NASA’s March 23 announcement of evidence of the past presence of “a body of gently flowing saltwater” on Mars is big news for America, and giant news for seafood fans. In January, Long John Silver’s offered to give America free Giant Shrimp if NASA found conclusive evidence of an ocean on Mars. To celebrate the success of NASA’s Mars Rover project, the company is going to give America free Giant Shrimp on Monday, May 10. “This is the big announcement that Long John Silver’s has been waiting for since January – that there is evidence of a past salty sea on Mars,” said Mike Baker, Chief Marketing Officer for Long John Silver’s, Inc. “We can’t wait to celebrate NASA’s out-of-this-world success, and there’s no better way to recognize their giant accomplishments than with free Giant Shrimp for America.”
NASA Finds Ocean Water on Mars! Long John Silver’s Gives America Free Giant Shrimp to Celebrate Business Wire
Giant Shrimp Debuts at Long John Silver’s; America Watches for NASA News of Conclusive Evidence of Ocean Water on Mars; If Found by Feb. 29, America Gets Free Giant Shrimp on March 15 Business Wire
It’s giant news when the world’s largest quick-service seafood chain introduces its biggest shrimp ever. Long John Silver’s is introducing the new, nearly-half-foot-long Giant Shrimp to America this week. Long John Silver’s Giant Shrimp have been in the news since mid-January, when company President Steve Davis sent a letter to NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, offering to give America free Giant Shrimp if NASA’s Mars Rover finds conclusive evidence of an ocean on Mars by Feb. 29. The giveaway would take place on March 15, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Twice the ‘Opportunity’ on Mars? Landing of Second Rover Gives America Twice the Opportunity for Free Giant Shrimp from Long John Silver’s Business Wire
With NASA’s Mars Rover “Opportunity” making a successful landing in Meridiani Planum on Sunday, January 25, America now has a second opportunity to enjoy free Giant Shrimp from Long John Silver’s. Long John Silver’s announced on January 16 that it will give America free Giant Shrimp if NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover project finds conclusive evidence of an ocean on Mars by February 29, 2004. With the successful landing of a second Rover, America can now pull for either “Spirit” or “Opportunity” to find conclusive evidence of an ocean.
Voice communication is essential to any manned exploration of Mars, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has already completed a successful test involving IP telephony. A distributed IP PBX from Shoreline Communications, the specialist in enterprise IP voice systems(TM), provided the infrastructure linking the Utah desert test site with NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. and NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The test site was one of the desert and arctic habitat facilities maintained by the Mars Society — a private international organization dedicated to the exploration of the Red Planet — to simulate harsh conditions on such remote planetary surfaces. Any voice system used by NASA in the Mars Mobile Agents pilot faced a number of challenges, including:
Speedera Networks, a leading global provider of on-demand distributed application and content delivery services, and Capcave, an Internet systems integrator based in the Netherlands, today announced that the two organizations are working directly with the European Space Agency (ESA) to provide live streaming of the Mars Express probe scheduled to arrive on Mars at Christmas. “Mars Express has been designed to perform a thorough exploration of the Red Planet, not only searching for water but daring to search for life itself,” said Fulvio Drigani, ESA’s portal manager. “The Web site is key to bringing this ambitious project home to the viewers on Earth. Since we expect record traffic to our site, after a rigorous examination ESA has selected Speedera and Capcave to stream this historic event.”
Steven G. Murdock, president and CEO of Meade Instruments, said: “The Mars opposition had a positive impact on second-quarter results, driving an increase in sales of mid-priced and higher-priced telescopes. These increases, however, were offset by a significant decrease in small telescope sales due, in part, to conservative purchasing patterns by certain of our domestic dealers. Sales at the Simmons subsidiary, acquired in October 2002, came in as expected at approximately $8.0 million for the quarter.
Andrews Space and Technology Successfully Completes Compression Experiments in World’s Largest Pulse Power Machine Business Wire
Andrews Space & Technology (AS&T) successfully demonstrated the fundamental operating principles of a propulsion system that could dramatically affect interplanetary space travel, shortening round trips to Mars from two years to six months and making future trips to Jupiter and back a two-year affair. AS&T tested the Company’s Mini-Mag Orion propulsion concept by completing two magnetic compression technology experiments in the world’s largest pulse power machine under a NASA Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract. In cooperation with Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Washington’s Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, AS&T successfully verified the process of compressing solid matter to high densities in an electromagnetic field. A space propulsion system using the same processes would have the same thrust as the Space Shuttle Main Engine, but be fifty (50) times more efficient.