Link Collection #13
Don’t let the somewhat-depressing title put you off, this is a really excellent feature put together by The New York Times covering the highlights of Opportunity’s mission.
Opportunity survived 5,111 Martian days and drove over 28 miles — a distance record for wheeled vehicles beyond Earth.
This rover made some truly incredible accomplishments over 15 years, which is quite remarkable for a piece of equipment designed to last only 90 days.
Alexander Rose did some digging to uncover the details of a very interesting installation at the hoover Dam:
On the western flank of the Hoover Dam stands a little-understood monument, commissioned by the US Bureau of Reclamation when construction of the dam began in 01931 [sic]. The most noticeable parts of this corner of the dam, now known as Monument Plaza, are the massive winged bronze sculptures and central flagpole which are often photographed by visitors. The most amazing feature of this plaza, however, is under their feet as they take those pictures.
The plaza’s terrazzo floor is actually a celestial map that marks the time of the dam’s creation based on the 25,772-year axial precession of the earth.
Reddit can be problematic, but there’s nothing problematic about Cookie Monster doing an Ask Me Anything. Here are a few of the questions and answers to whet your appetite:
How big is your cookie collection?
Not very big. Me constantly run into problem of eating me collection!
My 7-year-old daughter is about to start selling cookies for Girl Scouts. Do you have any advice for her?
Don’t eat the product!
We know cookies are your favourite food. What is your second favourite food?
Can me say more cookies…?
(Then, in the next message, again from Cookie Monster…)
Me thought it over. Definitely “more cookies.”
The Atlantic selected some really good photos to encapsulate an incredible year.
A half century ago, humans first set foot on the moon, hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in New York’s Catskill Mountains for a music festival that became a cultural milestone, and the war in Vietnam dragged on while protest and resistance grew. It was the year that Sesame Street premiered on Public TV, British troops were first sent into Northern Ireland, the Manson Family murders took place, that Richard Nixon became the 37th President of the United States, and much more.
This short video (under two minutes!) showcases a very interesting piece of very old technology that was way ahead of its time. The Casio AT-552 Janus wristwatch contained a fully-functional calculator you controlled with gestures, all in a normal-sized, normal-looking package.
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