NASA open-sources its mini Mars rover, turns out to be a son of a (r)Pi

NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) developed a mini version of the Mars Curiosity Rover, and open sourced the design and software used. The source is hosted at the agency’s Github account.

The project uses mostly consumer off-the-shelf parts. One of them is a Raspberry Pi, used as the “brain” of the rover.

From the Github repo:

JPL is always looking to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and roboticists to help us explore and learn about our solar system (and beyond!). We release the plans for this rover as a way to try and give budding enthusiasts a fun robotics project that will help teach them and get them involved in robotics sooner and at a lower cost.

If you were looking for your next DIY project, look no more.

TESS is officially looking for exoplanets

Step aside, Kepler, TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) is in town and ready to discover more exoplanets (planets outside of our solar system) and closer to “home”.

From Engadget:

TESS is a follow-up to Kepler, a spacecraft that has spent the last nine years searching for Earth-like exoplanets near Sun-like stars. Though it may be on its last legs, Kepler has already found 2,650 confirmed exoplanets and even more are expected to be discovered from the data it has collected. But Kepler was designed to focus on a small section of the sky and while it spotted many exoplanets, a lot of them were very far away from Earth. TESS, however, will eventually map about 85 percent of the sky and it will attempt to spot exoplanets a bit closer to Earth — which allow other telescopes to study them more thoroughly.

All I can say is: send alien nudes.

How to get good font rendering in Void Linux

This post lacks an example image because I’ve recovered it from a backup (with only text and no image) and I’m not using Void Linux at the moment. If you follow this guide and decide to share an image, I’ll gladly use it here and give you credit.

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