In the background: Ilyushin Il-76T, Il-68, Tupolev Tu-154 and Antonov An-12.
And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Ben and Jerry's get political with their ice cream, and provide conservative wags with the perfect raw material for mockery
The company's announcement, made without any self awareness, apparently: "Today we launch Pecan Resist! This flavor supports groups creating a more just and equitable nation for us all, and who are fighting President Trump’s regressive agenda."
Here's their tub swathed in political correctness
It's like she's asking you to "resist" buying that fattening, overpriced ice cream!
The mockery was immediate,
And only accelerated from there...
This is a good decision. Never abandon the little rover!
After a review of the progress of the listening campaign, NASA will continue its current strategy for attempting to make contact with the Opportunity rover for the foreseeable future. Winds could increase in the next few months at Opportunity's location on Mars, resulting in dust being blown off the rover's solar panels. The agency will reassess the situation in the January 2019 time frame.
Monday, October 29, 2018
This snake looks like a dragon in a pile of gold. Smaug!
Sunday, October 28, 2018
The last dust storm on Mars may have killed the Opportunity Rover
NASA expects to soon end efforts to contact the Opportunity Mars rover, silent for more than four months after a major dust storm, but will continue to listen for signals from the spacecraft for months to come.
Opportunity, which has been on Mars since January 2004, last contacted Earth June 10. A powerful globe-spanning dust storm blocked the sun and deprived the rover of solar power, putting it into a low-power mode.
On Sept. 11, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said that the optical depth, a measure of the haziness of Martian skies, had dropped to a level low enough to allow enough sunlight to reach the rover for it to generate power. At that point, controllers started an effort known as “active listening” where they transmitted commands to the rover in the event it was unable to revive itself and listened for any transmissions by the rover in response.
After more than a month, Opportunity has not responded to those commands, and that active listening effort will soon end. “We intend to keep pinging Opportunity on a daily basis for at least another week or two,” said Lori Glaze, acting director of NASA’s planetary science division.
While the dust storm moderated temperatures, the return of clear skies means sharp drops in temperature each night. “The batteries may be getting too cold, and that may be too much for the little rover.
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