In 1972, astronaut Charles Duke left a family portrait on the moon. Now, almost 50 years later, another NASA employee keeps its own family close. The Perseverance rover made its monumental landing on Mars on Feb. 18 and it has already sent thousands of raw images back to Earth. Hidden in photos of the rover itself is a "bumper sticker" with icons of NASA's previous Mars rover missions, Space pointed out. The rovers are lined up in chronological order: Sojourner, 1997; Spirit and Opportunity, 2004; Curiosity, 2012; Perseverance, 2021; and the Ingenuity helicopter, which rode along with Perseverance.
If you missed the Golden Globes over the weekend, the big news is that Netflix dominated proceedings. Netflix's The Crown took three major awards, with Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor winning for their portrayals of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, while Gillian Anderson also won best supporting actress for the series. Netflix also won best limited series or TV movie with The Queen's Gambit. I won't touch on all of them, but the streaming service won a lot. While Netflix is probably very pleased with itself, the Golden Globes is arguably the wobbliest of Hollywood's big awards shows, with recent reports on questionable press junkets and freebies suggesting that these awards might not truly reflect the greatest shows and movies of the past year.
With Perseverance capturing the imagination of people the world over, Amazon plans to tell the story of one of its predecessors. The company's Amazon Studios division announced today it's working on a documentary on NASA's Opportunity rover called Good Night Oppy. The project will see Ryan White, the director of the 2020 documentary Assassins, work with Industrial Light and Magic and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. The latter will share archival footage with the production, as well as its knowledge of Opportunity's mission. To the robot who turned 90 days into 15 years of exploration: You were, and are, the Opportunity of a lifetime. Opportunity was one of two rovers NASA landed on the Red Planet in 2004 as part its Mars Exploration Rover program.
NASA shared an image showing moments after'sky crane' intentionally crashed into Mars after it safely delivered the Perseverance rover to the Red Planet. The sky crane lowered the car-sized rover to Martian surface with long mechanical bridles and flew off to a safe distance where it crashed into the surface - and Perseverance captured the scene. The NASA Perseverance twitter page shared an image of the fateful event that shows a plume of smoke in the distance following sky crane's impact. Within two minutes of safely delivering me to the surface of Mars, I caught the smoke plume on one of my Hazcams from its intentional surface impact -- an act that protected me and the scientific integrity of my landing site,' reads the tweet shared with the black-and-white photo. NASA shared an image of its'sky crane' sacrificing itself by intentionally crashing into Mars after it safely delivered the Perseverance rover to the Red Planet.
NASA's Perseverance rover is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral at 7:50 a.m. The mission is the nation's first that is dedicated to astrobiology, or the search for evidence of ancient life on another planet. If bad weather or technical issues interfere with takeoff, NASA has about a three week window -- July 30 through August 15, with varying launch times each day -- to try again. If the mission fails completely within that time frame, the team would have to wait until 2022. That's because Earth and Mars only align in a position that's conducive to launches every 26 months.