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Mars Rover to Go Down Fighting

January 4, 2010 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Robots

Mars Rover to Go Down Fighting

One of the US’ Mars Exploration Rovers is literally in a quagmire, scheduled for an eventual demise when it loses power. But it’s going down fighting, flashing a big middle finger to the robotic equivalent of death.

Five Mars rovers have been sent to… Mars. While the two launched by the Soviets (Mars 2 and 3) crashed, the next three launched by the US decades later all landed and explored the surface of the red planet successfully.
The first, the Mars Pathfinder, stopped reporting back to earth nearly three months after its July 4, 1997 landing. The newer duet of Mars Exploration …read more

Experimental Underwear Finishes Month-Long Wear Test

August 3, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Wearables

Experimental Underwear Finishes Month-Long Wear Test

So your a Japanese company working on the J-Wear, underwear that’s “designed to be anti-bacterial, odor free, flame retardant, static free and water resistant”. How do you test it? Get a Japanese astronaut to try it out on the International Space Station for a month!
oichi Wakata took a big step for mankind, probably breaking the record for consecutive days faced with the same underwear. Last we heard, Wakata is back from space, and his month-old apparel is now undergoing serious testing by (of course Japanese) scientists to determine its effective.
It’s honestly hard imagining for a pair of groin covers to …read more

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