I’ve been following the progress of the Philae lander this week with all of the excitement I felt as a kid when the Space Shuttle launched for the first time. When you think about it, this is quite an accomplishment Continue reading
As I come up for air from the re-write of my first book – with an eye toward submitting it somewhere – I realized again I’m lagging on adding any posts. Continue reading
I absolutely loved the new Cosmos that aired on six (six!!) stations tonight. It was just incredible, and a total flashback to my childhood watching Continue reading
By now, unless you live under a rock or something along those lines, you’ve likely seen this amazing picture somewhere on the internet:
This is a photo taken by the Mars Curiosity rover. The semiautonomous, rugged exploration robot has mapped out all kinds of terrain for well over a year on Mars. Finally, the techies at NASA elected to direct it to look skyward.
I find this kind of thing compelling. As a space junkie, I’ve seen the mosaic by Cassini of the various planets viewed from the icy orbit of Saturn. This picture, however, fires my imagination a bit more.
The space.com website noted both the Earth and Moon were visible in this picture, which I copied from the Curiosity’s Twitter feed. I can’t resolve two bright points, but that’s irrelevant. What got me excited was the notion that I could – with proper equipment – stand on that very spot on Mars and see the exact same sight. It’s the same level of excitement as seeing Jupiter or Saturn from Earth, but raised an exponent.
This demonstrates how far we’ve come, in a picture.
Now here’s a thought for you: every single person who ever lived or is living right now – everyone you know, everyone you love – is in that picture.
As promised in the plug for this blog (“Science, Fiction, and Science Fiction”), I finally have some science stuff to offer you all. Like the nerd that I am, I like to browse the scientific offerings of the internet. I also don’t care Continue reading
I just read this article on io9, one of my favorite sites for gaining SciFi inspiration for my writing. Continue reading