Reuters/NASA/JPLMARCH 24, 2017 —It’s not easy off-roading on an alien planet. Harsh conditions abound, and you can’t call AAA if you get a flat.
NASA’s car-sized Curiosity rover continues to experience exactly these challenges. A routine inspection on March 19 uncovered two breaks in the raised ribs that reinforce the left-middle wheel’s delicate skin, further evidence of the wear and tear that has been a constant challenge for the mission.
Scientists say the unwelcome discovery doesn’t jeopardize scientific goals, but it underscores the need for continued careful driving and perhaps some creative thinking.
"All six wheels have more than enough working lifespan remaining to get the vehicle to all destinations planned for the mission," said Curiosity project manager Jim Erickson in a press release.
Stephen J. Boitano/Getty ImagesPolitical analyst David Gergen called President Donald Trump’s reaction to the Republican health care bill's failure, "delusional" on Friday.
Gergen compared Trump to House Speaker Paul Ryan in his remarks, saying "I thought Paul Ryan manned up, he took responsibility," but that Trump "is a man who just shoves off on other people and describes things in ways that are just misleading."
While the panelists discussed past presidents who stumbled politically in their first 100 days — John F.
A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration's decision to pull advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year's sign-up season, according to a letter made public Friday.
The unexpected ad pullback soon after President Donald Trump took office was termed "sabotage" by Democrats and former Obama officials.