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In Moscow, Some See Opportunity in Comedian's Victory in Ukraine

In Moscow, Some See Opportunity in Comedian's Victory in UkraineThe three leading candidates took tough lines on relations with Russia, with which Ukraine has been at war since the 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russian forces. “The Kremlin didn’t believe Zelenskiy could win until March as they just don’t understand these things,” said Gleb Pavlovsky, a Moscow political analyst who has advised Russian officials on Ukrainian politics, referring to the success of the comedian’s insurgent campaign.



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New York's Amazon rejection exposes US opportunity gap and Democrats' political disconnect

New York's Amazon rejection exposes US opportunity gap and Democrats' political disconnectDemocrats should consider this a wake-up call for 2020 when they must win states that don't have dynamic urban economies like New York or California.



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Why Can't NASA's Curiosity Rover Rescue Opportunity?

Why Can't NASA's Curiosity Rover Rescue Opportunity?The Mars rover Opportunity has died, NASA announced yesterday (Feb. 13). A layer of dust likely coated its solar panels, preventing it from juicing itself up after a 2018 sky-blackening dust storm on the Red Planet.But why couldn't NASA launch a rescue mission to get it working again? After all, Opportunity wasn't the first rover to get to Mars, and it won't be the last. It's just been the hardiest. In its stunning 14-plus years of travel, enabled by Martian winds that periodically cleaned off its solar panels, it has covered an impressive 28 miles (40 kilometers) on the planet.The most obvious candidate to rescue Opportunity is the Curiosity rover, Opportunity's bigger, nuclear-powered younger sibling. Why not take some time out of Curiosity's work, and send it to see what's wrong with Opportunity and if it might be fixed? [Voyager to Mars Rover: NASA's 10 Greatest Innovations]NASA's Opportunity Mars rover took this image of its own tracks on the rim of Endeavour Crater in June 2017. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State UniversityThe first problem, unfortunately, is distance. According to NASA's Mars map, the Curiosity and Opportunity sites are about 5,200 miles (8,400 km) apart from one another. Curiosity's a bit swifter-footed than Opportunity, but even so, the young sprite would just take way too long to cover that terrain. To navigate the Martian terrain, these rovers require constant guidance from Earth Combined with the long delay between message transmission and receipt, even a trek of a few feet can take days.The second problem is that Curiosity is an explorer, not a repair bot. It would be a monumental challenge to repurpose its onboard instruments to even clear dust off of Opportunity's solar panels. And there's no guarantee that's all that's gone wrong with the rover sitting silently in the Martian cold and darkness.A selfie of the Mars Curiosity rover. Unfortunately, Opportunity's buddy can't come to its rescue. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSThe final problem is time. Even if Curiosity could take some express train to Opportunity's location, Martian winter is setting in, and the conditions will likely compound any damage to Opportunity now that it's no longer able to keep itself warm.So Opportunity is toast. But who knows, maybe humans on Mars will find it someday and manage to switch it back on. * 5 Mars Myths and Misconceptions * Mars InSight Photos: A Timeline to Landing on the Red Planet * Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life (Photos)Originally published on Live Science.



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NASA to make final attempt to contact Mars Opportunity Rover

NASA to make final attempt to contact Mars Opportunity RoverUS space agency NASA will make one final attempt to contact its Opportunity Rover on Mars late Tuesday, eight months after it last made contact. Opportunity landed on Mars in 2004 and covered 28 miles (45 kilometers) on the planet, securing its place in history after lasting well beyond its expected 90-day mission. Despite NASA engineers’ best efforts to get a response via radio channels, its last communication was on June 10, 2018.



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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell: Northam Scandal Is an Opportunity for 'Repentance'

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell: Northam Scandal Is an Opportunity for 'Repentance'"You know everybody's got…some things that they have in their life, some prejudices, some biases that need to be examined," he said.



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Christine Blasey Ford: 'I Am Grateful To Have Had The Opportunity To Fulfill My Civic Duty'

Christine Blasey Ford: 'I Am Grateful To Have Had The Opportunity To Fulfill My Civic Duty'In a post on GoFundMe thanking her supporters, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford



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A Missing Journalist Has Created a Window of Opportunity

A Missing Journalist Has Created a Window of OpportunityThe best U.S. reaction to the current crises with Saudi Arabia might be one that tempers a major change with something more incremental and concrete.



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Trumpnado! Tweeting about storms, Trump seizes opportunity to make everything worse

Trumpnado! Tweeting about storms, Trump seizes opportunity to make everything worseJerry Adler examines the issues with Trump's tweets about the death toll from Hurricane Maria.



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Ivanka Trump: We must foster economic opportunity in Latin America

Ivanka Trump: We must foster economic opportunity in Latin AmericaIvanka Trump said she agrees with liberals and conservatives who think it’s important to help encourage stability and spark economic growth throughout Central America and South America — as the United States is engaged in a passionate debate over immigration policy.



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Survivors of past Hawaii lava recall despair and opportunity

Survivors of past Hawaii lava recall despair and opportunityHONOLULU (AP) — Lava pouring out of a Hawaii volcano burned down Mary Dressler's home and her town 28 years ago. Now, watching creeping lobes of molten rock slowly wipe out entire neighborhoods over the past month, she has been transported back to those losses.



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