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Thursday Scoop: Mission Over

💕Plus, happy Valentine’s Day!



It’s mission complete for the rover. (image: Pixabay)

The big story…

Mission Ends for Opportunity Rover Sent to Mars

NASA announced Wednesday that the Opportunity rover sent to Mars 15 years ago is no longer responding, marking the end of its mission. CNN reports, “The agency held a news conference to detail the results of recovery efforts since a dust storm encircled Mars last year. ‘For more than a decade, Opportunity has been an icon in the field of planetary exploration, teaching us about Mars’ ancient past as a wet, potentially habitable planet and revealing uncharted Martian landscapes,’ said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.” Opportunity hasn’t responded to engineers since June 10. Due to dust blocking sunlight, the solar-powered rover has been unable to recharge. Engineers have attempted to revive Opportunity, sending repair commands, but the rover never responded.

In government…

FEMA Director Brock Long Resigns

Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Brock Long announced yesterday his plans to step down, ending his two-year tenure with the organization. Brock was the subject of controversy a few months ago after it was found that he used government vehicles and personnel to drive between his home and FEMA headquarters.

In national news…

Parkland Anniversary Draws National Attention

It’s been a year since a gunman at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School opened fire, killing 17 people. Today, the country takes another look at the shooting that changed everything and the people who made the change.

In sports…

Joe Flacco to Leave the Baltimore Ravens for the Denver Broncos

Although not official, insider sources say that the Ravens will be trading QB Joe Flacco to the Broncos, leaving the Baltimore team with Lamar Jackson as quarterback.

Trending today…

Frozen 2 Trailer

There are no words. Literally, nobody speaks.

Last but not least…

Podcast Review: ‘The Future Beats Show’

The Future Beats Show podcast is an EDM and lo-fi hip-hop mixture of new mixes and songs. These podcasts are all put together by London DJ Complexion, and so far he has made 199 episodes. All of the episodes can be found on Soundcloud and Mixcloud to listen to for free. Each episode runs for about two hours and contains little to no talking and lyrics. Each episode runs for about two hours and contains almost no narration or lyrics. Read more in Devin Townsend’s report for CMN.

Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Devin TownsendNatalia Kolenko, and the CMN Staff. Happy Valentine’s Day! We don’t love the day, but we do love the chocolate. P.S. Was this newsletter forwarded by a friend? Subscribe here to get the Morning Scoop straight to your inbox every day.


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Grace Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she studied Nonfiction Writing and Psychology. When she's not obsessively reading or writing about the news, you can probably find her eating too much pizza and watching When Harry Met Sally for the hundredth time.

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