Tags Share your voice 17 Photos NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars Enlarge Image”Oppy” got in on the selfie trend in early 2018 with this self-portrait celebrating its 5,000th day on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech A piece of NASA’s heart sits silent on Mars. The space agency called an end to the Opportunity rover’s epic Mars mission this week after months of failed attempts to revive the machine after a massive dust storm in mid-2018 blotted out its solar panels and destroyed its ability to communicate with Earth. Emotional tributes poured out from scientists and space fans alike. Uzbekistani artist Rostislav Shekhovtsov was so moved by the rover’s finale, he created a digital painting to honor Oppy. It’s a tearjerker. It shows two astronauts in the future finding the dust-covered rover on Mars. Artist Rostislav Shekhovtsov created this digital painting in Photoshop. Rostislav Shekhovtsov Shekhovtsov posted the image to Instagram, captioning it with “It’s time to go home, Oppy.” The artist says he created the work in Photoshop over the course of five to seven hours.What makes the art piece all the more touching is how one of the astronauts reaches out to Opportunity’s head-like camera array, an acknowledgement of how many of us have come to treat the rover like a person who should be mourned. Sci-Tech “Oppy is alive for me,” Shekhovtsov tells me. He’s convinced humans will one day fly to Mars and recover the rover. Opportunity outlasted its original three-month mission in 2004 and delivered over 14 years of scientific discoveries and stunning Mars images.NASA’s longest-lived Red Planet rover couldn’t have earned a more loving tribute than Shekhovtsov’s hopeful and heartbreaking vision of the future. Goodbye, Oppy Mars rovers NASA Space 5 NASA’s history-making Mars rover Opportunity declared dead NASA Mars rover Opportunity earns heartbreaking eulogies: ‘I’m crying’ Comments
India has slashed corporate tax rate by 5%, as the country looks to become more business friendly under Narendra Modi.While presenting the federal budget for fiscal year 2015-16, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that the country’s corporate tax rate will be cut to 25% from 30% over four years.The measure is expected to generate more employment in the country of about 1.3 billion people, according to the Minister.He added that the country’s economy will grow at 8-8.5% in the next financial years and expansion will be accelerated to double-digit rates in the subsequent years.”Growth in 2015-16 is expected to be between 8-8.5 per cent. Aiming for a double digit rate seems feasible very soon,” Jaitley said.India’s Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) earlier changed the way of measuring national income and revised the country’s growth rate to 6.9% in the fiscal year ended in March 2014, compared to the earlier figure of 4.7%. For the year ended in March 2015, the country estimates a growth of 7.4% as per the new standards.The Economic Survey had yesterday said the country could grow over 8% in fiscal year 2015-16, due to the cumulative impact of reforms, lower oil prices, likely monetary policy easing facilitated by lower inflation, and good weather forecasts.The country’s stock markets bounced back following the corporate tax proposal, but they fell into red as the budget did not have any other incentives for the corporate.The BSE Sensex is trading down 1.1% at 28899.18 as at 07.54 am GMT, while the NSE Nifty has fallen about 0.9% at 8766.70.
Prince George’s County, Md. has made large strides in several key areas over the past decade, according to an updated “quality of life” index released May 13 by a county business organization. According to the updated Prince George’s County Quality of Life Index, a statistical account of the county’s progress in several data categories, burglaries and car thefts are down significantly and the county has succeeded in attracting more qualified teachers. The index was released by The Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, the “Voice of Business” in the county, and their affiliate, the Andrews Business & Community Alliance. Both are not-for- profit, non-partisan organizations whose activities include advocating for the businesses, communities and military presence in the county. According to the group, the index “remains to tell you where the county stands today, but also to measure it against the past to ascertain whether or not progress is occurring.” In attendance at a meeting to release the updated index, held at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, were roundtable members and County Executive Rushern L. Baker III. The index found that 90 percent of teachers in county schools were “highly qualified,” compared to 48.6 percent in 2004. Also, 75 percent of third grade students are reading at a proficient or advanced level, along with 77.1 percent of seventh graders. Motor vehicle theft and burglary remained the county’s most common crimes, but both are on the decline. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, motor vehicle thefts fell to 3,184 last year from 16,332 motor vehicle thefts in 2004. There were 4,145 burglaries in the county last year, down from 6,429 in 2004.