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Tesla Roadster and Starman Make First Close Approach With Mars - autoevolution
On February 6, 2018, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made history when he launched a car, a first-generation Roadster, into space. That Roadster, along with its driver / pilot known as Starman, has now made a first close approach with Mars.
It’s been two years and eight months since the historical event and, while interest in the Roadster and Starman’s journey has diminished a bit, it’s still impressive. Just in case you woke up this morning and, while sipping coffee, were quietly asking yourself, “gee, I wonder where what Starman is up to today,” as one does, the answer comes from SpaceX itself: Starman is basking in the sight of the Red Planet. Or did, briefly. “Starman, last seen leaving Earth, made its first close approach with Mars today - within 0.05 astronomical units, or under 5 million miles, of the Red Planet,” SpaceX says in a recent tweet. Sure, it’s not like Starman came within touching distance of Mars, but it’s still closer to it than it is to Earth right now, according to the WhereIsRoadster website, which has been tracking progress of the Roadster and its pilot. The same source notes that, if the battery on the Roadster is still working, Starman will have listened to Space Oddity 265,533 times in one year, and to Is there Life On Mars? 357,794 times in the other. Starman is a mannequin dressed up in a prototype of the SpaceX space suit, and there’s another, smaller version of it inside the Hot Wheels toy Roadster on the dashboard. A data storage device with a copy of Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels is included, just in case the duo encounter aliens on their space journey. The Roadster was launched into space on board the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, with no particular target in mind. It sped away at 4,641 mph (7,469 kph) and, according to consensus, it will continue to move into space until it collides with something and is destroyed. Unless it hasn’t happened already. Starman, last seen leaving Earth, made its first close approach with Mars today—within 0.05 astronomical units, or under 5 million miles, of the Red Planet pic.twitter.com/gV8barFTm7 — SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 7, 2020
NASA Begins Moonwalk Training for Artemis Lunar Missions - autoevolution
If all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, in 2024 humanity will return to the Moon. Artemis III is how the mission is called, and it will transport onboard the Orion spacecraft the male and female astronauts who will be tasked with once again setting f…
If you think about it, 2024 is not that far away, so NASA really needs to step things up. While on one front it is fighting to get the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion capsule ready for flight, there are also on-the-ground activities to think about.Last week, NASA announced the start of the early-stages moonwalk training for astronauts. Using the famous Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, engineers have already begun – using a demonstration version of the brand new spacesuits to be used by the astronauts – testing the tools and developing the training techniques. That essentially means that before teaching astronauts what to do on the Moon, NASA first has to find out what it needs to be teaching them. “This early testing will help determine the best complement of facilities for hardware development and requirements for future Artemis training and missions,” said in a statement Daren Welsh, extravehicular activity test lead for these Artemis preparation test runs. “At the same time, we are going to be able to gather valuable feedback on spacewalk tools and procedures that will help inform some of the objectives for the missions.”It’s very likely that once on the surface astronauts will have to go down an up ladders, pick up soil samples, swing hammers and use a variety of other tools, walk on the moon and, of course, plant another American flag on the surface. The Artemis lunar program has 4 missions planned for the immediate future. Artemis I will launch for the Moon in 2021, uncrewed, Artemis II will just circle it with people on board in 2023, and Artemis III is the one when the actual landing will take place. Artemis IV and the subsequent missions will also be able to dock with the Lunar space station NASA calls Gateway.
Model S Drives Itself at 60 MPH on the Highway, Human Stupidity Is Limitless - autoevolution
Like music mogul Simon Cowell said a while back after he broke his back while test-riding an e-bike that proved too much for him: read the user manual first. This also applies to Tesla and the capabilities of the Autopilot.
Debates on whether Autopilot should even be called that go back several years, since the first fatal accident involving Autopilot and a driver not paying attention. For its part, Tesla keeps repeating the same thing: despite what the Autopilot name might suggest, this is not self-driving technology, so the driver must be at the wheel, with his or her hands on the wheel and the eyes on the road, ready to take over at a second’s notice. No one told this to the “star” of the latest viral video. By now, we’re accustomed to seeing some pretty stupid stuff on TikTok, but this takes the crown for this week: a bunch of bros (four of them) took a Tesla Model S on the highway, put it on Autopilot and left the driver seat empty. As the car was doing 60 on the freeway, they chilled back, sang to Justin Bieber’s Baby and sipped on seltzers. The level of stupidity here is incredible. First (and least) of all, the U.S. has the open-container law, which would make all four dudes liable for fines for drinking seltzers in a moving car in the first place. The owner of the car could probably still get hit with a DUI charge, even if he wasn’t in the driver seat. Then there’s the more dangerous stuff about “when the car is a better driver than you are,” which is hardly the case. Sure, Autopilot can go in a straight line on the highway and can even avoid obstacles or brake in case of an emergency, but that doesn’t mean you can simply hop out of the driver seat and chill in the passenger one. Third, if you’re going to do stupid, highly reckless and illegal stuff, at least don’t post evidence of it on social media. That said, Teslas are technologically-advanced EVs with a driver-assist system that’s often referred to as the best on the market right now. But even as such, it still has a long way to go to Level 5 Autonomy, which is when it will be perfectly capable of driving the car by itself, without a human operator present. You still won’t be able to drink alcohol inside the car (probably), but at least you’d be in a position to say the car is a better driver than you are. @blurr.tvTesla was the DD for the night ##fyp##foryou##foryoupage##viral##tesla##dontletthisflop l original sound - blurrblake
Google's New Android Auto Music App Is Seriously Slow - autoevolution
Google is killing off Play Music and wants everybody to make the switch to YouTube Music, something which really shouldn’t be very inconvenient since the company also provides users with automatic migration tools.
But as many discovered the hard way, YouTube Music comes with a series of drawbacks on Android Auto, and one of them is the slow interaction with the app.As if the subscription requirement wasn’t enough for those who didn’t want to make the switch to YouTube Music in the first place, some are now complaining that finding a song to play in the music library takes way too long because the app is very slow. Users who turned to Google’s forums to describe the problem explain that YouTube Music feels slower when playing all kinds of content, not just music in the library. “In Google Play Music I could scroll through my entire library in seconds whereas now in YouTube Music it loads a few then another few then another, I've tried to see how long it takes me to scroll through my list of albums but never managed to get past the E's before I have to stop though frustration,” someone explains in a recent post. “I'm very willing to move along with Google's new approach to music apps, and I'll accept the flaws as I know most will be fixed, but at this point it's just unusable in the car. That's a big problem to me,” another user says. Is there anything you can do right now to fix all these issues? Not really. But the good news is that Google is well aware that the experience with YouTube Music needs to be further polished, so the company has already promised to increase its focus on enhancing the usability and reliability both on the phone and in the car. And this makes total sense now, especially at this point when YouTube Music is supposed to replace Google Play Music for all users out there.
Android 11 Finally Allows Android Auto to Play Catch-up with CarPlay - autoevolution
CarPlay has long been considered the more refined alternative to Android Auto, pretty much because Apple’s platform is said to offer better stability and usability than its Google sibling.
While this is something totally debatable, especially as far as CarPlay users occasionally coming across bugs are concerned, Apple’s in-car experience has indeed been more polished simply because the likelihood of issues has been substantially reduced due to the company’s walled garden.For example, low-quality cables are one of the main causes of problems on Android Auto, as these can lead to apps crashing all of a sudden, phones not being recognized by the head unit, or random disconnects when navigating. In the CarPlay world, problems caused by bad cables are less widespread, mostly because Apple insists for everybody to use certified cords, and low-quality ones aren’t even allowed for charging and data transfers. If you’re not planning to use a USB cable and want to stick with a wireless connection if your head unit supports it, your options in the Android Auto world are very limited too. For example, right now, wireless Android Auto is only available with a Google or Samsung smartphone running Android 10 or a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Note8 running Android 9. If you want to run wireless CarPlay in your car, any iPhone can do it. Simple as that. This is why Google is now working on resolving the whole thing, finally allowing Android Auto to bring the CarPlay-inspired convenience to its users too. With Android 11, Android Auto would be able to run wirelessly on any device as long as 5GHz Wi-Fi is supported. So just like CarPlay, you’ll be able to use any Android phone in your car for wireless Android Auto. At the same time, Google is also working on further enhancing the Android Auto experience with new apps, including tools aimed at electric vehicles. Coincidentally or not, this is something that Apple also announced earlier this year too, with the update to go live on CarPlay with the release of iOS 14 this fall. At the end of the day, both Android Auto and CarPlay are set to receive major updates, and the competition getting fiercer here can only be good news for everybody. And as Android Auto users learned the hard way, Google itself becoming more committed to this app is something that should have happened a long time ago.
Be a Part of History, Help NASA Design the Lunar Loo for the Next Mission - autoevolution
A mission in space involves more than just building rockets and training people to be able to withstand everything that goes with space travel for longer stretches. It also involves thinking about the mundane, apparently trivial stuff like being able to go to…
The topic of astronauts’ number ones and twos isn’t often discussed in the media because, well, what anyone does in the bathroom is no one else’s business. This time, though, NASA wants and needs media attention, in order to reach out to as many innovators as possible – because NASA wants their help in designing the next-generation space toilet.Or, as NASA calls it, the Lunar Loo. As of the end of last month, applications opened for the so-called Lunar Loo Challenge, which will see teams or individual innovators submitting their ideas for a new space toilet. NASA plans to put the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024, and it wants to do so with a new, smaller and more efficient toilet. Current space toilets, like the one on ISS, are made solely for microgravity. NASA wants this next generation of toilets to be for both microgravity and Lunar gravity, fit for both men and women, for both number one and number two, smaller, more silent and lighter. “Getting back to the Moon by 2024 is an ambitious goal, and NASA is already working on approaches to miniaturize and streamline the existing toilets,” reads the campaign on HeroX. “But they are also inviting ideas from the global community, knowing that they will approach the problem with a mindset different from traditional aerospace engineering.” Total prizes are $35,000 in the senior category, with first spot getting $20,000. Junior submissions will get recognition and official NASA merchandise. NASA doesn’t say exactly what that is, noting that it’s a “surprise.” Submissions are accepted until August 17 and must follow a very strict set of criteria, including a weight of no more than 15 kg (33 pounds) in Earth’s gravity, a volume no greater than 0.12 m3 and power consumption under 70 Watts. Back in the days of the Apollo program, astronauts didn’t actually have toilets, relying on plastic bags with hoses and sticky rings in order to do their business. These days, modern space toilets look like the contraptions in the video below. If you think you can do better, help NASA out and be a part of history.
Tom Cruise's Training for Space Movie Will Include Bathroom Use, Eating Solids - autoevolution
Tom Cruise is pushing 60, but you wouldn’t be able to tell based on his most recent movies – let alone from the one he has lined up. Thanks to a partnership with NASA and SpaceX, the actor will be shooting a movie in space.
This sounds like a joke but is not. Reports earlier this week mentioned the possibility of Cruise flying to space to shoot his next movie, a yet-to-be-named project. They were immediately confirmed by NASA, which said, in more or less words, that letting an actor as famous as Cruise fly to space with them was the best way to get young people interested in the space project.Since then, confirmation has come that shooting will take place on the ISS space station, but we still don’t know whether Cruise will be up there top shoot the entire movie or just scenes from it. Either way, he’s in for training unlike anything else he’s done before. Considering his career so far, that sounds almost impossible. Retired astronauts Scott Kelly, who commanded three expeditions on the ISS, and Roy Bridges Jr., who piloted the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1985, tell TMZ that, among other things, Cruise will have to re-learn to do the basics because of zero-gravity. This includes going to the bathroom, and cooking and getting food to his mouth. Blood rushing to the head and vomiting are common experiences for newbies, so Cruise will have to be prepared for that as well. And this is just on top of “standard” astronaut training, which includes getting in and out of the spacesuit, getting in and out of the capsule, and training for emergency situations and landing into the ocean upon return. That said, Cruise is bound to have a blast (pun intended), the two astronauts believe. Kelly says there’s no comparing the experiencing of flying into space, unless you consider being shot over the Niagara Falls “in a barrel while you’re on fire.” Should be a lot of fun! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2020