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“Travelled 300 Million Miles, Took This Pic”

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The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA’s InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet. The camera’s transparent dust cover is still on in this image, to prevent particulates kicked up during landing from settling on the camera’s lens. This image was relayed from InSight to Earth via NASA’s Odyssey spacecraft, currently orbiting Mars.
InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the “inner space” of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.
The lander uses cutting edge instruments, to delve deep beneath the surface and seek the fingerprints of the processes that formed the terrestrial planets. It does so by measuring the planet’s “vital signs”: its “pulse” (seismology), “temperature” (heat flow), and “reflexes” (precision tracking). [source]
 
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NASA’s InSight Mars lander acquired this image of the area in front of the lander using its lander-mounted, Instrument Context Camera (ICC). This image was acquired on Nov. 26, 2018, Sol 0 of the InSight mission where the local mean solar time for the image exposures was 13:34:21. Each ICC image has a field of view of 124 x 124 degrees.
InSight touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth. It’s mission on Mars is targeted to last two years. While the mission on Mars has just begun, the successful touchdown on the red planet was a huge accomplishment. It marks the eighth time in human history that we have successfully landed on Mars.
 

How Pablo Escobar Single-Handedly Created the Hippo Crisis in Colombia
Tuesday December 11, 2018

  Drug lord Pablo Escobar smuggled four hippos into his own personal zoo during the 1980’s. But wild hippos are usually only native to Africa and their escape after Escobar’s death has left Colombia with an unexpected problem. Due to reproduction, there are now dozens …

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UNS Jalin Kerjasama dengan LPTP
Wednesday December 12, 2018

UNS – Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta menjalin kerjasama dengan Yayasan Lembaga Pengembangan Teknologi Pedesaan (LPTP). Penandatanganan Nota Kesepahaman antara UNS dengan Yayasan LPTP digelar di Ruang Sidang 1 Gedung Rektorat UNS, Selasa (11/12/2018) oleh Rektor UNS, Prof Ravik Karsidi dan Ketua Dewan Pembina Yayasan …

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“We hit the Martian atmosphere at 12,300 mph (19,800 kilometers per hour), and the whole sequence to touching down on the surface took only six-and-a-half minutes,” said InSight project manager Tom Hoffman at JPL. “During that short span of time, InSight had to autonomously perform dozens of operations and do them flawlessly — and by all indications that is exactly what our spacecraft did.”
 
 

Building beyond borders
Tuesday December 11, 2018

By Harun OnderAbout half a decade ago, I visited Lahore, Pakistan to assess the fiscal sustainability of the State of Punjab. During my visit, I witnessed a rather curious phenomenon: electricity went off for exactly three seconds every half hour, every day, every week. This …

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