NASA app lets you fly alongside Mars Perseverance rover

The interactive “Eyes on the Solar System” app lets users see where the Mars rover is on its journey and to explore other parts of the solar system.

NASA launched an updated web application Friday that lets people track the exact location of the Perseverance rover on its way to Mars and to even interact with it and other parts of our solar system.

The “Eyes on the Solar System” app uses trajectory data from the spacecraft to plot its course to Mars, NASA said. The app lets the user not only see how far the spacecraft is from Mars but also allows the user to fly in formation. 

Rotating around the spacecraft can also allow the user to see where it is in relation to other planets, asteroids and spacecraft such as Voyager I, Voyager II and Pioneer 10. Clicking on one of those allows the user to zoom

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Student laborer gets lesson in COVID perseverance

Gianna Nino-Tapias imagined the next time she would wake up at 3 a.m. for work would be for rounds as a medical resident. But this summer she woke up with her mom, back home in eastern Washington state, packed enough food and water for the blistering heat, and headed out to the fields.

After an hour-long drive, she and her mother, Susana Tapias, waited in line to get their temperature checked. Nino-Tapias, with a master’s degree in epidemiology, would think about the lack of social distancing in the lines while they waited.

They strapped gallon pails to their chests and picked blueberries as fast as they reasonably could. If farmworkers don’t pick enough to make minimum wage, they aren’t allowed to work.

They picked and picked until 2 or 3 p.m., the hottest part of the day. It reached 110 degrees recently. On days like that, it was hard to

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Liftoff! NASA’s Perseverance rover begins odyssey to seek out traces of life on Mars

With the fiery flash of a rocket launch, NASA’s Perseverance rover headed out today for what’s expected to be a decade-long campaign to store up and bring back Martian samples that may hold evidence of alien life.

United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 7:50 a.m. ET (4:50 a.m. PT), sending the rover into space for a seven-month cruise to Mars.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the area surrounding the launch pad was restricted, but hundreds of thousands of people watched the liftoff via streaming video. And as if the pandemic wasn’t enough of a challenge, in the minutes before launch, a magnitude-4.2 earthquake rattled through NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where the rover mission is managed.

Mission managers said the complications had no effect on the countdown.

“This is all about perseverance,” NASA Administrator Jim

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