NASA Curiosity Rover's Year On Mars: 5 Breakthroughs
Look at some of the Mars rover's achievements, as NASA celebrates Curiosity's first anniversary on the Red Planet.
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"Seven minutes of terror" is what NASA called the intense sequence of events that Curiosity had to execute in order to safely land on Mars, while going from 13,000 miles an hour to zero. The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft carrying the rover had to be guided to its landing spot, the Gale Crater, withstanding 1,600 degrees of heat or risking destruction. A supersonic parachute, the largest and strongest built to date, slowed down the landing. Finally, the rover, guided by rockets, used its cameras to touch down in the right spot on Mars. NASA relived the moment of excitement in a short video posted for Curiosity's anniversary.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
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