A mystery rock which seemed to appear out of nowhere on Mars last month stirred up much speculation among alien enthusiasts, but it appears the mystery is solved. The answer is more simple than sci-fi.
That martian "jelly doughnut" rock that shook a solar system when it appeared before the Mars rover Opportunity in a spot where days before there had just been dirt? It's going to court... kind of.
Self-described astrobiologist and author Rhawn Joseph (one of his writings is titled "Biological UFOs. Evidence for Extraterrestrial Extremophiles. Life in Space") is asking a federal judge to force NASA to more closely examine the rock that suddenly appeared on Mars rover Opportunity's field of vision earlier this month because, well... it's clearly alive.… Read more
Mars is full of surprises, like misinterpreted photographs of Elvis' face in a rock formation and the discovery of conditions that may have been suited to ancient life on the planet.
Now the Opportunity rover has stumbled on something else weird: a rock shaped like a jelly doughnut. This might not be strange in itself, except that the rock just sort of popped up. It wasn't there and then it was.… Read more
The plucky little Mars rover Opportunity has proven itself to be the Marco Polo of space. This extraterrestrial robot has set the new record for miles explored by a NASA vehicle in a world other than Earth, according to NASA.
On its 3,309th Martian day on the planet, Opportunity drove 263 feet along the western rim of the Endeavour Crater and broke records by putting its total distance traveled on Mars at 22.22 miles.
The previous record was set 40 years ago by Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt when they visited the moon for a … Read more
If you're serious about applying for new jobs, the process can get overwhelming pretty quickly; all those resumes, cover letters, phone calls, e-mails, and interviews can be hard to keep track of. Job Opportunities Recordkeeping Express Edition promises to simplify this process by enabling you to create a database that tracks your job-seeking activity. Unfortunately, the program's limited functionality doesn't make it much more useful than a good old-fashioned spreadsheet.
The program is part of a suite of so-called data-tracking apps, and you get all of them whether you want them or not; there's a list … Read more
It keeps going and going.
NASA's Opportunity rover has logged a total of more than 30 kilometers (18.64 miles) of travel on Mars since 2004, thanks to a recent drive of 482 feet (146.8 meters) that put it past the 30 km milestone.
In a report, NASA noted the distance is "50 times the distance originally planned for the mission and more than 12 times the distance racehorses will run next week at the Belmont Stakes."
If you are a value-added reseller or systems integrator today--a member of the so-called "channel"--you are keenly aware of the new reality that cloud computing is bringing to bear. In cloud, your traditional technology suppliers are now interfacing directly with the customer, and the channel's "value add" of customer relationship management, technology delivery, and solutions development is being seriously threatened.
Or at least so it seems on the surface. Thomas Bittman, a vice president and distinguished analyst covering cloud computing at Gartner, wrote a post recently that I thought summed up the reality facing … Read more
The Spirit rover, currently out of commission on the surface of Mars, could be awakened in the coming weeks.
Speaking to Space.com, John Callas, NASA's head of the Mars rover program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said that the "increasing" sunlight on the Mars surface is giving him and his team some hope that it can put the solar-powered Spirit rover back on the job.
"As long as [sunlight is increasing], we will do all we can to increase the chances of hearing from the rover again," Callas told the publication.
However, Callas acknowledged … Read more
Frat parties and free music have been among the perks of attending college in the United States during the past decade. But now the days of using fat campus bandwidth to download movies and music via file-sharing networks appear to be coming to an end.
Thursday is the deadline for colleges and universities that receive Title IV federal aid to have implemented antipiracy procedures on their campuses as part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.
HEOA, which was backed by the movie and music industries, addresses a lot of different facets of higher education, but tucked in … Read more
NASA's rover Opportunity is getting smarter through software.
Celebrating its seventh year investigating the surface of the Red Planet, Opportunity is now able to make its own choices about which rocks it should investigate further and which ones it should leave alone, according to a NASA report on Tuesday.
Thanks to a new software upload, Opportunity's computer can analyze the photos taken with its wide-angle camera and isolate rocks that meet specific criteria. It can then determine whether specific rocks are worthy of close-up shots through its narrow-angle, color-filtered camera.
The new software called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering … Read more