NASA declared the 15-year mission of the Mars rover Opportunity over on February 13. We explain what the mission, when it ended and why was it abandoned. What was the Mars rover Opportunity? The rover was active on Mars from 2004 to 2018. When it landed on the Red Planet in 2004 it joined its twin rover Spirit. Together they were party of Nasa’s Mars Exploration Rover programme. Sadly, Spirit got stuck in soil in 2009 and was declared defunct in 2011. Opportunity’s mission found extramaritian meteorites and spent more than two years studying the Victoria Crater. The rover survived numerous dust storms and travelled more than 28 miles. Opportunity discovered tiny iron-rich spheres that suggested Mars had a wet climate in the past. It also found the first meteorite to be discovered on another planet. John Callas, Mars Exploration Rover project manager, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Opportunity has “greatly expanded our understanding of the Red Planet”.When … [Read more...] about What was Mars rover Opportunity mission, when was it launched and has NASA abandoned the rescue effort?
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A CHINESE spacecraft has landed on the dark side of the moon -and snapped the first ever picture of the uncharted lunar surface. Chang'e-4, a space probe loaded with over a ton of scientific equipment, made the historic landing on Thursday morning, Chinese state media said. It comes as China looks to position itself as a leading space power, and marks a big step in Beijing's plans to build a manned lunar base. A Tweet read: "China’s Chang’e 4 probe landed on the moon’s far side at 10:26am BJT today." Chang'e-4's target is a crater nestled in the South Pole-Aitken basin, one of the biggest impact basins in the solar system. At around 1,600 miles across and eight miles deep, it is the largest, oldest, and deepest basin on the moon. China reveals the Chang'e 4 lunar rover that they are sending to the far side of the moon There was some confusion as China announced the landing at 1am before promptly deleting the announcement. Chang'e-4's successful … [Read more...] about Chang’e 4 – China lands on ‘dark side of Moon’ and snaps first EVER image of uncharted lunar surface
NASA’S Mars Curiosity rover has found an unusual, shiny lump on the Red Planet’s surface. Researchers believe the object “might be a meteorite because it is so shiny”, according to a Nasa blog. High fives, fist bumps and hugs in Nasa's control room as InSight probe lands on Mars The Mars Science Laboratory mission’s spacecraft, the most technologically advanced rover ever built, landed on a crater on August 5, 2012. Since then it has been kept busy, working on its mission to determine whether the Red Planet ever was - or is habitable - to microbial life. The rover is the size of a Mini Cooper and is equipped with 17 cameras and a robotic arm containing specialised lab-like tools and instruments. And one of those cameras has captured the unusual gold object. In an update to the mission’s blog, team member Suzanne Schwenzer joked that Rover has been “hunting shiny things!” She uploaded an image taken by the rover's ChemCam of the … [Read more...] about Nasa’s Mars curiosity rover finds shiny ‘golden’ rock on red planet
By Kirk McKeand, Wednesday, 30 May 2018 08:13 GMT Coming to Steam Early Access this summer, Fractured Lands is a battle royale game with vehicular combat as well as on-foot action, from Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Medal of Honor veterans. As the genre dictates, there is a storm pushing players together, but your car is just as important as your guns here. You need to find parts to ram, shunt, and shoot your opponents, and you need to keep it fed with fuel. It’s Mad Max in all but name, to the point where the developers even refer to players as ‘road warriors’. Here’s a trailer: “Fractured Lands is an experience that epitomises our passion for this genre but also exemplifies both our experience in developing some of the best shooters in the world and our craving for something innovative, intense, and gritty,” Unbroken Studios CEO Paul Ohanian said. “We’ve got so much on the horizon in terms of new content and features, including … [Read more...] about Fractured Lands is the Mad Max-esque battle royale game you didn’t know you wanted
The Astroneer Rover Update is here and brings a brand-new vehicle to the game according to a blog post on the game’s official forums. Astroneer is an early access sandbox game developed and published by System Era Softworks. Players are plopped down onto a planet with a handful of basic supplies to get set up. From there, they can venture out into the world to gather resources, recover strange Artifacts for researching, create new buildings to expand their industrial capabilities, and eventually land on other worlds. Have a look at our preview of the game to see more about what it’s all about. This month’s update comes a few weeks later when compared to the schedule that System Era Softworks has been keeping so far. The previous update introduced redesigned Medium and Large Rovers to the game. The Astroneer Rover Update builds on that with the addition of a Small Rover, new driving controls, and new physics. A trailer for the update highlights some of the … [Read more...] about Burn Rubber In The Astroneer Rover Update