NASA on Monday released the first high-quality video of a spacecraft landing on Mars, a three-minute trailer showing the enormous orange and white parachute hurtling open and the red dust kicking up as rocket engines lowered the rover to the surface.
The footage was so good — and the images so breathtaking — that members of the rover team said they felt like they were riding along.
“It gives me goose bumps every time I see it, just amazing,” said Dave Gruel, head of the entry and descent camera team.
The Perseverance rover landed last Thursday near an ancient river delta in Jezero Crater to search for signs of ancient microscopic life. After spending the weekend binge-watching the descent and landing video, the team at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, shared the video at a news conference.
“These videos and these images are the stuff of our dreams," said Al Chen, who was in charge of the landing team.
This composite image made available by NASA, produced from photos captured Feb. 20, 2021 by the Perseverance Mars rover, shows the surface of Mars. It landed on Thursday, Feb. 18. (NASA/AP)
Six off-the-shelf color cameras were devoted to entry, descent and landing, looking up and down from different perspectives. All but one camera worked. The lone microphone turned on for landing failed, but NASA got some snippets of sound after touchdown: the whirring of the rover’s systems and wind gusts.
Flight controllers were thrilled with the thousands of images beamed back — and also with the remarkably good condition of NASA's biggest and most capable rover yet. It will spend the next two years exploring the dry river delta and drilling into rocks that may hold evidence of life 3 billion to 4 billion years ago. The core samples will be set aside for return to Earth in a decade.
NASA added 25 cameras to the $3 billion mission — the most ever sent to Mars. The space agency's previous rover, 2012's Curiosity, managed only jerky, grainy stop-motion images, mostly of terrain. Curiosity is still working. So is NASA's InSight lander, although it's hampered by dusty solar panels.
They may have company in late spring, when China attempts to land its own rover, which went into orbit around Mars two weeks ago.
Deputy project manager Matt Wallace said he was inspired several years ago to film Perseverance's harrowing descent when his young gymnast daughter wore a camera while performing a backflip.
Some of the spacecraft systems — like the sky crane used to lower the rover onto the Martian surface — could not be tested on Earth.
“So this is the first time we’ve had a chance as engineers to actually see what we designed,” Wallace told reporters.
Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s science mission chief, said the video and also the panoramic views following touchdown “are the closest you can get to landing on Mars without putting on a pressure suit.”\
The images will help NASA prepare for astronaut flights to Mars in the decades ahead, according to the engineers.
There's a more immediate benefit.
“I know it's been a tough year for everybody,” said imaging scientist Justin Maki, “and we're hoping that maybe these images will help brighten people's days.”
After beating bone cancer, Hayley Arceneaux figures rocketing into orbit on SpaceX’s first private flight should be a piece of cosmic cake.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital announced Monday that the 29-year-old physician assistant — a former patient hired last spring — will launch later this year alongside a billionaire who’s using his purchased spaceflight as a charitable fundraiser.
Arceneaux will become the youngest American in space — beating NASA record-holder Sally Ride by over two years — when she blasts off this fall with entrepreneur Jared Isaacman and two yet-to-be-chosen contest winners.
She’ll also be the first to launch with a prosthesis. When she was 10, she had surgery at St. Jude to replace her knee and get a titanium rod in her left thigh bone. She still limps and suffers occasional leg pain, but has been cleared for flight by SpaceX. She’ll serve as the crew’s medical officer.
“My battle with cancer really prepared me for space travel,” Arceneaux said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It made me tough, and then also I think it really taught me to expect the unexpected and go along for the ride.”
She wants to show her young patients and other cancer survivors that “the sky is not even the limit anymore.”
“It’s going to mean so much to these kids to see a survivor in space,” she said.
Isaacman announced his space mission Feb. 1, pledging to raise $200 million for St. Jude, half of that his own contribution. As the flight’s self-appointed commander, he offered one of the four SpaceX Dragon capsule seats to St. Jude.
Without alerting the staff, St. Jude chose Arceneaux from among the “scores” of hospital and fundraising employees who had once been patients and could represent the next generation, said Rick Shadyac, president of St. Jude’s fundraising organization.
Arceneaux was at home in Memphis, Tennessee, when she got the “out of the blue” call in January asking if she’d represent St. Jude in space.
Her immediate response: “Yes! Yes! Please!” But first she wanted to run it past her mother in St. Francisville, Louisiana. (Her father died of kidney cancer in 2018.) Next she reached out to her brother and sister-in-law, both of them aerospace engineers in Huntsville, Alabama, who “reassured me how safe space travel is.”
A lifelong space fan who embraces adventure, Arceneaux insists those who know her won’t be surprised. She’s plunged on a bungee swing in New Zealand and ridden camels in Morocco. And she loves roller-coasters.
Isaacman, who flies fighter jets for a hobby, considers her a perfect fit.
“It’s not all supposed to be about getting people excited to be astronauts someday, which is certainly cool,” Isaacman, 38, said last week. “It’s also supposed to be about an inspiring message of what we can accomplish here on Earth."
He has two more crew members to select, and he plans to reveal them in March.
One will be a sweepstakes winner; anyone donating to St. Jude this month is eligible. So far, more than $9 million has come in, according to Shadyac. The other seat will go to a business owner who uses Shift4Payments, Isaacman’s Allentown, Pennsylvania, credit card-processing company.
Liftoff is targeted around October at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, with the capsule orbiting Earth two to four days. He’s not divulging the cost.
Catherine Chen, Huawei’s Senior Vice President has recently described how technology could be used as an engine for human progress.
She also called on individuals and businesses to think big and act small, reiterating her support for the UN's sustainable development goals and building a green, innovative, and inclusive world, said a press release.
Chen was attending a programme at Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai organised by Huawei, Global Mobile Association (GSMA), Center of Environmental Economics of Fudan University, and The Paper.
Catherine Chen, Huawei’s Senior Vice President and Board Member, has delivered a keynote speech titled 'Believe in the Power of Technology.'
Participants at the event joined both online and in-person to discuss the value of digital technologies in sustainable development for a better, connected world, representing organizations worldwide, including international industry regulators, and think tanks from China, Malaysia, Spain, Thailand, Hungary, and Portugal. More than 1000 guests from over 50 countries attended the conference online.
Chen expressed, "Looking back over history, we've seen how large social changes happen in lockstep with breakthroughs in science and technology.
But today, technological advancements are hyped and politicized, sometimes demonized. Many have stopped believing in technology's power because of fear and distrust. Some are going to great lengths to hinder the development of technology."
5G is a standardized technology defined by its high bandwidth, low latency, and broad connectivity. It helps traditional industries transform and can benefit all.
Wide-scale 5G deployment can already be seen in multiple industries worldwide. Every-day, consumers benefit from 5G experiences, while industrial use in seaports, mines, and the transportation sector is increasing operational efficiency.
Huawei's Smart PV solution is being widely used in more than 60 countries to reduce carbon emissions by 148 million tons. This is the equivalent of planting more than 200 million trees. In Ethiopia alone, they have helped their customers deploy over 400 solar power stations, reducing carbon emissions by 2,850 tons. In China, the company has helped to build the world's largest solar stations dedicated to agriculture and fishing in Ningxia and Shandong provinces.
Huawei and UNESCO have also launched the Open Schools program over a three-year partnership to help schools in Egypt, Ethiopia, and Ghana to improve their digital skills with online education.
The world got its first close-up look at a Mars landing on Friday, as NASA released a stunning picture of its newest rover being lowered onto the dusty red surface.
The photo was released less than 24 hours after the Perseverance rover successfully touched down near an ancient river delta, where it will search for signs of ancient life and set aside the most promising rock samples for return to Earth in a decade.
NASA equipped the spacecraft with a record 25 cameras and two microphones, many of which were turned on during Thursday’s descent.
The rover is shown in extraordinary detail just 6 1/2 feet (2 meters) off the ground, being lowered by cables attached to an overhead sky crane, the red dust kicked up by rocket engines. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, promises more photos in the next few days and possibly also an audio recording of the descent.
“This is something that we’ve never seen before,” flight system engineer Aaron Stehura noted at a news conference. “It was stunning, and the team was awestruck. There’s just a feeling of victory that we were able to capture these and share it with the world.”
Chief engineer Adam Steltzner called the picture “iconic," putting it right up there with photos of Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin on the moon, Saturn as seen by Voyager 1, and the Hubble Space Telescope's “pillars of creation” shot.
A number of thumbnail images have been beamed down so far, too many to count, said Pauline Hwang, strategic mission manager for surface operations. “The team went wild” at seeing these first pictures, she said.
The picture is so clear and detailed that deputy project scientist Katie Stack Morgan at first thought she was looking at a photo from an animation. “Then I did a double take and said: `That's the actual rover!' ”
The vehicle is healthy, according to officials, after landing on a flat, safe surface in Jezero Crater with just 1 degree of tilt and relatively small rocks nearby. For now, the systems still are being checked. It will be at least a week before the rover starts driving.
The river delta — awash 3 billion to 4 billion years ago — is just over 1 mile (2 kilometers) away. Scientists consider it the most likely place to find rocks with evidence of past microscopic life.
Another photo of Perseverance's front right wheel, near rocks full of holes, already has scientists salivating. They're eager to learn whether these rocks are volcanic or sedimentary.
It's the ninth time that NASA has successfully landed on Mars __ and the fifth rover.
As it did with 2012's Curiosity rover — still roaming 2,300 miles (3,750 kilometers) away — NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed Perseverance descending beneath its massive parachute. In each case, the spacecraft and chute resembled specks.
Curiosity's cameras caught a stop-motion movie of the last two minutes its descent, but the images were small and fuzzy. NASA loaded up the heftier Perseverance and its descent stage with more and better cameras, and made sure they were turned on for the entire seven-minute plunge through the Martian atmosphere.
China will attempt to land its own much smaller rover in late spring. It’s been orbiting Mars for 1 1/2 weeks. The United Arab Emirates also put a spacecraft into Martian orbit last week.
The Hong Kong-based Smartphone manufacturing company Infinix Mobile was founded in 2013. The popularity of Infinix is growing day by day; as it offers standard phones under reasonable price ranges. Its latest innovation Infinix Smart 5 was launched on 20th August of 2020. Currently, this Smartphone is officially available in Bangladesh. Read this article to know the full review of Infinix Smart 5 with its price in Bangladesh.
Though being a budget-range phone, Infinix Smart 5 will please you by its smart outlook. On the back panel, this phone presents a magnificent Ocean Wave design visualized in V-shaped patterns.
It weighs about 183g that is quite lightweight. But due to the large display, this device might feel bulky. This phone bears about 8.8mm thickness, 165.4mm length, and 76.4mm width.
‘Smart 5’ phone is built with plastic frame and plastic back. However, you will get a glass screen on the front side.
On the right side, there is a triple tray slot that can accommodate dual Nano SIMs with a memory card. The volume rockers and power button lie on the left side of this phone. Its upper edge is kept free.
And, the bottom edge is packed with a speaker grill, micro USB charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and microphone. However, provision of USB Type-C could make it a better deal.
The backside of this phone holds a glossy finish that can catch fingerprints frequently. It is recommended to apply the provided back-cover to keep the phone clean and safe. On the back panel, you will find camera housing that bears 3 shooters with a flashlight.
The fingerprint sensor is placed below the camera bump. Its quick response will keep you charmed. Certainly, Infinix deserves applause for this smart sensor. On the front screen, it has a water-drop notch.
Infinix Smart 5 Smartphone sports a 6.6-inch IPS LCD display. Its huge display would be great for attaining online classes or video meetings. It has about 83.2% screen-to-body ratio. However, no information is found regarding its glass protection. So, you can apply an additional glass cover to protect the screen.
Here you get an HD+ display featuring 720 by 1600 pixels resolution at 20:9 ratios with ~266 PPI densities. The quality of the display is below average. You may experience lack of sharpness and color imbalance. And, the touch response of the display is not so fast. It takes some time to respond, which may irritate you.
On the rear side, Smart 5 has triple camera series that includes a 13MP prime shooter (f/1.8 aperture) and two other QVGA sensors. Its main rear camera captures nice images in ample daylight. The AI technology boosts up the color slightly to make the pictures more attractive. Images taken under inadequate light conditions don’t show too much noise. You can take good images using the portrait mode.
On the front side, Smart 5 has an 8MP selfie camera. It takes pretty selfies but smoothes the skin tones. Lack of details is noticeable. You can upload these photos on social media. However, people who like real-life pictures may not like this feature. Dual-LED flash on the front side would facilitate the selfie-lovers to capture satisfactory photos in low light conditions.
With this phone, you can shoot 1080p footage at 30fps. To get clear footage, hold this phone rigidly in presence of adequate sunlight.
Infinix Smart 5 is available in two variants. The basic variant features 32GB internal storage with 2GB of RAM. While the top variant offers 64GB internal storage with 3GB of RAM capacity. Here, Infinix has applied eMMC 5.1 data connection technology which is acceptable under this budget.
In the hardware sector, the Smart 5 is provided with MediaTek’s entry-level chipset Helio A20. This Quad-core 12nm chipset is built with four Cortex-A53 cores featuring 1.8 GHz clock speed. The graphics unit carries PowerVR GE8320 GPU. However, in this time, the provision of a quad-core processor is very disappointing.
Infinix Smart 5 runs on the Infinix XOS operating system on top of the Android 10 GO edition. While navigating different features, the interface may show lags, delay, and lack of smoothness. Infinix must overcome these issues to stay in the competition in today’s market.
In this phone, the call quality and network connection are good. This phone can work fine for regular usage, but not recommended for gaming purposes.
Infinix phone Smart 5 is blessed with a non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery. It can provide almost two days back up on moderate use. A 10-watt charger is provided in the box that takes about 3 hours to recharge this device fully.
Dimension and weight
165.4 by 76.4 by 8.8 mm; 183g
Plastic frame and back; Glass front
6.6" IPS LCD Panel
720 by 1600P; 266 PPI Density
Mediatek Helio A20 (12 nm) chipset; PowerVR GE8320 GPU
32/2GB, 64/3GB; eMMC 5.1
Rear: 13MP+QVGA+QVGA; Front: 8MP
Battery and Charging
5000mAh Battery; 10W
Infinix Smart 5’s basic variant (32+2GB) is available at BDT 8490. While the upper variant (64+3GB) costs about BDT 9490. The price is subjected to change upon company decisions.
Infinix Smart 5 doesn’t come with impressive features. As a budget phone, it offers a large display, standard battery with an average camera configuration. The display quality and processor performance are not praiseworthy. Overall, this phone can be a good pick for senior citizens, and for the youngsters who are looking for a reliable Smartphone under BDT 10000 price range.