Categories
BLOG

lotto max 18 mars

Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Mars digger bites the dust after two years on red planet

FILE – This Dec. 6, 2018 image made available by NASA shows the InSight lander. The scene was assembled from 11 photos taken using its robotic arm. On Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, NASA declared the craft dead after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature. (NASA via AP)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA declared the Mars digger dead Thursday after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature.

Scientists in Germany spent two years trying to get their heat probe, dubbed the mole, to drill into the Martian crust. But the 16-inch-long (40-centimetre) device that is part of NASA’s InSight lander couldn’t gain enough friction in the red dirt. It was supposed to bury 16 feet (5 metres) into Mars, but only drilled down a couple of feet (about a half meter).

Following one last unsuccessful attempt to hammer itself down over the weekend with 500 strokes, the team called it quits.

“We’ve given it everything we’ve got, but Mars and our heroic mole remain incompatible,” said the German Space Agency’s Tilman Spohn, the lead scientist for the experiment.

The effort will benefit future excavation efforts at Mars, he added in a statement. Astronauts one day may need to dig into Mars, according to NASA, in search of frozen water for drinking or making fuel, or signs of past microscopic life.

The mole’s design was based on Martian soil examined by previous spacecraft. That turned out nothing like the clumpy dirt encountered this time.

InSight’s French seismometer, meanwhile, has recorded nearly 500 Marsquakes, while the lander’s weather station is providing daily reports. On Tuesday, the high was 17 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 8 degrees Celsius) and the low was minus 56 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 49 degrees Celsius) at Mars’ Elysium Planitia, an equatorial plain.

The lander recently was granted a two-year extension for scientific work, now lasting until the end of 2022.

InSight landed on Mars in November 2018. It will be joined by NASA’s newest rover, Perseverance, which will attempt a touchdown on Feb. 18. The Curiosity rover has been roaming Mars since 2012.

NASA declared the Mars digger dead Thursday after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature.

Toronto woman wins $60-million Lotto Max jackpot with numbers husband dreamt of 20 years ago

Kayla Goodfield Multi-Platform Writer, CTV News Toronto

TORONTO — After playing the same lottery numbers for 20 years that came to her husband in a dream, a 57-year-old Toronto woman is $60 million richer.

“All the hardship is over now,” Deng Pravatoudom said through a translator while accepting her giant cheque on Monday.

Pravatoudom immigrated to Canada from Laos in 1980, along with her 14 siblings.

“My family was sponsored by a local church and because we had nothing, I am thankful for the great support they provided us over the years,” she said.

“My husband and I have worked long hours as general labourers for over 40 years, trying to save what we could for our family.”

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the mother of two adult children and grandmother to two grandchildren was laid off from her job last spring.

While unemployed and praying her luck would turn around, Pravatoudom continued to play the same lottery numbers she had been for the past two decades, which she said came to her husband one night in a dream.

Then, one day after leaving her temple she went to a nearby mall on Yonge Street in North York for some errands and checked her latest Lotto Max ticket. She found out she had won a “Free Play” ticket and decided to add “Encore.”

“I couldn’t believe a few days later that free ticket would be worth $60 million,” she said.

And, it was her husband who got to tell her the great news.

“I went to line up at the bank. I gave the ticket to my husband to check. After I came out to the car, that’s when he told me,” she said.

Pravatoudom said she was “ecstatically happy and crying at the same time” when she found out she won the $60-million jackpot from the Dec. 1, 2020 draw.

“I have always prayed for a blessing that my family would be taken care of.”

With the big winnings, Pravatoudom said her and her husband plan to move out of their apartment and buy a house, pay off some bills, help out their family, and travel once it is safe to do so.

“With this money I will be capable of helping my children out more, whatever they want I will be able to buy it for them, a car and new clothes,” she said, adding “not like before when I was unable to help them out as much.”

As a special treat, Pravatoudom added she will also be buying herself some diamonds.

Deng Pravatoudom, 57, is seen after winning the $60 million Lotto Max jackpot. (OLG)

After playing the same lottery numbers for 20 years that came to her husband in a dream, a 57-year-old Toronto woman is $60 million richer. ]]>