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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep


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Art by: Last Friday Knight


Destiny 2: Shadowkeep


After grinding their gear for over a month, the Guardians of BWC are about to embark on Destiny 2's new and fourth expansion: Shadowkeep. On the 1st of October, Destiny and Bungie, will be heading into a new future which we all are excitedly waiting for. The Shadowkeep expansion is the first created by Bungie as an independent publisher. Though one will have to buy the...
 

Borderlands 3


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Art by: Last Friday Knight

Borderlands 3



Are you a Vault Hunter? Like to get your hands on a billion guns? WAT... yep, over a BILLION guns! Well, if you are, Borderlands 3 maybe the game for you.

Borderlands 3, produced by Gearbox Software, takes place five years after the events of Borderlands 2. The game uses the Unreal 4 gaming engine and will feature gorgeous, high definition animated graphics. The
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World of Warcraft - Classic


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Art by: Byronius Monk


World of WarCraft Classic


Fifteen years after the launch of Blizzard's famous MMORPG World of Warcraft, the franchise is traveling back to where it all began. World of WarCraft Classic will be launching on the 27th of August. Classic will attempt to faithfully recreate the original World of Warcraft. The game will begin after the "Drums of War" patch which was originally released on August...
 

Summer Bash 2019


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Art by: Last Friday Knight


Summer Bash 2019


Summer has arrived and we know what that means! It is time to PARTY! Traditionally, here in BWC we call that the Summer Bash, and we also call it an EPIC Operation.

This years Summer Bash will be conducted on the 24th and 31st of August. The first part (and kickoff of the event) will center on Community Games. Community Games are games which are not supported by
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Destiny 2 - Solstice of Heroes


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Destiny 2 - Solstice of Heroes


Calling all Guardians! Have you spoken to Eva Levante? Have you meditated at the Statute of Heroes? If not, it's time to get going as the Solstice of Heroes has begun and will be running until 27 August. The event, which honors Guardian Heroes of the past, is designed to allow players to earn new armor sets which they can transfer over to the Shadowkeep expansion due...

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NASA’s Opportunity Rover Withstands Another Harsh Winter on Mars

When the Opportunity rover landed on Mars on January 25th, 2004, its mission was only meant to last for about 90 Earth days. But the little Mech that could has exceeded all expectations by remaining in operation for over 14 years and traveled a total of about 50 km (28 mi).
Basically, Opportunity has continued to remain mobile and gather scientific data 50 times longer than its designated lifespan.

And according to a recent announcement from NASA’s Mars Exploration Program (MEP), the rover managed to survive yet another winter on Mars. Having endured its eighth Martian winter in a row, and with its solar panels in encouragingly clean condition, the rover will be in good shape for the coming dust-storm season. It also means the rover lived to see its 14th anniversary, which took place on January 25th, 2018.

On Mars, a single year lasts the equivalent of 686.971 Earth days (or 1.88 Earth years). And since Mars’ axis is inclined 25.19° to its orbital plane (compared to Earth’s axial tilt of just over 23°), Mars also experiences seasons. However, these tend to last about twice as long as the seasons on Earth. And of course, the seasons on Mars’ are also much colder, with temperatures averaging about -63 °C (-82°F).


Enhanced-color view of ground sloping downward to the right in “Perseverance Valley”,
taken by the Pancam on the Opportunity rover in October of 2017.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ


At present, both the Opportunity and Spirit rover are in Mars’ southern hemisphere. Here, the Sun appears in the northern sky during the fall and winter, so the rovers need to tilt their solar-arrays northward. Back in 2004, the Spirit rover had lost the use of two of its wheels, and could therefore not maneuver out of a sand trap it had become stuck in. As such, it was unable to tilt itself northward and did not survive its fourth Martian winter (in 2009).

However, Opportunity’s current position – Perseverance Valley, a fluid-carved region on the inner slope at the edge of the Endeavour Crater – meant that it was well-positioned to keep working through late fall and early winter this year. This was ensured by the stops the rover made at energy-favorable locations, where it would inspect local rocks, examine the valley’s shape and image the surrounding area, all the while absorbing ample energy from the Sun.




Image of the floor of Endeavour Crater,
taken by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity on Nov. 11th, 2017,
about a week before Opportunity’s eighth Martian winter solstice.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ


Ten months ago, the rover entered the top of the valley, which runs eastward down the inner slope of the Endurance Crater’s western rim. Since that time, Opportunity has been conducting stops between drives at north-facing sites, which are situated along the southern edge of the channel. The rover team calls the sites “lily pads”, since these places are spots that the rover need to hop across during its mission.
This is necessary, given that Opportunity does not rely on a radioisotope thermoelectric generator like Curiosity does. While winter conditions affect the use of electrical heaters and batteries on both rovers, Opportunity is different in that it’s activities are more subject to seasonal change. Whereas Curiosity will simply allocate less energy to performing tasks in the winter, Opportunity needs to pick its routes to ensure it stays powered up.

During some of its previous winters, the Opportunity rover was not as well-situated as it currently is. During its fifth winter (2011-2012) the rover spent 19 weeks at one spot because no other places that allowed for a northward-facing tilt were available within driving distance. On the other hand, its first winter (2004-2005) was spent in the southern half of the Endurance Crater, where all grounds are favorable since they face north.




A self-portrait of the Opportunity rover shortly after dust cleared its solar panels in March 2014.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.


Another factor which can influence Opportunity‘s power supply is how much dust is in the sky and how much of it gets onto the rover’s solar arrays. This is highly-dependent on prevailing wind conditions, which can both stir up dust storms and clear away dust deposits on the rover – basically, they are a real mixed blessing! During autumn and winter in the southern-hemisphere, the skies are generally clear where Opportunity operates. Spring and summer is when the storms are most common in Mars’ southern hemisphere, though they don’t happen every year. The latest example took place in 2007, which led to a severe reduction in the amount of sunlight (and hence, solar energy) Spirit and Opportunity were able to receive. This required both rovers to enact emergency protocols and reduce the amount of operations and communications they conducted. The amount of dust on the rover’s solar arrays going into autumn can also vary from year to year. This year, the array was dustier than in all but one of the previous Martian autumns it experienced.



Image of the Opportunity rover’s front wheel, taken on June 9th, 2004,inside the Endurance Crater.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell


In the coming months, the Opportunity team hopes to investigate how the Perseverance Valley
was cut into the rim of the Endeavor crater.

With its eighth winter finished and Opportunity
still in good working order, we can expect the tenacious rover to keep turning up interesting finds on Mars. These include clues about Mars’ warmer, wetter past, which likely included a standing body of water in the Endeavor crater. And assuming conditions are favorable in the coming year, we can expect that Opportunity will continue to push the boundaries of both science and its own endurance!

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Operation Ilva
You all must have heard by now of HoppinRavens four year old daughter Ilva.
If not please refer to these two threads
http://the-bwc.com/forum/general-com...eed-of-support
http://the-bwc.com/forum/battle-divi...nd-online-much
Calling all MechWarriors
We're putting together an Op for Ilva to watch.
Op will be streamed *LIVE* and recorded by Prozone on

Wednesday May 30th 2018 @ 20:00
so Ilva can watch it over and over.
SPECIAL REQUESTS

We're told by Hoppin that Ilva loves Purple and Pink
So if you can camouflage your Mech in these colors
and place her name "Ilva" on your Mech
(Ilva means Wolf)
She would love it all the more
(this is not mandatory)
Please realize Hoppin's daughter is ill,
she may or may not be able to watch LIVE
due to Hospital, sickness or time zone.
ONE TEAM ONE FIGHT

MechWarrior Online is a supported game regiment and offers all BWC members a great opportunity for quality gaming, team building and event participation. Featuring tactical variety, fun and engaging game play mixed with competitive elements, MWO espouses the “One Team, One Fight” ethos that BWC centers itself upon perfectly.

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