2020

People looked up to skies on Wednesday (April 22) to witness the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Lyrids are bright and fast meteors that are active from April 16 to 25 every year.

Several stargazers were able to witness this spectacle while others just enjoyed watching the stars.

“The Lyrid meteor shower has been observed for more than 2,600 years. Chinese records show that ‘stars fell like rain’ during the meteor shower of 687 B.C.,” according to PAGASA.

However, they also reported that in recent times, the Lyrids have generally been weak.

“The shower typically generates a dozen meteors per hour under optimal conditions with a brief maximum that lasts for less than a day,” PAGASA stated. AAC

LOOK: NASA’s 50-year observation of Earth from space

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 23, 2020

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a compilation of images of their observations of the Earth in a span of 50 years.

“From the Apollo 8 “Earthrise” image to a growing fleet of satellites, these missions enhanced our understanding of our home planet,” according to NASA’s Twitter post.

This is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

The video showed bits of what earth looks like from space. The video also covered Earth’s changes over the years. AAC

Check what the Hubble telescope saw on your birthday

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 17, 2020

As part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) let’s individuals see what Hubble saw on their birthday.

By clicking this link: https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/what-did-hubble-see-on-your-birthday, website visitor only have to enter the month and day they were born.

On November 3 in 2006
Einstein Ring SDSS J0946+1006
Einstein rings like this form when two galaxies are almost perfectly aligned, one behind the other, and the gravitational field of the closer galaxy bends the light from the more distant galaxy into bright arcs around itself. Courtesy NASA

“Hubble explores the universe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means it has observed some fascinating cosmic wonder every day of the year, including on your birthday,” NASA said.

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