Perseverance rover marks 1 Mars year on Red Planet

NASA’s Perseverance rover took this selfie on Mars on Sept. 20, 2021. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is wrapping up its prime mission on the Red Planet. 

The car-sized Perseverance rover landed on the floor of Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021, kicking off an ambitious surface mission designed to last one Red Planet year, which is about 687 Earth days.

That time is now up; the Mars calendar turned for Perseverance on Friday (Jan. 6). But don’t fret: The six-wheeled robot will transition seamlessly into an extended mission on Saturday (Jan. 7).

More info: space.com/perseverance-one-mars-year-on-red-planet

Source: Space.com

What can exercise do to…

Exercise has many benefits to the brain as well as overall body health. You can achieve these benefits in as little as 20 minutes a day. These changes can be attributed to chemical changes in the brain caused by physical activity. Just one session of exercise can improve the brain’s ability to retain physical skills by enhancing your brain’s “muscle memory”. Exercise can also improve long term memory too.

One session can improve long term memory by 10%! You can reduce the risk of depression thru exercise as well. Physical activity also has shown to cause the brain’s white matter to become more fibrous and compact. This allows your brain to think faster and more efficient. Research has shown that activities like walking can increase creativity. Another benefit of exercise is good cardiovascular health, which also contributes to healthy brain functions. One would conclude that there is no reason to wait; get up and get moving today!

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Villa AZ, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Villa AZ is a contemporary house located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, designed in 2022 by MMA Projects.

Villa AZ is a private residence designed by MMA Projects on the exclusive Palm Jumeirah, one of the three artificial islands built off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
With a sophisticated and essential elegance, Villa AZ stands out for its simple lines with references to the Arab style. The exteriors have been cleaned of excessive decorations and redundant elements, opting for a few high-quality materials.

As a tribute to Arab culture and to be consistent with the context in which the villa stands, some elements in bronzed metal have been added. The delicate geometric designs of the panels that adorn the façade are reminiscent of the mashrabiyya, a natural forced ventilation mechanism typical of the architecture of Arab countries.

Source: homeadore.com

Webb reveals an exoplanet atmosphere as never seen before

The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope just scored another first: a molecular and chemical portrait of a distant world’s skies. While Webb and other space telescopes, including the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, have previously revealed isolated ingredients of this heated planet’s atmosphere, the new readings provide a full menu of atoms, molecules, and even signs of active chemistry and clouds. The latest data also give a hint of how these clouds might look up close: broken up rather than as a single, uniform blanket over the planet.

Source: European Space Agency

Citation M2 Gen2

Perfect for corporate, charter or private use, the M2 Gen2 jet features enhanced cabin lighting, upgraded cabin technology and a GARMIN G3000 flight deck with touchscreen avionics suited for a single pilot. Two powerful Williams FJ44 engines facilitate a cruising speed of up to 404 knots for serious jet performance. Trips are fast and efficient with exceptional range at 1,550 nm.

This aircraft features a Fresh Air System to keep cabin air clean. This system operates by bringing fresh air from outside into the aircraft through the engines. The engines compress and heat the air killing pathogens and germs. The air is then cooled and enters the cabin as cold or warm air before exiting aft.

The M2 Gen2 jet is equipped with a fully digital, dual-channel autopilot system with many features for added safety, redundancy and reliability. It maximizes aircraft performance with precise lateral and vertical navigation guidance for all phases of flight. Integrating data from the avionics system, the AP is built to inspire confidence while ensuring optimum smoothness and comfort.

Features such as the Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT), standard Garmin GWX8000 STORMOPTIX weather radar and optional Enhanced Vision System (EVS) camera provides a clear, concise picture of your environment during flight.

More info: cessna.txtav.com

«Wine Drinking» by Sobha Singh, c. 1935

Sobha Singh

One of the greatest Indian artists of twentieth century S. Sobha Singh was born on 29 Nov. 1901 at Sri Hargobindpur (Gurdaspur), India. it was here where S. Sobha Singh learned to draw and sculpt. In 1905, his mother Bibi Acchran died. His father S. Deva Singh died in 1917.

He learnt and mastered painting by self practice. In 1919 he was present in Jalianwala Bagh at the time of firing. Later , he joined the British India army as a draughtsman and was posted at various places in Iraq. He studied European Paintings and got inspiration from the works of English painters.

Source: sobhasinghartist.com

2023 Volkswagen Golf

The 2023 VW Golf GTI and Golf R are two takes on a sporty hatchback with impressive turbocharged power and real-world utility thanks to a spacious cabin. Shop it against the Subaru WRX and the Hyundai Elantra and Kona N models. 

The Golf GTI and Golf R laugh in the face of bulky SUVs. These low-slung hatchbacks contain enough retro cues to link them to the original Golf that replaced the iconic Beetle the better part of a half-century ago. We appreciate the consistency, so we give them a 6 on the TCC scale.

It’s plenty quick. Base GTIs come with a 241-hp, 273 lb-ft of torque version of the company’s venerable 2.0-liter inline-4, which is smooth and strong after a hint of low-speed lag. The manual gearbox is sublime, while the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission works even better for rapid-fire shifts under pressure. Less impressive is the dual-clutch’s propensity to stumble at lower speeds, which can exacerbate the turbo’s immediate lag off idle. 

More info: thecarconnection.com

2023 Nissan Ariya

The Ariya is new for 2023, and it represents Nissan’s second and best electric vehicle behind the aging Nissan Leaf hatchback that started this whole electric thing more than a decade ago.

Nissan welcomes electric vehicle shoppers with a five-seat crossover meant to behave as familiarly as an internal combustion car but without all the tailpipe emissions. Sized like the compact Nissan Rogue, the Ariya has a cabin as spacious as the mid-size Nissan Murano, and it takes advantage of the clean sheet approach afforded by its electric platform. With wood trim, twin 12.3-inch screens, and an uncluttered dash, it’s also the nicest Nissan interior on the market. 

More info: thecarconnection.com

The Sun 1911 – Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch was a Norwegian Symbolist painter, printmaker and an important forerunner of expressionistic art. His best-known composition, The Scream, is part of a series The Frieze of Life, in which Munch explored the themes of life, love, fear, death, and melancholia. His work often included the symbolic portrayal of such themes as misery, sickness, and death.

Epic E1000 GX

It may be hard to imagine reaching speeds over 333 knots in a single-engine aircraft. And harder still to comprehend the thrill of a 4,000 feet-per-minute climb out. But that’s the power of a 1200-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67A engine on an optimally designed all-composite Epic airframe. Delivering speeds faster than any single-engine turboprop on the market. And performance that rivals most business jets, without jet-class costs. In fact, the E1000 GX is the only aircraft that flies over 300 knots on less than 50 gallons per hour. Fast and fuel efficient.

The E1000 GX.
Unparalleled Performance.

A remarkable clean-sheet, all carbon fiber design that delivers exceptional speed, range, payload, comfort, elegance, affordability and safety. This is what flying was meant to be.

Max Cruise Speed

333 ktas

Max Operating Altitude

34,000 ft

Rate of Climb

4,000 fpm

Max Range

1,560 nm

Useful Load

2,860 lb

Max Full Fuel Payload

1,100 lb

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Epic’s signature wing design optimizes stability, efficiency, and slow-handling characteristics. Certified in the “utility” category, the E1000 GX meets structural strength requirements that are well beyond that of any traditional metal aircraft.

The cabin design is a flawless extension of the aircraft’s sleek and elegant lines. Whether you’re sitting at the controls or relaxing in the rear, the E1000 GX ensures every seat delivers a first-class experience.

The ergonomically designed all-glass flight deck features the latest in advanced situational awareness and optimized workflow patterns, emphasizing intuitive, comfortable single-pilot flight operations. Synthetic vision displays, GPS, autopilot, along with vital traffic, weather, terrain, stall protection and engine monitoring systems, are all within easy view and reach. Mission critical flight data are strategically grouped for optimum visibility just below the glare shield to simplify operations during critical phases of flight.

MSR’s House, Montpellier, France

MSR’s House is a contemporary home located in Montpellier, France, designed in 2017 by Brengues Le Pavec.

In a popular area of the city of Montpellier, in a perfect oasis of calm and yet close to the city centre, this town house with a bucolic and asserted character has been entirely redesigned in order to recreate large interior spaces and provide the comfort required by modern living. Sensitive to the design and the excellent quality of the materials, the clients wanted to include a certain contemporaneity instead. The challenge was to integrate modernity while maintaining the charm and identity of the house.

Source: homeadore.com

Victor Vasarely | French artist

Folklore, 1988. Acrylic on canvas, 70 x 62 cm.

Cornic, Oil on cardboard, 51.7 x 69.8 cm (1955)

Barka-Deu, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 192.4 x 192.4 cm.

Chokk, 1976. Acrylic on canvas, 205.7 x 190.5 cm.

TallerOr, 1968

Maamor III, 1969

Bi-Hexa, 1975, Silkscreen on paper, 54 x 44.5 cm.

Tizenne – 2, 1986, Acrylic on canvas, 190 x 130 cm.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, 1906-1997)

Biography: Victor Vasarely | French artist – Britannica