The Latest News From MSL Curiosity

The Landing of the Mars rover  Curiosity was a monumental moment in Human History. Here’s some of the footage from Curiosity along with the newest images and the latest “voicemail” transmission.

This is the Curiosity Mars Rover descent footage interpolated from ~4 frames per second to 25 frames per second. It is playing back in real time. CHECK IT OUT BELOW and witness a piece of freaking HISTORY.

Curiosity started off the week with two big updates. The first a few stunning new images of the martian landscape and then its first human voice. 

On Monday NASA announced that the words of Charles Bolden, were successfully sent to Mars and radioed back. According to NASA. Bolden said…

“The knowledge we hope to gain from our observation and analysis of Gale Crater will tell us much about the possibility of life on Mars as well as the past and future possibilities for our own planet. Curiosity will bring benefits to Earth and inspire a new generation of scientists and explorers, as it prepares the way for a human mission in the not too distant future,” 
Listen to the “interplanetary voicemail”:

The Curiosity Program Executive Dave Lavery called this “another small step is taken in extending human presence beyond Earth.”

“As Curiosity continues its mission, we hope these words will be an inspiration to someone alive today who will become the first to stand upon the surface of Mars. And like the great Neil Armstrong, they will speak aloud of that next giant leap in human exploration,” Lavery continued in NASA’s announcement.

Curiosity took these new images with its 100-millimeter telephoto lens & its 34-millimeter wide angle lens, showing the Martian landscape.

“This is an area on Mount Sharp where Curiosity will go,” Mastcam Principal Investigator Michael Malin, of Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, said in a statement. “Those layers are our ultimate objective. The dark dune field is between us and those layers. In front of the dark sand you see redder sand, with a different composition suggested by its different color. The rocks in the foreground show diversity — some rounded, some angular, with different histories. This is a very rich geological site to look at and eventually to drive through.”

CNET reports Project Scientist John Grotzinger explains that the layers visible in the photo contain hydrated phyllosilicates and sulfates. Minerals that would have formed in the presence of water.

CNET reports Malin saying the photos give viewers a better idea of the scale of the hills and canyons Curiosity will have to tackle. Although Mount Sharp is only about 10 kilometers from Curiosity now, Malin said it would take the rover 100 days to get there as it will be stopping to conduct science along the way.


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Superman and Wonder Woman officially a Couple

The Upcoming “Justice League #12” scheduled to come out on August 29th, Has two of DC comics’ biggest heroes as an “item”

When DC Comics rebooted its entire line of superhero titles last year, the publisher did away with Superman’s marriage to Lois Lane to pave the way for a new romance. Without further ado, EW can exclusively reveal that Superman’s new partner in love is no mere mortal, but a superhero icon in her own right: None other than Wonder Woman. herself. Their next level relationship begins in the pages of Justice League #12

It was always assumed that Superman and Wonder Woman were banging, but it’s only now that DC Comics has made it official. On August 29th, the company will unveil “Justice League” No 12 which will explore the new relationship of the two superheroes.

Superman and Wonder Woman have flirted with each other for years, even kissing once in a 1989 issue of Action Comics. Those events usually took place in alternate realities, but DC says that the latest issue will be “the new status quo,” implying that the couple will be together or a while and this will impact all the heroes and villains in the DC universe.

“Justice League” No 12 is written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Jim Lee.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly

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R.I.P. Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

We here at Templar Digital are sad to report that U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, who took a giant leap for mankind when he became the first person to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82, his family said on Saturday.

Armstrong was commander of the Apollo 11 mission that made the first manned moon landing on July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Those words endure as one of the best known quotes in the English language.

Man’s First Step on the Moon
The Apollo 11 astronauts’ euphoric moonwalk provided Americans with a sense of achievement in the space race with Cold War foe the Soviet Union and while Washington was engaged in a bloody war with the communists in Vietnam.

Neil Alden Armstrong was 38 years old at the time and even though he had fulfilled one of mankind’s age-old quests that placed him at the pinnacle of human achievement, he did not revel in his accomplishment. He even seemed frustrated by the acclaim it brought.

He once was asked how he felt knowing his footprints would likely stay on the moon’s surface for thousands of years. “I kind of hope that somebody goes up there one of these days and cleans them up,” he said.

Armstrong underwent surgery on August 7, 2012, to relieve blocked coronary arteries. He died on August 25, in Cincinnati, Ohio, following complications resulting from these cardiovascular procedures. Hours later, President Barack Obama released a statement on Armstrong’s death describing him as “among the greatest of American heroes – not just of his time, but of all time.” According to a statement released by the White House, Obama added that he, along with the Apollo 11 crew, carried the aspirations of the United States’ citizens and that Armstrong had delivered “a moment of human achievement that will never be forgotten.”

Armstrong’s family also released a statement that read “[he was a] reluctant American hero [and had] served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.”

His colleague on the Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin, commented that he was “very saddened to learn of the passing. I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning the passing of a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew.” Command module pilot Michael Collins said simply, “He was the best, and I will miss him terribly.” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said that Armstrong will be “remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own.”

Armstrong’s family statement made the tribute “For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.” This prompted many responses including the Twitter hashtag “#WinkAtTheMoon”

We at Templar Digital are deeply sadden of the loss of a Great Man who changed Humanity forever and will be deeply missed. Our deepest condolences to Armstrong’s Family as they go through this process.


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