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Mars Exploration Rover NASA's twin rovers, named Spirit and Opportunity, launched separately in 2003 and landed three weeks apart in January 2004. They made important discoveries about wet environments on ancient Mars that may have been favorable for supporting microbial life. Although Spirit ceased communicating with Earth in March 2010, Opportunity continues its work on the Red Planet.
Drum Set Is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments set up to be played by a single player. The first recognizable ancestors of the modern drum kit were born in the Vaudeville era.
Electric Bass Guitar Is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb by plucking, slapping, popping, tapping, thumping, or picking with a plectrum. Popular music bands and rock groups use the bass guitar as part of the rhythm section to provide the chord sequence or progression and sets out the beat for the song.
Electric Lead Guitar Is the featured guitar which plays melody lines, instrumental fill passages, guitar solos, and occasionally, some riffs within a song structure.
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York opened in 1986. Named after Senator Jacob K. Javits (US Senator District 1957-1981), the glass-enclosed building was designed by I.M. Pei & Partners. Javits is the busiest convention center in the United States attracting top tradeshows and hosting more than 2.5 million visitors annually. In 2013 the Center completed a major renovation that includes a new roof, replacement of the exterior glass wall, upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems and interior reconfigurations. Designed by Javits II Architecture, LLC, the renovation has enhanced the visitor experience and the building’s operational efficiency while remaining true to the original design concepts.
Has large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are among the fastest flying insects in the world capable of attaining speeds of more than 40 miles per hour. They are important predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants and wasps. They are usually found around marshes, lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands.
Comprises a group of more than 900 types of often hairy and very large arachnids. Most species of tarantulas are not dangerous to humans and some species have even become popular in the exotic pet trade. Their prey are insects, rodents and even small birds. In the wild, female tarantulas can live for more than 30 years.
The name is derived from the large and distinctive mandibles found on the males that resemble the antlers of stags. It is the largest terrestrial insect in Europe. Males use their jaws to wrestle each other for favored mating sites in a manner that parallels the way stags fight over females.
This predatory arachnid has eight legs and is easily recognized by a pair of grasping claws and a narrow segmented tail that is often carried in a characteristic forward curve over its back, ending with a venomous stinger. Scorpions can grow as large as 20 cm. Their venom has a fearsome reputation but only about 25 out of almost 1500 species are known to have venom capable of killing a human.
The name comes from the Greek word meaning prophet because they appear to be praying when their forelegs are clasped together. They are carnivorous and are equipped with sharp spines along their front legs to grasp prey. The mantis is a very unique insect in that it can turn its head 180 degrees, has only one ear and some are large enough to capture humming birds.
Ferries form a part of the public transport systems of many waterside cities and islands. The world’s busiest ferry route is the Staten Island Ferry which shuttles commuters between Manhattan and Staten Island in New York City. However, the Washington State Ferry system operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States with 22 ferries that cross Puget Sound and its inland waterways, carrying over 23 million passengers.
The First Space Shuttle built was the Enterprise. It was built by Rockwell International to be used by NASA for test flights in the atmosphere. The Enterprise had been designed so it could be refitted and used for orbital flight. However, this plan proved too expensive and so it was decided to simply build a new shuttle called Challenger. The Enterprise now resides in the Intrepid Museum in New York City.