Saturday, February 20, 2021

Space (part 5) - Perseverance

 


Perseverance!

Its definition according to Merriam-Webster:

continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering : STEADFASTNESS

These qualities capture the essence of the latest NASA mission to Mars.  Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of the agency's Science Mission Directorate, explained:

"Yes, it's curiosity that pulls us out there, but it's perseverance that does not let us give up." 

Perseverance was chosen from its naming contest for students K-12.  The winning essay was written by seventh grader Alex Mather. For the full story:  What's in a name: Why NASA chose 'Perseverance' for its next Mars rover

And for an overview of this latest mission: Mars Perseverance Mission Overview

Perseverance was launched, July 30, 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, another testament to its name:



February 18, 2021, Perseverance successfully landed on Mars, a shown in this animation:


Yea!

Modern marvels of technology recorded the actual landing:




And what a magnificent view!

Check out Mastcam-Z's First 360-Degree Panorama:



Thus Perseverance joins her four sister rovers: Sojourner, Spirit and Opportunity,  and Curiosity.

Reference: The Mars Rovers


So the Maritain Chronicles continue as we persevere!


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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Space (part 4) - Mooned in 2021

 


With 2020 hindsight, what will 2021 bring?

Leave it to astronomy to predict all the phrases we will be going through:



( reference: https://youtu.be/8XV2-pmiyAg )

We've been mooned!

How nice.

Here's to 2022!

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Photo: wikipedia.com/moon phases