THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay District Health Unit announced nine new COVID-19 cases Sunday, with active cases ticking back upward slightly for the first time in over a week.
Two of the newest cases were tied to an outbreak at the Thunder Bay District Jail, where there have now been 106 total cases reported.
Another new case was associated with an outbreak at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre, where 76 have been reported.
Four other new cases had no known exposure, while an exposure category for the remaining two cases was pending.
Eight of the cases were in the Thunder Bay area, while one was in an unspecified district community.
Active cases in the district rose by five, to 112, with four previous cases now declared resolved.
One person was newly hospitalized with the virus, the health unit reported, making for a total of three district individuals in hospital with COVID-19. Two of those people were in the Intensive Care Unit as of Sunday morning.
The district had recorded a cumulative total of 1,060 confirmed cases as of Sunday. Of those, 921 were considered resolved, 112 were active, while 27 deaths were attributed to the virus.
NASA’s Perseverance Rover successfully lands on Mars – TASS
NEW YORK, February 19. /TASS/. The US Perseverance Rover has successfully touched down on Mars and sent two pictures back to Earth almost immediately, NASA reported Thursday.
“Touchdown confirmed,” the broadcast commentator said. The space agency clarified that it had already received two images from the planet.
The landing took almost “seven minutes of terror” as NASA calls it in an automatic regime due to a delay in command transmission.
“I’m safe on Mars. Perseverance will get you anywhere,” the rover ‘tweeted’ after the touchdown.
The landing was planned to take place near the Jezero Crater. A full check of Perseverance’s systems and equipment is expected shortly after.
NASA specialists seek to use the rover to detect traces of life on Mars from long ago. Perseverance will also gather rock and ground samples in 40 special containers, while most of them will be collected by another rover in 2026. NASA expects that the samples will be eventually delivered to Earth in the 2030s.
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A Manitoba company helped ensure that a recent mission to Mars landed successfully.
Canadian Photonic Labs, based in Minnedosa, supplied their Mega Speed high-speed cameras to help NASA as it was preparing to launch and land the Perseverance Rover, which successfully touched down on the Red Planet last week.
The company, which launched in 1995, creates high-speed cameras that are used to capture clear images from objects travelling at high rates of speed.
“We played a small part, but it was an important part, because you have to get the data,” said Mark Wahoski, president and founder of Canadian Photonic Labs. “It’s happening so fast that the human eye can’t see it. So, you need to slow time down.”
More than 20 of the cameras are in use at SuperSonic Navel Ordinance Research Track in China Lake, California. The track, which includes a sled that can launch items at speeds past the sound barrier, is used to test advanced products from organizations such as NASA and Lockheed Martin.
(Image submitted by Mark Wahoski)
“When you’re testing these items that are so expensive, and are so complicated to do, people pay attention on what equipment is actually working,” Wahoski said.
Wahoski said the cameras were used to help NASA test its decelerator and parachute, which were used to land Perseverance safely on Mars, in the years prior to the launch.
(Image submitted by Mark Wahoski)
“When you’re going to Mars, there’s a lot of complex things that need to work out besides even just getting there,” he said, noting that approximately half of all missions to Mars fail because of an incorrect landing or missing the planet altogether.
Perseverance was launched on July 30, 2020, and safely landed on Mars on Feb. 18. According to NASA, the rover is the most sophisticated rover to land on Mars, and is looking for signs of ancient life on the planet.
Wahoski said seeing Perseverance landing successfully was incredible to watch, and he is proud of his staff and the NASA engineers.
“We tend to forget about it, but when you think back on it, it’s just super, super cool,” he said. “You get super stoked.
“Where it really hits you is (that) we’ve had a lot of friends comment on it. When they wish you well, that’s when your heart goes out.”
Canadian Photonic Labs already has a new mission with NASA lined up. Wahoski said the company is providing equipment for a project involving a large vacuum chamber.
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