A bonus was the fact that Mars is nearing its closest approach to the Earth, so it appears larger than usual to us.
In the weeks before and after opposition, Mars is easy to view with the naked eye. So what happens, then, when you point humanity’s most famous telescope at it?
Behold Mars, the cheddar-colored marble.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs doled out more than $142 million in bonuses to executives and employees for performance in 2014 even as scandals over veterans’ health care and other issues racked the agency.
Among the recipients were claims processors in a Philadelphia benefits office that investigators dubbed the worst in the country last year. They received $300 to $900 each. Managers in Tomah, Wis., got $1,000 to $4,000, even though they oversaw the over-prescription of opiates to veterans – one of whom died.
The VA also rewarded off-site executives managing a Denver building project that veered $1 billion over budget, USA Today reports.
Citing data provided by GOP Florida Rep. Jeff Miller’s House Veterans Affairs Committee, the newspaper reports a total of 156,000 executives, managers and workers collected bonuses for their 2014 performance, with payments ranging $8 to as much as $12,705, with the average totaling $909.