First image of an asteroid taken from the surface of Mars

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has captured the first image of an asteroid taken from the surface of Mars. The night-sky image actually includes two asteroids: Ceres and Vesta, plus one of Mars’ two moons, Deimos, which may have been an asteroid before being captured into orbit around Mars. The image was taken after nightfall on the 606th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars which was April 20, 2014. In other camera pointings the same night, the Mastcam also imaged Mars’ larger moon, Phobos, plus the planets Jupiter and Saturn.Ceres, with a diameter of about 950 kilometers (590 miles), is the largest object in the asteroid belt, large enough to be classified as a dwarf planet. Vesta is the third-largest object in the aste…

TEPCO Books 438 Billion Yen Profit

TEPCO again books a profit, this time about 438 billion yen. The company recently received another injection of government money. Comments on the news in a recent article were mostly outrage. Taxpayers are largely footing the bill for the disaster. Impacted residents are still trying to obtain compensation for their losses. Allowing shareholders to benefit from TEPCO’s creative accounting practices doesn’t seem to be going over well with anyone but TEPCO.
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