See NASAs InSight Mars lander try to squish the soil

first_img Share your voice I’ve pressed down next to the “mole” several times, and it’s hard to make this unusual soil collapse into the pit. Soon, I’ll be out of contact for a couple of weeks during solar conjunction, but my team on Earth will keep working it. Keep sending good vibes! ✨ pic.twitter.com/dbUcnXzYzm— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) August 16, 2019 NASA and DLR, the German Aerospace Center that created the instrument, are trying to collapse the soil around the pit the mole has already created, hoping to give it something to bite into. The mole is meant to burrow as far as 16 feet (5 meters), but it hit the snag at a depth of just 12 inches (30 centimeters).Collapsing the hole and giving the digging instrument more friction might help the cause, but it’s also possible the mole has hit a rock it just can’t get past. The InSight team is still optimistic about finding a solution.  InSight’s insights Sci-Tech Enlarge ImageNASA’s Insight lander took this selfie in late 2018. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s InSight lander has a perplexing problem. The lander’s “mole,” a device that’s designed to burrow deep under the planet’s surface, got stuck pretty quickly after it deployed early in 2019. The heat probe just isn’t digging like it’s supposed to. So InSight is patting the ground in an attempt to unstick it.The InSight team posted a fascinating GIF to Twitter on Friday showing the process. “I’ve pressed down next to the ‘mole’ several times, and it’s hard to make this unusual soil collapse into the pit,” the team wrote.  NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe is designed to detect the planet’s interior temperature. InSight’s mission is focused on taking the planet’s vital signs so we can learn more about how rocky planets like Earth and Mars form. Even if the mole moves no more, InSight will have plenty of other science activities to keep it busy, including the monitoring of marsquakes. The lander will be out of touch for a couple of weeks, but the InSight team will get back to troubleshooting soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the view of a machine pushing soil around on another planet.center_img Tags 0 22 Photos Post a comment NASA InSight hears ‘haunting low rumble’ on Mars NASA InSight lander catches a shadowy eclipse on Mars Mars rovers NASA Spacelast_img read more

Britain suspends training of Myanmar army

first_imgMyanmar soldiers arrive to Buthidaung jetty after Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army`s (ARSA) attacks, at Buthidaung, Myanmar 29 August, 2017. Photo: ReutersBritain has suspended its training programme for military in Myanmar due to the violence in Rakhine state, a British government spokesman said on Tuesday.Human rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.“In light of the ongoing violence in Burma’s Rakhine state, the growing humanitarian crisis it has caused, and our deep concern about the human rights abuses that are taking place, we have decided to suspend the educational courses provided to the Burmese military until there is an acceptable resolution to the current situation,” the spokesman said in a statement.“We call on the Burmese Armed Forces to take immediate steps to stop the violence in Rakhine and ensure the protection of all civilians, to allow full access for humanitarian aid.”last_img

Florence Now A Hurricane Is One Of Many Threats To The Atlantic

first_imgUpdated at 12:45 a.m. ET on MondayA slew of dangerous storms – hurricanes, tropical storms and a typhoon — are on the move and threatening life and property in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.The National Hurricane Center has issued advisories for the Atlantic on Hurricane Florence, and two tropical storms, Helene and Isaac. The NHC has also issued an advisory for the Eastern Pacific on Tropical Storm Paul, and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has issued advisories for Hurricane Olivia, which is moving quickly westward toward Hawaii.According to The Weather Channel, a typhoon named Mangkhut is also intensifying in the western Pacific and is on track to hit Guam, Rota, Saipan and Tinian on Monday. The National Weather Service has issued a warning saying Mangkhut will bring tropical storm force winds between 65 and 100 knots.This many concurrent tropical cyclones is notable, according to NHC scientist Eric Blake. He tweeted on Friday: “Globally, this is a remarkable day. I can’t find another example of a hurricane/typhoon nearing Guam, Hawaii & the eastern United States at almost exactly the same time (days ~ 4,5,6 respectively).”As of the NHC’s advisory issued at 11 p.m. EST Sunday, Hurricane Florence is expected to strengthen to a major hurricane of Category 3 or above by Monday night and is forecast to move over the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is expected to approach the southeastern U.S. coast on Thursday. According to aircraft data, its maximum sustained winds have increased to near 90 mph.North Carolina declared a state of emergency on Friday. North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Knox told NPR that North Carolina residents needed to prepare: “When we put those orders out, when we tell people ‘this is a flood-prone area,’ that you need to find somewhere else to go, don’t roll the dice.”Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Saturday, “… so that we can begin to prepare state assets, and I encourage Virginians to monitor forecasts and make their own preparations now.”South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also declared a state of emergency on Saturday, and South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division urged South Carolina residents to begin preparing their property for Florence’s effects.In a news conference Sunday, McMaster said he had submitted a request to President Trump that a federal emergency declaration be made. “We are asking for authorization in advance to … get reimbursed for expenses, for people, machinery and assets we may need to clean up and fix whatever damage results from what is now a hurricane.”And while he assured South Carolinians that official preparations were well underway, the governor emphasized what he called the “unofficial” part of preparations: citizen preparedness. “Make your plans now,” he said. “Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina.”Dr. Rick Knabb, hurricane expert at The Weather Channel, tells NPR that it’s important not to focus exclusively on the coast when it comes to Florence’s potential impact. “Equally, if not more disastrous potential exists with the slow movement that we expect to see Florence have after reaching the coast,” Knabb says.That’s because Florence will reach areas that have already experienced a lot of rain in recent weeks — and it won’t take much for flash floods to start in these regions.“Urge people to pay attention inland and promise themselves now that they’re not going to drive their car across any water-covered roads or drive their car around any barricaded roads that are closed,” Knabb says. “The majority of inland flood fatalities occur in vehicles.”Helene, currently classified as a tropical storm, is, according to the latest NHS advisory, expected to become a hurricane soon as well. As a result, a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for the Cabo Verde islands of Santiago, Fogo and Brava. Tropical Storm Isaac is also strengthening over the eastern tropical Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane by late Sunday.Hurricane Olivia, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center’s advisory issued at 11 p.m. ET Sunday, is approaching Hawaii with maximum sustained winds of near 80 mph and is expected to remain at hurricane strength through Monday evening. “Some gradual weakening is possible on Tuesday,” the advisory says, “but Olivia will likely remain a threat to the Hawaiian Islands next week.”This news about Hurricane Olivia comes just weeks after Hurricane Lane brought 3-4 feet of rainfall to parts of Hawaii. As NPR’s Bill Chappell reported, the town of Mountain View on the Big Island recorded 51.53 inches of rain as a result of Lane, the third-highest total ever measured from a U.S. storm.Knabb tells NPR that this year has been particularly intense in the eastern and central Pacific. “We’ve already had multiple very intense hurricanes out in the central pacific by Hawaii,” he says. “We’re well into the alphabet. The ‘p’ storm has already formed in the eastern Pacific, and we have a couple months left in the season.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more