source Wikipedia NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover was built to last just 90 Martian sols, or 92 Earth days. But the scrappy machine shocked engineers by lasting far longer than that. The rover is now celebrating 15 years since it first launched from Earth. Opportunity set off for Mars in the dark of night on July 7, 2003. Engineers at NASA never expected the solar-powered machine to weather a Martian winter, but the golf-cart-sized rover has traveled more than 28 miles on the red planet since it landed there on January 25, 2004. Today, the teenager is undergoing one of its toughest tests to date: a global dust storm is covering Mars, making it tough for the rover to capture much-needed solar power, so it has gone into safe mode. In other words, Opportunity is celebrating its record-breaking tenure on the red planet with a nap. NASA plans to try to reconnect with the rover once the storm passes, but on July 3 the space agency reported that it was “still … [Read more...] about NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover is celebrating its 15th birthday with a nap because of a giant dust storm. Look back at its unlikely journey.
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caption One of the Longjiang microsatellites that China launched toward the moon in May 2018. source Harbin Institute of Technology In May, China launched two small microsatellites, called Longjiang-1 and Longjiang-2, into orbit around the moon. One of the spacecraft took a stunning photo of Earth and the moon using a Saudi Arabian camera system. The microsatellites were part of a mission to launch a lunar relay satellite called Queqiao, which China will use to communicate with a rover that may be the first to explore the moon’s far side. As a Chinese microsatellite called Longjiang-2 slipped into orbit around the moon last month, the spacecraft looked back at Earth and snapped its first test photos. One of those images shows our blue-marble planet hanging in the void of space beyond the moon. The images were taken on May 28 using an on-board … [Read more...] about A Chinese moon satellite took an incredible picture of Earth that will make you feel tiny
caption Such a great looking ride. source Matthew DeBord/BI A few years ago, we enjoyed the then-all-new Jaguar F-PACE SUV so much that we named it a BI Car of the Year runner-up. We recently had a chance to sample the 2018 F-PACE 30t Portfolio LE, which is a less expensive version with a smaller engine. The Jaguar F-PACE 30t we tested prices at $63,000. It can go from 0-60 mph in under six seconds and has a turbocharged four-banger that cranks out 296 horsepower. The 30t goes up against the BMW X3, the Mercedes GLC, Audi’s Q5, and the Range Rover Evoque. In its segment, the F-PACE really stands out. The F-PACE is the first-ever SUV from Jaguar. We got our first taste of this new big cat in 2016, and we were so smitten that we name the F-PACE a runner-up for Business Insider Car of the Year. Enter 2018 and another crack at a slightly … [Read more...] about I drove a $63,000 Jaguar F-PACE SUV to see how it compares to the $72,000 original — here’s the verdict
caption Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth at the 2018 New York Auto Show with the Range Rover Velar. source Jaguar Land Rover These days, Jaguar Land Rover is a truly global car company. The venerable British automaker, now a part of India’s TATA Group, builds cars on three continents while doing business in 166 countries. Leading the charge for Jaguar Land Rover is the company’s CEO, Ralf Speth. The affable German ascended to the top job in 2010 after several decades in the car business with BMW and Ford’s now-defunct Premier division. Speth sat down with Business Insider at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Our conversation touched upon a variety of topics ranging from global trade to JLR’s ambitious plans for electric mobility. The Jaguar I-PACE is unique The big news from JLR is the debut of its first electric car: the all-new Jaguar I-PACE crossover SUV. Even though the stylish EV has been commonly compared to the latest … [Read more...] about Jaguar Land Rover CEO: Trade war would be ‘the worst for society’
The Audi-only car rental service Silvercar is adding the brand’s Q5 SUV to its fleet. Previously, the service only offered Audi A4 sedans. The company plans to expand to five new locations in 2018, including San Diego, Washington, DC, and Salt Lake City. Silvercar, the Audi-only car rental service acquired by Audi in 2017, is adding the brand’s Q5 SUV to its fleet. Previously, the service only offered A4 sedans, but it decided to add the SUV, which received a 2018 Best Auto Tech Award from Kelley Blue Book, because of requests from its users.“We definitely heard them ask for a larger vehicle over time, and so we decided to listen,” Silvercar president and COO Chris Donus told Business Insider in a phone interview.Donus divided Silvercar’s users into two camps: business and leisure travelers, and while an SUV might be a more obvious fit for families who need to transport equipment for … [Read more...] about Audi’s luxury car-rental service is making a big change that customers will love