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Curiosity rover begins new journey on Mars

Curiosity rover begins new journey on Mars

 

Unable to reach a comparable geological contact farther south on Red Planet, NASA's Curiosity rover has now approached an alternative site for investigating a geological boundary.
 
Such geological contacts can reveal clues about how environmental conditions that produced one type of rock were related to conditions that produced the other.
 
Two weeks ago, Curiosity was headed for a comparable geological contact farther south.
 
Foiled by slippery slopes on the way there, the team rerouted the vehicle and chose a westward path.
 
The mission's strategic planning keeps multiple route options open to deal with such situations.
 
"Mars can be very deceptive," said Chris Roumeliotis, Curiosity's lead rover driver at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
 
Sand ripples have caused Curiosity a lot of drive slip in the past but there appeared to be terrain with rockier, more consolidated characteristics directly adjacent to these ripples.
 
"So we drove around the sand ripples onto what we expected to be firmer terrain that would give Curiosity better traction," Roumeliotis added in a NASA statement.
 
The drive of about 72 feet up slopes as steep as 21 degrees brought Curiosity close to a target area where two distinctive types of bedrock meet.
 
The rover science team wants to examine an outcrop that contains the contact between the pale rock unit the mission analysed lower on Mount Sharp.
 
Curiosity has been exploring on Mars since 2012.
 
It reached the base of Mount Sharp last year after fruitfully investigating outcrops closer to its landing site and then trekking to the mountain.
 
The main mission objective now is to examine successively higher layers of Mount Sharp.

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Malaysia Airlines to lay off one-third of 20,000 staff
Malaysia Airlines is expected to lay off roughly one-third of its 20,000 staff on Wednesday, under its restructuring plans to make the company more profitable, media reported on Monday.
 
The entire 20,000-employee workforce will actually be terminated, and then two-thirds of them will be given new contracts.
 
Executive chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers Mohammad Faiz Azmi has been appointed as the airlines' administrator and would head the process of letting go the employees.
 
After restructuring, the airline will mainly operate within the country, according to the Malaysia Chronicle.
 
Malaysia Airlines CEO Christoph Mueller said in a statement that flight operations would continue normally, maintaining all prior schedules and reservations.
 
The company had been suffering, and two air accidents in 2014 put the company in a further precarious position.
 
On March 8 last year, Flight MH370, with 239 people aboard, disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, while four months later, Flight MH17, with 289 people on board, crashed in eastern Ukraine, where clashes were escalating between government forces and pro-Russian rebels. 

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Nepal Stock Exchange resumes operations after one month

Though the share market witnessed a huge loss, Nepse believed the market could rise in the coming days

 

The Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) resumed its operations on Sunday almost a month after the April 25 earthquake that wrought severe devastation in the Himalayan country.
 
The market re-started transactions after relocating from some buildings which were badly damaged by the 7.9-magnitude quake last month. Nepse has been operating its system from its head office while the server is located inside the home ministry.
 
Though the share market witnessed a huge loss, Nepse believed the market could rise in the coming days.
 
"We could not operate for 19 working days. However, in the coming weeks, we are hopeful that the scenario will be revived," Sitaram Thapaliya, general manager of Nepse, told Xinhua news agency.
 
Trading has also started in major four cities -- Biratnagar, Pokhara, Dharan and Narayanghat -- from Sunday.
 
The Stock exchange had closed on April 23 at 938.19 points.

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