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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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California Will Become First State to Require Pet Stores to Sell Only Rescue Animals

California Will Become First State to Require Pet Stores to Sell Only Rescue AnimalsThe bill, "would require all sales of dogs and cats authorized by this provision to be in compliance with laws requiring the spaying or neutering of animals, as specified."



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Heavy rain slows rescue work as overflowing hospitals struggle to cope in aftermath of Indonesian tsunami

Heavy rain slows rescue work as overflowing hospitals struggle to cope in aftermath of Indonesian tsunamiIndonesian search and rescue teams on Wednesday plucked stranded residents from remote islands and pushed into isolated communities desperate for aid in the aftermath of a volcano-triggered tsunami that killed over 400. But torrential rains hampered the effort and heaped more misery on the region, as officials warned another killer wave could hit the stricken area. The disaster agency cautioned residents to stay clear of the coast, as fresh activity at the Anak Krakatoa volcano, which sits in the middle of the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, threatened to spark another tsunami. A section of the crater – which emerged at the site of the legendary Krakatoa volcano, whose massive 1883 eruption killed at least 36,000 people – collapsed after an eruption and slid into the ocean, triggering Saturday night's killer wave. Residents evacuate from Sebesi Island at Tennis Court Kalianda in South Lampung, Indonesia on December 26, 2018 Credit: Andalou The disaster agency slightly raised the death toll on Wednesday to 430, with 1,495 people injured and another 159 missing. Medical workers have warned that clean water and medicine supplies were running low – stoking fears of a public health crisis – as thousands of displaced survivors cram shelters and hospitals. The co-ordinator of the Indonesia Red Cross, Ridwan Sobri Carman, called on the government to do more.  “[People] need tents, vitamins, blankets, clean and drinking water and better food,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “We provide those materials, but clearly that is not enough.” In the Pandeglang area of Banten Province the Head of Red Crescent Indonesia said that local health centers needed more surgeons and orthopedic specialists, as well as general practitioners and paramedics.  “Health centers lack essential medical equipment – even body bags,”  Mangaradja Victor told teh Daily Telegraph, adding that the area is in dire need of disease prevention support as refugees are camped out in exposed areas on the sides and terraces of local mosques. Many of an estimated 22,000 displaced people fear going back to their communities. “I'm here because people said there could another tsunami,” Etin Supriatin told AFP from an evacuation centre in shattered Labuan. The disaster agency dispatched helicopters to drop supplies into hard-to-reach communities, while hundreds of residents on tiny islands in the Sunda Strait were airlifted or taken by boat to shelters. Sniffer dogs are being used to find those still missing as grief-stricken relatives lined up at identification centres. But hopes of finding any survivors beneath the rubble have dwindled. Tubagus Cecep, 63, waited nervously at the area's main identification centre to see if a body was that of his missing son. “I'm scared my son is dead, but if I keep my faith in God maybe he could have been swept away somewhere and is still alive,” he told AFP.



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The Latest: Sheriff vows thorough probe after mine rescue

The Latest: Sheriff vows thorough probe after mine rescueCLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the rescue of three adults at an inactive coal mine in West Virginia (all times local):



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Gilets Jaunes Come to Brexit Britain’s Rescue

Gilets Jaunes Come to Brexit Britain’s RescueThe gilets jaunes’ protests in France have caused a pretty stunning volte face from President Emmanuel Macron, with more than 10 billion euros ($ 11.4 billion) of minimum wage and pension tax changes proposed this week. Alongside France’s already-announced reversal of a fuel tax rise, this could increase France’s deficit by as much as 0.6 percentage points to about 3.4 percent of gross domestic product. “Le spread” of 10-year French government bonds to German bunds has widened by 10 basis points in December, creating the biggest gap since Macron was elected in May 2017.



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The Latest: President lauds rescue efforts after Japan crash

The Latest: President lauds rescue efforts after Japan crashTOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the midair collision of two U.S. warplanes off Japan (all times local):



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Kaley Cuoco Spends Thanksgiving Helping Rescue Baby Sea Lion

Kaley Cuoco Spends Thanksgiving Helping Rescue Baby Sea LionKaley Cuoco took some time out of her Thanksgiving celebrations to aid a young



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Argentina minister says country without means to rescue sub

Argentina minister says country without means to rescue subBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Hours after announcing the discovery of an Argentine submarine lost deep in the Atlantic a year ago with 44 crew members aboard, the government said Saturday that it is unable to recover the vessel, drawing anger from missing sailors' relatives who demanded that it be raised.



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Dramatic whale rescue

Dramatic whale rescueA fisherman risks his life jumping on the back of a humpback whale tangled in rope to cut it loose. ABC News' Kendis Gibson reports.



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Indonesian rescue workers believe fuselage of crashed plane found

Indonesian rescue workers believe fuselage of crashed plane foundGround staff lost touch with flight JT610 of Indonesian budget airline Lion Air 13 minutes after the Boeing 737 MAX 8 took off early on Monday from Jakarta, on its way to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang. Indonesia’s military chief said he believed the plane had been located, and a transport safety official said divers would be sent to confirm the origin of a “ping” signal picked up by a search and rescue team late on Tuesday. Speaking on board the navy ship KRI Rigel, navy official Colonel Haris Djoko Nugroho told broadcaster TVOne that a 22-meter long object had been found in waters about 32 meters deep, and a sonar was being used to identify it.



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