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NASA engineers teach Mars rover Curiosity to drill again

NASA engineers teach Mars rover Curiosity to drill again

Science
May 18 (UPI) -- Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are preparing to add percussion to an improvised drill technique already being used by the Curiosity rover on Mars. Curiosity and its drill haven't had a full range of motion since 2016 when one of the drill's motors short circuited. Over the last year, engineers have developed a workaround drilling technique called Feed Extended Drilling, or FED, which uses the rover's robotic arm to direct and push the drill into the ground as the drill bit spins. In February, Curiosity used the FED technique to once again drill into the Martian surface. The effort failed to yield a rock sample, but it was still a partial success, producing data that allowed scientists to fine-tune the method back in the lab. Now, engineers are preparing to ...
Jaguar Land Rover 'to cut 1,000 jobs'

Jaguar Land Rover 'to cut 1,000 jobs'

Business
Jaguar Land Rover is to shed 1,000 jobs and cut production at two sites, according to reports.The carmaker said it would make an announcement to employees on Monday regarding its production plans for 2018/19.It added: "In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry, we are making some adjustments to our production schedules and the level of agency staff."We are however continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as we over-proportionally invest in new products and technologies."We also remain committed to our UK plants in which we have invested more than £4bn since 2010 to future-proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models."Production will be cut at the Castle Bromwich and Solihull sites, with affected staff based a
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity marks 2,000th day on red planet

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity marks 2,000th day on red planet

Technology
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has now marked 2,000 days on the red planet. That's 2,000 days by Martian standards. A Martian sol, or solar day, is equivalent to 24 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds. So 2,000 days on Mars equal 2,055 days here on Earth. Either way, it's a big milestone this week for scientists eager for Curiosity to begin drilling again, this time into potentially clay-rich rocks on the slopes of Mount Sharp. The six-wheeled rover has traveled 11.6 miles (18.7 kilometers) since its arrival in 2012. The rover Opportunity, though, has Curiosity beat. Last month, NASA's busy Opportunity surpassed its 5,000 day on Mars. It's been exploring Mars since 2004. NASA plans to send another robotic geologist to Mars in May. Named InSight, the lander will stay in one place as a heat-measu...
Horror crash: American Idol and NBA stars dead as Range Rover flips

Horror crash: American Idol and NBA stars dead as Range Rover flips

Entertainment
Leah Labelle, 31, and her husband Rasual Butler, 38, died near Studio City, Los Angeles, yesterday — January 31 — at around 2am local time.Their Range Rover is believed to have hit a parking meter before slamming into a wall and flipping over.Police have said Butler — the driver of the car — was going at least twice the speed limit.Both Leah and Rasual were pronounced dead at the scene.GettyLEAH LABELLE AND RASUAL BUTLER DEAD: The married couple died in a tragic car crashStars we've lost in 2018 Take a look through the gallery of stars we have sadly lost in 2018.Getty Images Glee actor Mark Salling (on the right), 35, passed away of suspected suicide in January 2018 GettyFATAL CRASH: Labelle and Butler were pronounced dead at the sceneLabelle is best known f
NASA's next Mars rover to improve on Curiosity

NASA's next Mars rover to improve on Curiosity

Science
Nov. 28 (UPI) -- NASA's Curiosity rover has been a tremendous success, providing scientists streams of valuable data. But there's always room for improvement, and NASA engineers expect the next rover to improve on Curiosity's technological legacy.At present iteration, the Mars 2020 rover features greater autonomy, seven new instruments and updated wheels.Despite design improvements, the new rover looks a lot like the old rover. And that's because the Mars 2020 rover utilizes much of the same hardware. In fact, so-called "legacy hardware" accounts for 85 percent of the mass of the new six-legged craft."The fact that so much of the hardware has already been designed -- or even already exists -- is a major advantage for this mission," Jim Watzin, director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, s...