South Africa to assist Nasa Mars mission

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgThe Curiosity rover will help assess Mars’ habitability, that is, whether Mars is or ever was an environment able to support microbial life. It will also analyse samples scooped from the soil and powders drilled from rocks. The spacecraft will be launched on an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and Sansa Space Operations’ Hartbeeshoek Telemetry Station support will be required during the launch. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled to launch between 25 November and 18 December, and to land on Mars at Gale Crater between 6 and 20 August 2012. It will try to perform the first-ever precision landing on Mars. 18 November 2011 The separation of the Mars Science Laboratory from the Atlas rocket will occur within perfect view of the Hartbeeshoek Telemetry Station for multiple launch opportunities during the launch period. Perfect view The Curiosity rover will be more than five times the size, and carry more than ten times the mass of scientific instruments, as the previous two rovers sent to the planet, Spirit and Opportunity. The South African Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) Space Operations directorate has been selected by the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) to provide tracking services for the launch of its latest Mars mission.center_img Sansa will be paid for providing their services to the Americans, though the amount has not been disclosed. The new rover will be expected to operate for at least one Martian year (686 Earth days) as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover. The US$2.3-billion mission is part of Nasa’s long-term programme to explore Mars via robotic devices. The Mars Science Laboratory is a Nasa mission that aims to land and operate a rover, named Curiosity, on the surface of Mars. “It is a privilege to be a part of this space mission, and this gives testament to the technological expertise that is available in South Africa to support such large-scale investments,” Sansa Space Operation’s tracking, telemetry and control international contract manager, Tiaan Strydom, said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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There’s No Such Thing as a “Datasexual”

By on December 16, 2019

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market joe brockmeier 1 You can’t work in the tech industry without suffering buzzwords and marketing speak. But for anyone with an interest in big data, the term “datasexual” goes well past buzzword territory to wandering in the weeds of silliness.The attempt to coin the term comes from Dominic Basulto, who wrote a piece on personal data called “Meet the Urban Datasexual.” The title has two glaring problems. First, Basulto doesn’t distinguish between urban, suburban or rural. There’s no reason someone with an interest in the quantified self – the concept of self-knowledge through self-tracking – couldn’t be a suburbanite or a farmer.Not an Honest DescriptionThat’s a minor quibble, though. The big gripe is the attempt to coin the term “datasexual.” A portmanteau can be useful, but not when it’s dishonest. “Quantified self” might not roll off the tongue, but it’s plenty descriptive of people who are interested in tracking their lives. You could call it “egodata” to make it a bit snappier, as that’s more descriptive and a play on “geo data.” But quantified self, or QS, does the job nicely.There’s nothing necessarily sexual about QS. Yes, Basulto is attempting to piggyback on the term “metrosexual,” but the quantified self is almost entirely unrelated.Unfortunate terms aside, Basulto does have a point buried in the post, which is this: “Just as elements of the metrosexual movement eventually found their way into the fashion mainstream, the whole datasexual craze is starting to tip into the mainstream. All of us – not just the datasexuals of today – will soon be equipped with a breathtaking array of digital devices and sensors from ‘cool’ companies like Apple and Nike.”Personal Data Is Going MainstreamThe quantified-self movement is likely to continue its ongoing move into the mainstream. Basulto is wrong that there’s an “obsession” for recording “everything about their personal lives.” The Placeme app he refers to is a bit more extreme than most folks are likely to want. But apps like Runkeeper are already finding adoption outside hardcore data nerds and quantified-self enthusiasts. And our phones are already equipped with a “breathtaking array” of sensors, and if that’s not enough there’s plenty more to be had. The Fitbit, for instance, comes to mind.It’s also worth noting that many of the folks adopting apps like Runkeeper probably aren’t thinking in terms of data (and certainly not sexual). Data geeks are helping to enable apps that push data consumption into the mainstream, but the mainstream isn’t getting into data per se – no more than mainstream acceptance of the Internet meant immersing themselves in HTTP.But use and consumption of personal data is going mainstream, and it’s a major opportunity for companies that know how to collect, analyze, interpret and present useful data in a meaningful way. It’s also going to be a challenge for mainstream users who, so far, haven’t spent much time thinking about data and privacy. But that’s a different topic for a different day.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#Big Data#cloud#privacy last_img read more

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