Mars Perseverance

As some of you may have heard: Perseverance landed on Mars!

Okay, okay, but what exactly is Perseverance? Doesn’t NASA already have a glorified toaster on Mars?

Well, it’s not just “a glorified toaster on Mars,” Perseverance is actively searching for signs of life on Mars! The rover is even sending back pictures from Mars!

The first image from Perseverance!
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

According to NASA, “The rover’s goal is to study the site in detail for its past conditions and seek the very signs of past life,” as well as being a test run of new equipment that may be used in the future. Essentially, Perseverance is the first step toward all future Mars and space exploration missions, a true #girlboss.

One of the most important pieces of equipment on Perseverance is a dronelike helicopter: Ingenuity.

Ingenuity is about 19 inches tall and designed to be very light, as Earth’s atmosphere is much denser than that of Mars, meaning it is much more difficult for Ingenuity to fly. [do we need to link to this? might be good]

Should Ingenuity be successful on its mission, astronauts could use helicopters similar to Ingenuity in the future as scouts. [a bit confusing? wdym as scouts?]

Thankfully, both Ingenuity and Perseverance survived the Feb. 18 landing and will be doing what they do best: searching for life on Mars and moving us forward into the age of space exploration.

For more updates on Perseverance, follow it on Twitter (@NASAPersevere). While you’re there, don’t forget to follow The Hoya (@thehoya) for news that is a bit more down to Earth.

TikTok Review: October 2020

In case you missed it: The Hoya is on TikTok!

We know, we know, try to contain your excitement. 

With The Hoya’s newfound TikTok fame — we have over 100,000 likes! — we at 4E have decided it’s about time to release our top TikToks so far.  Is this list mostly subjective? Absolutely. 

Now, in no particular order, let’s move on to our favorite TikToks from The Hoya so far.

POV: Louis Tomlinson Is Your Cashier at Vital Vittles

 “its the gocard tapping for me”

With over 135,000 views and about 55,000 comments, this TikTok is clearly a fan favorite. While freshmen don’t entirely get it, any One Direction reference is always welcome. 

Georgetown Cupcake v. Baked & Wired v. Levain Bakery

 “i cant believe that georgetown cupcake vs baked and wired is a whole genre of tik toks”

Kinda rude for Levain to open up when I’m 3,000 miles away, but whatever.

Georgetown Schools as Hogwarts Houses

“congrats, you’ve given the msbros an even bigger ego”

I mean, as a fan of “Harry Potter,” which as we all know was written by Daniel Radcliffe, I appreciate the effort. However, I’m sure I speak for 99% of the Georgetown student population when I say the MSB should’ve been Slytherin.

Georgetown Campus

Last, but certainly not least, is the iconic, tear-jerking, makes-me-miss-campus-the-most TikTok of the century. Do I watch this daily to pretend we’re on campus? Absolutely. Does it make me cry every time? Yes. And what about it?