NASA’s Opportunity rover captured spectacular views of Mars
Drive on Centreville’s Hartwood Court on Halloween, and you may come across a front lawn filled with pumpkins. Noel Dickover carves more than 40 in a tradition that has grown each year. — Kris Coronado
What began as a lark in 1998 with a carving of Scooby-Doo has become a bit of an obsession for Dickover, a 44-year-old government contractor. In 2003, there were five pumpkins; in 2010, 45. And today the entire family — wife Nam, 44, son Justin, 18, and daughter Sarah, 13 — is in on the fun. He estimates that a few thousand visitors come by to see the display. Benjamin C. Tankersley/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST
NASA tried one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, but declared it dead on Feb. 13, 2019, 15 years after arriving at the Red Planet. The solar-powered rover has been silent for eight months, victim of one of the most intense dust storms in decades.