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High-res redcloud:

Bow chicka bow wow.

Now that it is history, debates abound about the overall value of the shuttle program. There’s the valid argument that it actually derailed our space exploration by focusing us on visits to LEO. Monetary costs were exponentially higher than predicted. Two shuttles were destroyed and the human costs are incalculable with the loss of 14 astronauts.
But, when all is said and done, no one will ever debate that fact that they were totally fucking cool.

redcloud:

Bow chicka bow wow.

Now that it is history, debates abound about the overall value of the shuttle program. There’s the valid argument that it actually derailed our space exploration by focusing us on visits to LEO. Monetary costs were exponentially higher than predicted. Two shuttles were destroyed and the human costs are incalculable with the loss of 14 astronauts.

But, when all is said and done, no one will ever debate that fact that they were totally fucking cool.

Radiolab Podcast - The (Multi) Universe(s)

So… this was a good way to wake up my brain on the drive to work this morning.

I kind of hate Brian Greene a little bit - but not always… just sometimes. I think it’s because I find the tone of his voice to be constantly condescending. It doesn’t help that Robert Krulwich is pretending to be dumber than he actually is (perhaps for the audience’s sake?).

(Yes. This is 5 years old. I’m a bit behind on my podcasts. So sue me.)

garyschroeder:

Flown Saturn V Engines Recovered from Atlantic

So I just learned that bazillionaire Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos funded a salvage mission to recover spent Saturn V parts from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Bezos’ team has indeed located two Saturn F-1 engines from a depth of almost three miles. The specific engines have not yet been positively identified but they may belong to S-1C-6, the first stage of the Saturn V which launched Apollo 11. If so, this would be amazing. The only hardware to return from that mission are some pressure suits and the Command Module Columbia. Having more physical remnants by which to remember that historic mission would be wonderful.

News release from Bezos Expeditions.

As long as Bezos continues to do great things like this with his money, I’ll continue to make Amazon my first choice for every online purchase.

(via itsfullofstars)

High-res colchrishadfield:

Finger Lakes, New York. Glaciers clawed them into the earth as they retreated during the last Ice Age.

Top to bottom (West to East): Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles.
Ithaca, with all its academics and hippies and organic nut butters and donkey-footed tow-truck drivers, sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake (on the left, in this picture).
It’s only about 100 minutes away from me, which I realize is not very far in the grand scheme of long distance relationships - particularly as I’ve watched so many of you through the years endure entire oceans and continents worth of separation - but as these weeks go by and our relationship continues to flourish, that short distance only seems to grow further.
We’ve seen each other for the past seven weekends in a row, and they’ve all been great, but I’m eagerly looking forward to finally seeing what Heather looks like on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Hopefully soon.

colchrishadfield:

Finger Lakes, New York. Glaciers clawed them into the earth as they retreated during the last Ice Age.

Top to bottom (West to East): Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles.

Ithaca, with all its academics and hippies and organic nut butters and donkey-footed tow-truck drivers, sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake (on the left, in this picture).

It’s only about 100 minutes away from me, which I realize is not very far in the grand scheme of long distance relationships - particularly as I’ve watched so many of you through the years endure entire oceans and continents worth of separation - but as these weeks go by and our relationship continues to flourish, that short distance only seems to grow further.

We’ve seen each other for the past seven weekends in a row, and they’ve all been great, but I’m eagerly looking forward to finally seeing what Heather looks like on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Hopefully soon.

High-res thebearsdarling:

my 12 yo homeschooled daughter did this. She is a budding artist and is ADHD and has Aspergers.
She loves science and has loved watching the NASA exploration of Mars.Drawing and art is her passion, and how she wants to make a living when she grows up.She calls it “Lonely Curiosity” It is her artist interpretation of how the Sun is going to block Mars and Earth for the month of April, and how NASA won’t be able to communicate with the Curiosity Rover for the whole month. Please, if you like this… reblog it, and let’s see if we can get NASA to take notice, and maybe also get it on the radar of tumblr.

thebearsdarling:

my 12 yo homeschooled daughter did this. She is a budding artist and is ADHD and has Aspergers.


She loves science and has loved watching the NASA exploration of Mars.

Drawing and art is her passion, and how she wants to make a living when she grows up.

She calls it “Lonely Curiosity”

It is her artist interpretation of how the Sun is going to block Mars and Earth for the month of April, and how NASA won’t be able to communicate with the Curiosity Rover for the whole month.

Please, if you like this… reblog it, and let’s see if we can get NASA to take notice, and maybe also get it on the radar of tumblr.

(via biscuit-tornado)

rartastic:

steelopus:

tbridge:

physicsphysics:

An interesting model of our solar system’s path as it travels through space in the Milky Way.
Certainly a departure from usual models that show the Sun as a static object, which it certainly isn’t

This is badass.

This is perfect. I wish I knew where I could find the original video. It looks like it could be a NOVA animation, as it is very high quality.
Thinking of the solar system in this way is very satisfying for me. I can’t really explain it, but staring at this just makes me feel calm. We’re all just along for the ride.

Hey guys, did you see this? Contains two videos and some debunking. While cool, the animation is apparently wrong in some ways that astrophysicists care about deeply. (hat tip to robkaas)

The only thing I love more than science is SCIENCE!
Thanks Rachel!

rartastic:

steelopus:

tbridge:

physicsphysics:

An interesting model of our solar system’s path as it travels through space in the Milky Way.

Certainly a departure from usual models that show the Sun as a static object, which it certainly isn’t

This is badass.

This is perfect. I wish I knew where I could find the original video. It looks like it could be a NOVA animation, as it is very high quality.

Thinking of the solar system in this way is very satisfying for me. I can’t really explain it, but staring at this just makes me feel calm. We’re all just along for the ride.

Hey guys, did you see this? Contains two videos and some debunking. While cool, the animation is apparently wrong in some ways that astrophysicists care about deeply. (hat tip to robkaas)

The only thing I love more than science is SCIENCE!

Thanks Rachel!

(via cirquedurartastic)

tbridge:

physicsphysics:

An interesting model of our solar system’s path as it travels through space in the Milky Way.
Certainly a departure from usual models that show the Sun as a static object, which it certainly isn’t

This is badass.

This is perfect. I wish I knew where I could find the original video. It looks like it could be a NOVA animation, as it is very high quality.
Thinking of the solar system in this way is very satisfying for me. I can’t really explain it, but staring at this just makes me feel calm. We’re all just along for the ride.

tbridge:

physicsphysics:

An interesting model of our solar system’s path as it travels through space in the Milky Way.

Certainly a departure from usual models that show the Sun as a static object, which it certainly isn’t

This is badass.

This is perfect. I wish I knew where I could find the original video. It looks like it could be a NOVA animation, as it is very high quality.

Thinking of the solar system in this way is very satisfying for me. I can’t really explain it, but staring at this just makes me feel calm. We’re all just along for the ride.

Curiosity Rover’s Self Portrait at ‘John Klein’ Drilling Site by NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr.

 This rectangular version of a self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013). The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called “John Klein,” which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by Curiosity. The self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site. The rover’s robotic arm is not visible in the mosaic. MAHLI, which took the component images for this mosaic, is mounted on a turret at the end of the arm. Wrist motions and turret rotations on the arm allowed MAHLI to acquire the mosaic’s component images. The arm was positioned out of the shot in the images or portions of images used in the mosaic.

Hi, Curiosity!

Curiosity Rover’s Self Portrait at ‘John Klein’ Drilling Site by NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr.

This rectangular version of a self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013).

The rover is positioned at a patch of flat outcrop called “John Klein,” which was selected as the site for the first rock-drilling activities by Curiosity. The self-portrait was acquired to document the drilling site.

The rover’s robotic arm is not visible in the mosaic. MAHLI, which took the component images for this mosaic, is mounted on a turret at the end of the arm. Wrist motions and turret rotations on the arm allowed MAHLI to acquire the mosaic’s component images. The arm was positioned out of the shot in the images or portions of images used in the mosaic.

Hi, Curiosity!