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NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover uses A.I. Laser Targeting for studying Mars

 

Written by Andrew Good
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Artificial intelligence is changing how we study Mars.

A.I. software on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has helped it zap dozens of laser targets on the Red Planet this past year, becoming a frequent science tool when the ground team was out of contact with the spacecraft. This same software has proven useful enough that it’s already scheduled for NASA’s upcoming mission, Mars 2020.

A new paper in Science: Robotics looks at how the software has performed since rolling out to Curiosity’s science team in May 2016. The AEGIS software, or Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science, has been used to direct Curiosity’s ChemCam instrument 54 times since then. It’s used on almost every drive when the power resources are available for it, according to the paper’s authors.

This is how AEGIS sees the Martian surface. All targets found by the A.I. program are outlined: blue targets are rejected, while red are retained. The top-ranked target is shaded green; if there's a second-ranked target, it's shaded orange. These NavCam images have been contrast-balanced. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This is how AEGIS sees the Martian surface. All targets found by the A.I. program are outlined: blue targets are rejected, while red are retained. The top-ranked target is shaded green; if there’s a second-ranked target, it’s shaded orange. These NavCam images have been contrast-balanced. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Nashville Sounds fall at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 3-1

 

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Nashville SoundsOklahoma City, OK – The struggles continued for the Nashville Sounds in a 3-1 loss to the Oklahoma City Dodgers Sunday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The loss sent the Sounds to their first four-game sweep in nearly a year.

In what became a theme over the four-game set, the pitching kept Nashville (36-39) in the game but the hitting scuffled as the Sounds left 10 runners on base and went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Starter Corey Walter allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings, but Oklahoma City’s Justin Masterson limited Nashville to one run in 5 2/3 innings.

Nashville Sounds Outscored 25-9 in Four-Game Series with Oklahoma City Dodgers. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Outscored 25-9 in Four-Game Series with Oklahoma City Dodgers. (Nashville Sounds)

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Summer Heat Jumpstarts Tennessee’s Growing Season

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee’s wet and muddy spring quickly gave way to a hot and sunny summer. For the state’s farmers and for the customers who wait anxiously for seasonal you-pick farms and farmers markets to open, the race is on to fill buckets, market booths, pantries and home freezers with local produce.

Fruits in particular have relatively brief growing seasons, and the recent turn in the weather caused blueberry and blackberry crops to ripen rapidly. Early peaches are available at some Tennessee orchards.

Black Berries

Black Berries

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Land Between the Lakes Quota Deer Hunt Applications Available July 1st-31st

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – Hunters can apply for Quota Deer Hunts at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area from July 1st-31st, 2017. Potential applicants will find the application link and additional information at https://landbetweenthelakes.us/seendo/outdoor-rec/hunting

Hunters may also call 270.924.2065 to apply by phone, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm. Application fees are $5.00 online and $7.00 by phone.

Land Between the Lakes to beging accepting Quota Deer Hunt Applications June 30th.

Land Between the Lakes to beging accepting Quota Deer Hunt Applications June 30th.

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Red River Breeze to perform at the Roxy Regional Theatre, July 22nd

 

Clarskville's Roxy Regional TheatreClarksville, TN – On Saturday, July 22nd, 2017, Travel back in time to the age of the troubadours to experience “Merrie Market Music” with a Celtic flair, performed by popular local music group Red River Breeze at the Roxy Regional Theatre. The concert starts at 7:00pm.

Featuring Stephanie Taylor on hammered dulcimer, recorders and bodhran; Melanie Beck on fiddle, bouzouki and mandolin; Vanessa Green on Irish whistle, guitar and harp; Esther Sooter on cello and vocals; David Magers on guitar, hammered dulcimer, djembe and vocals; and Nate Wojociechowski on djembe and hammered dulcimer.

Red River Breeze in concert at Clarksville's Roxy Regional Theatre, July 22th, 2017.

Red River Breeze in concert at Clarksville’s Roxy Regional Theatre, July 22th, 2017.

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Clarksville-Montgomery County Recertification Refresher Class at Agero

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification ProgramMontgomery County, TN – On Tuesday, June 20th, Agero hosted the Clarksville-Montgomery County’s Green Certification Program’s refresher class. Thirty-one attendees representing many of the organizations that originally certified in 2013 and 2015 participated in the class.

The class reviewed the latest environmental concerns in our community, discussed the impacts on the environment, and shared their ideas and continued improvements within their own organizations.

CMC Green Certification Program 2017 Refresher Class group.

CMC Green Certification Program 2017 Refresher Class group.

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Tennessee Board of Regents approves 2.6 percent increase in In-State Tuition Rates

 

Tennessee Board of Regents - TBRHarriman, TN – The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved a 2.6 percent increase in in-state tuition rates at its community and technical colleges for 2017-18.

Except for one year when the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology asked for a small increase in fees rather than tuition, it is the lowest increase for the community and technical colleges combined since 1991-92.  It is the third consecutive year of tuition hikes of 4 percent or less – the TBR system’s lowest three-year increase in decades.

Students at Tennessee Board of Regents institutions face lowest tuition increase in nearly 25 years.

Students at Tennessee Board of Regents institutions face lowest tuition increase in nearly 25 years.

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Fort Campbell ‘Peacekeeper’ Battalion welcomes new commander

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers of the 716th Military Police Battalion “Peacekeepers,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., participated in a change of command ceremony, June 15th, at the division parade field, here.

During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Michael A. Johnston, the outgoing commander, relinquished command of the 716th MP Bn, which is assigned to the 16th MP Bde., on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Lt. Col. S. Joel Schuldt, the incoming commander.

Col. Eugenia Guilmartin, commander of the 16th Military Police Brigade, hands Lt. Col. S. Joel Schuldt, commander of the 716th MP Battalion assigned to the 16th MP Bde. and attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., the battalion colors during the change of command ceremony, June 15, 2017, at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

Col. Eugenia Guilmartin, commander of the 16th Military Police Brigade, hands Lt. Col. S. Joel Schuldt, commander of the 716th MP Battalion assigned to the 16th MP Bde. and attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., the battalion colors during the change of command ceremony, June 15, 2017, at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)n

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NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover cruises near rim of Endeavour Crater

 

Written by Laurie Cantillo / Dwayne Brown
NASA Headquarters

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – NASA’s senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind.

Those scenarios are among the possible explanations rover-team scientists are considering for features seen just outside the crater rim’s crest above “Perseverance Valley,” which is carved into the inner slope of the rim.

The team plans to drive Opportunity down Perseverance Valley after completing a “walkabout” survey of the area above it.

The Pancam on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took the component images of this enhanced-color scene during the mission's "walkabout" survey of an area just above the top of "Perseverance Valley," in preparation for driving down the valley. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.)

The Pancam on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took the component images of this enhanced-color scene during the mission’s “walkabout” survey of an area just above the top of “Perseverance Valley,” in preparation for driving down the valley. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.)

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Nashville Sounds suffer 4-1 loss at Oklahoma City Dodgers

 

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Nashville SoundsOklahoma City, OK – The Nashville Sounds (36-38) matched the Oklahoma City Dodgers with six hits Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, but failed to convert chances as the home team took the victory, 4-1.

Sounds centerfielder Jaff Decker, 2-for-4, provided the team’s lone run in the game with a solo home run in the fifth off Oklahoma City starter Wilmer Font (6-4).

Opposite Font was right-handed pitcher Ben Bracewell (0-1) manning the bump for Nashville in his Triple-A debut. The 26-year-old used 74 pitches to collect four strikeouts over four innings and walk three.

Nashville Sounds’ Jaff Decker Goes Deep, 2-for-4; Ben Bracewell Debuts. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds’ Jaff Decker Goes Deep, 2-for-4; Ben Bracewell Debuts. (Nashville Sounds)

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