Opportunity did not answer NASA’s final call, and it’s now gone to us

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I’ll find you in the morning sun And when the night is new I’ll be looking at the moon But I’ll be seeing you

Opportunity landed on Mars more than 15 Earth years ago, on January 25, 2004. So much time has passed since then. Facebook would not be created until a month later. YouTube would not get its first video upload for more than a year. George W. Bush was still in his first presidency. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft had not yet even arrived in the Saturn system.

But Opportunity kept on keeping on amidst the harsh terrain. It roved a staggering 45.16 kilometers across the red planet, a distance unmatched by any rover on the Moon or Mars. In 2016, as it climbed a hill,’Opportunity’s tilt reached 32 degrees, the steepest ever for any rover on Mars.

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Quite a lot has been going on:

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Logs 15th Year in Silence, Team Begins ‘Hail Mary’ Efforts

As a string of dust storms moved through Meridiani Planum and over Endeavour Crater in January, Opportunity silently wrapped her fifteenth year on the surface of Mars. While the storms raised enough dust to turn the skies noticeably hazy all around the planet, they also raised hope that Mars might gift the veteran robot field geologist with gusts that would finally clear the ‘bot’s solar arrays and enable her to recharge, wake-up, and phone home.’

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But at month’s end, the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) team’and colleagues at the Deep Space Network (DSN) neither saw nor heard any sign of the legendary robot. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where all of NASA’s Red Planet explorers have been born, Opportunity’s 15th’anniversary came’and went quietly in the halls of MER.’

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Vikings: a fan plea for season 6

When I started reviewing Vikings a few years ago, I did so mostly to share my surprise. I, like others, had stayed away from this History Channel show because, well, being on the same channel as Storage Wars, Ice Truckers, and every Hitler quasi-documentary known to man, I assumed it was going to be a testosterone-fuelled mess. But eventually I tuned in because a friend told me to check it out and, you know, Vikings’

And what I found, to my delight and amazement, was something very different and altogether better than either the marketing or the context had suggested.

And so I spent the next two seasons writing about what the show actually was: a family drama written on an epic scale. Ragnar Lothbrok may be one of the most legendary Viking warriors and leaders to have lived, but in writer/creator Michael Hirst’s Vikings, he is also a complicated man: a farmer, a devoted father and husband, a fighter, and someone with a dream and the ambition to look beyond the way his community has lived for decades, if not centuries. He wrestles both with common frailties and heroic hubris, and the fate of his people often hangs in the balance.

6-Banner Sunday: Hoosiers have quality wins, now they need quantity

Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Sunday, a joint production between The Assembly Call and Inside the Hall where we highlight the six most essential IU basketball stories of the past week.

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On the heels of a potentially season-defining win at Michigan State, the Hoosiers dropped a tough game to Iowa at home on Thursday as they failed to execute what they needed to when it mattered.

Indiana had its chances against the Hawkeyes, and had any number of decisive factors gone their way the Hoosiers might have escaped with a win. It’s just as notable, however, that few, if any, of those things did swing in IU’s direction.

  • Publisher: Inside the Hall | Indiana Hoosiers Basketball News, Recruiting and Analysis
  • Date: 2019-02-10T12:50:56+00:00
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