“Never trust a person who isn’t having at least one crisis.”
— Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 – 3pm, Feb. 13, 1962, Bolivia)
Ingenuity Helicopter Takes off and Lands safely – First Flight Successful
Apr 19, 2021
NASA released images of Ingenuity Helicopter’s first flight. The even took place as scheduled and it was successful. Ingenuity spun at 2500 RPM and took off successfully and landed on the same place safely. The first flight even was successful. More images inside – Image Credit – NASA / JPL CALTECH Image Source – mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multim…mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multim…
First Flight of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: Live from Mission Control
Streamed live 6 hours ago
#MarsHelicopter is set to make history. It will make the first attempt at powered flight on another planet on Monday, April 19. Don’t miss your chance to watch live with helicopter team in mission control beginning at 6:15 a.m. EDT (10:15 a.m. UTC) as they receive the data and find out if they were successful.
Don Quixote and Sancho Panza (Don Quichotte et Sancho Pança), Pablo Picasso, c. 1937, MoMA: Drawings and Prints
Gift of Virginia H. and Frederick B. Deknatel
Size: plate: 13 9/16 × 9 9/16″ (34.5 × 24.3 cm); sheet: 17 5/16 × 13 1/2″ (44 × 34.3 cm)
Seeing her handwriting makes me tear up. With the media circus and mishandling of this case I think that so many people almost forget about Jonbenet in the center as more than just a case. She was a sweet little 6 year old- a baby, really. Her drawings and writing remind everybody what an innocent, little child she was despite all of the makeup and dresses she was often made up in.
Me, too. God. A beautiful, wonderful, innocent child was abused all her life by two of the sickest shits ever born. She was then killed and her body hidden in the basement. Profoundly disgusting. Just give me a few minutes with them to send them straight to Hell.
Sol 53: Tight view on rocks immediately in front of Perseverance
This mosaic consists of 10 images taken earlier today by the left Mastcam-Z camera and focuses on a few of the rocks immediately in front of Perseverance in the area accessible to its robotic arm. The amount of detail visible in the rocks is pretty amazing to look at! For context, check out yesterday’s mosaic image showing the wider area in front of the rover:
As a bonus, see if you can find the area of this SuperCam image taken a few hours beforehand! Full disclosure, I have not found it nor do I have any idea if it the area of this image actually appears in the mosaic:
Mars Perseverance Sol 53: Left Mastcam-Z Camera
NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image mosaic using its Left Mastcam-Z camera. Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover’s mast.
This image mosaic was acquired on Apr. 14, 2021 (Sol 53) around the local mean solar time of 14:00.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU
IIRC Lake Moeris had a couple of Colossi built by Amenhotep III that were present up to the 18th century CE and have since disappeared. Archeologists in the 1930s found the two large platforms that they once stood upon.
Herodotus probably saw the Colossi and exaggerated their size due to part of the platforms being submerged and his imagination running wild.
Two of Amenhoteps III’s Colossi, he built quite a few of them, still exist in Luxor so you can see what they could have looked like:
People who hate Herodotus are just so freaking annoying. Then again, most Egyptologists are either sheep or jackasses, IMHO.
West of the Nile River near Luxor the Colossi of Memnon have been reported to sing at sunrise and sunset according to Strabo, Pliny, Pausanias, Tacitus, Philostratus and Juvenal
Mars Perseverance Sol 52:
Left Navigation Camera (Navcam) NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Left Navigation Camera (Navcam). The camera is located high on the rover’s mast and aids in driving. This image was acquired on Apr. 13, 2021 (Sol 52) at the local mean solar time of 13:13:31
Mars Perseverance Sol 52: Left Navigation Camera (Navcam)
Credit to ‘MahFL’ over on UMSF who spotted and reported this candidate dust devil.
NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Left Navigation Camera (Navcam).
The camera is located high on the rover’s mast and aids in driving.
This image was acquired on Apr. 13, 2021 (Sol 52) at the local mean solar time of 14:35:33.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Ingenuity SOL 52 Updates – Flight delayed further – Perseverance Spots Dust Devil near Airfield
Apr 13, 2021
NASA has release new images for SOL 52, April 13th 2021. The Ingenuity team has further delayed the flight to a future unknown date as Ingenuity needs a crucial software update and installation. The Team is confident of the achieving the key milestones and the helicopter is still safe and healthy. Meanwhile Perseverance Spots a Dust Devil near the Airfield, will it be a concern for the small ingenuity waiting during its wait for the installation ? Meanwhile perseverance continued with its scientific experiments using its robotic arm.
Image credits – NASA / JPL / CALTECH
Image Source – mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multim…
“Our best estimate of a targeted flight date is fluid right now, but we are working toward achieving these milestones and will set a flight date next week.”
The Ingenuity team has identified a software solution for the command sequence issue identified on Sol 49 (April 9) during a planned high-speed spin-up test of the helicopter’s rotors. Over the weekend, the team considered and tested multiple potential solutions to this issue, concluding that minor modification and reinstallation of Ingenuity’s flight control software is the most robust path forward. This software update will modify the process by which the two flight controllers boot up, allowing the hardware and software to safely transition to the flight state. Modifications to the flight software are being independently reviewed and validated today and tomorrow in testbeds at JPL.
While the development of the new software change is straightforward, the process of validating it and completing its uplink to Ingenuity will take some time. A detailed timeline for rescheduling the high-speed spin-up test and first flight is still in process. The process of updating Ingenuity’s flight control software will follow established processes for validation with careful and deliberate steps to move the new software through the rover to the base station and then to the helicopter. Intermediate milestones include:
• Diagnose the issue and develop potential solutions
• Develop/validate and upload software
• Load flight software onto flight controllers
• Boot Ingenuity on new flight software
Once we have passed these milestones, we will prepare Ingenuity for its first flight, which will take several sols, or Mars days. Our best estimate of a targeted flight date is fluid right now, but we are working toward achieving these milestones and will set a flight date next week. We are confident in the team’s ability to work through this challenge and prepare for Ingenuity’s historic first controlled powered flight on another planet.
Ingenuity continues to be healthy on the surface on Mars. Critical functions such as power, communications, and thermal control are stable. It is not unexpected for a technology demonstration like this to encounter challenges that need to be worked in real time. The high-risk, high-reward approach we have taken to the first powered, controlled flight on another planet allows us to push the performance envelope in ways we could not with a mission designed to last for years such as Perseverance. In the meantime, while the Ingenuity team does its work, Perseverance will continue to do science with its suite of instruments and is gearing up for a test of the MOXIE technology demonstration.
Very nice =]
In 1888, a strange black cloud covered the entire English county of Oxfordshire, making all the sheep in the area go completely mad. Exactly five years later, it happened again. The exact nature of both events remains unexplained…
The Great Sheep Panic of 1888
Mar 26, 2021
On the night of November 3rd, 1888, the sheep in England went mad… This video took me the most time to research yet -I will be super happy if you help me share it and give me feedback in the comment section – any feedback is extremely helpful! Also, follow me on Twitter – once I hit 100 subscribers, I plan to start posting there regularly: twitter.com/DisInfluence
Although these incidents are not technically Dark Days, because they only lasted an hour, Dark Days are one of my favorite phenomena.
In any event, I do npt recall ever hearing about this double whammy for some reason. They are incredibly rare and it is so hard to find them or any information or even mentions.
Was the cloud alive?
Ginny flies on April 12 at 7:30 a.m. UTC (3:30 a.m. EDT)
Dance at Bougival, 1883, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Ingenuity Spins its blade for the first time | Perseverance moves away from Ingenuity | SOL 47, April 8th’ 2021
Ingenuity Spins its blade for the first time | Perseverance moves away from Ingenuity | SOL 47
Apr 8, 2021
NASA released new interesting images of Ingenuity Helicopter. Ingenuity has spun its blade for the first time as a testing formality. Perseverance moves away from Ingenuity as planned as a safety measure. The count down begins for the historical first flight on martian soil. Image Credits – NASA /JPL-CALTECH https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multim…
Percy has driven away from Ginny [sol 47]
Looks like the drive took Perseverance to the Southeast, but at this stage I do not think it reached the full distance to the ‘look out point’…
More details will be added as I get the drive details which have not been issued yet by JPL
Raw image, hence the green hue…
Keep Calm, I’ll Be Watching Over You Little Buddy
A roughly processed version of the Sol 46 Selfie, there will be many different versions in the coming days… 🙂
Edit, I forgot to add the credit line: Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
I thought this was a rendering at first glance, brilliant photo!
59 frames + 2 looking at the camera so images processors had a choice which pose to use, but I felt this one worked for me, I cropped away over 10 frames as they were distorted by correcting the horizon, but I think it gets the story across
Rafael Navarro Mountain [See comments for details]
Rafael Navarro Mountain
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used its Mastcam to take an image of this hill, nicknamed “Rafael Navarro Mountain” after Rafael Navarro-González, an astrobiologist who worked on the mission until he passed away January 26, 2021. He was a member of the team working with Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ PIA24544
Curiosity performs check-up on wheels with MAHLI (Mars Hand Lens Imager)
Over the weekend while everyone was distracted by the excited news from Curiosity’s younger siblings (myself included!), Curiosity performed a fairly extensive check-up on 4 of its 6 wheels using the MAHLI instrument. Each of the 4 wheels were photographed 4 times, each time rolling the wheel a bit to image the entire wheel. 2 of the wheels photographed have extensive damage while the other two only have dents and a few small punctures.
You can view all 16 images at the raw image site, filtered for MAHLI images taken on Sol 3079 or if you prefer in an imgur gallery here.
Sol 3079: Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI)
This image was taken by MAHLI onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 3079 (2021-04-04T18:45:28.000Z)
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Abarth SE 037
Lancia 037 Prototype, 1980. The first version of the 037 which was originally produced and owned by Abarth, is to be offered at auction. The car underwent testing both in the wind tunnel and on track and was used as a reconnaissance vehicle in the Acropolis Rally. The car has subsequently been restored to original condition including the mid-mounted, supercharged 1995cc in its original prototype specification
Love this car.
Symmetry Watercolor 70 Butterfly, 1948, M.C. Escher
Making it through the frigid Martian temperatures after being deployed by NASA’s Perseverance rover is a major milestone for the small rotorcraft.
NASA’s Mars Helicopter Survives First Cold Martian Night on Its Own
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has emerged from its first night on the surface of Mars.
Evening temperatures at Jezero Crater can plunge as low as minus 130 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 90 degrees Celsius), which can freeze and crack unprotected electrical components and damage the onboard batteries required for flight. Surviving that first night after being deployed from where it was attached to the belly of NASA’s Perseverance rover on April 3 is a major milestone for the 4-pound (1.8 kilograms) rotorcraft. In the days to come, Ingenuity will be the first aircraft to attempt powered, controlled flight on another planet.
“This is the first time that Ingenuity has been on its own on the surface of Mars,” said MiMi Aung, Ingenuity project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. “But we now have confirmation that we have the right insulation, the right heaters, and enough energy in its battery to survive the cold night, which is a big win for the team. We’re excited to continue to prepare Ingenuity for its first flight test.”
Devising a craft small enough to fit onto the rover, light enough to fly in Mars’ thin atmosphere, yet hardy enough to withstand the Martian cold presented significant challenges. To ensure the solar array atop the helicopter’s rotors could begin getting sunlight as soon as possible, Perseverance was instructed to move away from Ingenuity shortly after deploying it.
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Sol 44: The rover has turned in place and imaged the helicopter with it mast mounted Navcam.
Right Navigation Camera (cropped)
Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard Right Navigation Camera (Navcam).
The camera is located high on the rover’s mast and aids in driving.
This image was acquired on Apr. 5, 2021 (Sol 44) at the local mean solar time of 14:02:08.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Utsuro-Bune A Japanese Legend From 1803
I remember seeing this case many years ago. There wasn’t much info and it faded quickly. I think it’s pretty neat. That’s a good size box, too, eh. It would be interesting to see if there were any follow up tales.
Gravity Waves over Mont Mercou
ETA: Fixed the video. Sorry about that! some glitch in the conversion, or dropped something in the upload. IDK
Also, sorry about the frequent downtime. Site’s too big, image-wise, eh. Especially the postmeta table. Lawd. Workin’ on it.
Update for Sols 3076-3077: Dancing Around ‘Mont Mercou’ (details & links in the comments)
Curiosity Rover Mission Update for Sols 3076-3077:
Dancing Around ‘Mont Mercou’
Written by Mark Salvatore, Planetary Geologist at University of Michigan
March 31, 2021.
Curiosity is continuing her investigation of “Mont Mercou,” the tall outcrop of bedded sedimentary rock seen in the attached image. The science team has been navigating around the base of the cliff after having successfully drilled into the “Nontron” bedrock target last week. By imaging the cliff at different viewing geometries, we are able to change both position and illumination conditions, helping us to fully map the observed structures and properties of these sedimentary rocks.
In this plan, the team has identified a nodular bedrock target to characterize using the APXS instrument on the rover’s arm, which will provide information about the chemical make-up of this bedrock material. Curiosity will also be acquiring many images using both the ChemCam and Mastcam instruments, as we are now on the eastern side of the cliff face. Following these observations, Curiosity will then navigate to the western side of the cliff face to perform a similar suite of imaging observations.
As has been mentioned in previous posts, these sorts of rock outcrops, where we can see bedding from multiple angles, are a treasure for geologists as we try to unravel the ancient environmental conditions that were once present in Gale crater. The team is cognizant of the value of this outcrop, and so we are making sure to acquire all of the observations that we need before driving away from this location.
“Mont Mercou” as seen by the Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 3074. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.
These blog updates are provided by self-selected Mars Science Laboratory mission team members who love to share what Curiosity is doing with the public.
Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.
Recent drive details (uncalibrated):-
Sol: 3074 (March 31. 2021 – not yet available)
Sol: 3072 (March 29, 2021)
Distance (point-to-point): ~4 meters ~13 feet)
Landing Elevation: -4500.998 meters
Drive Start Elevation: -4072.909 meters
Drive Finish Elevation: -4072.393 meters
Elevation change 0.52 meters (9 feet)
Pointing (yaw): 22.22° (0° = North)
Planetocentric longitude: 137.41253°
Planetocentric latitude: -4.73545°
Site Index: 87
Drive index: 834
Total distance: 24.89 km (15.47 miles)
Total climb: 428.6 meters (1,406 feet)
Map Quadrangle: Nontron
Target names (theme): French places.
Map archive: https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/map-archive/
Update archive: https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/mission-updates/
Quadrangles names: https://imgur.com/a/5v22tzK
Destination Mount Sharp: https://youtu.be/T1SL0NnXRW0
Fly down Gale: https://youtu.be/bMdE9t5aSaM
Raw Images: https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw-images/
Key Science Papers: https://mars.nasa.gov/internal_resources/840/
Map credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UofA/USGS & F.Nogal
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Another full zoom frame while we wait for some sol 40 images.
Mars Perseverance Sol 38: Right Mastcam-Z Camera
NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its Right Mastcam-Z camera.
Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover’s mast.
This image was acquired on Mar. 30, 2021 (Sol 38) at the local mean solar time of 16:19:56.
Processed and cropped from the original
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU