Great video of how the moon became pockmarked with meteor impacts over the course of a few billion years. It appears NASA forgot there is no sound in space...LaughingSquid.via
A perfect space motto:
"They cannot tell us no!get the MP3 from They cannot tell us not to go! If NASA says no, then we'll do it on our own. We'll build our own rocket and go to space alone!"Amazon or give it to a friend with PopToken.
The orbits are not from gravity, but from electrical charge. How amazing is that? via BoingBoing.
see more excellent science fiction paintings by Stanley von Medvey at his BagTaggar gallery.
Being a Sidewalk Astronomer isn't really about "joining" anything - it's about embracing a philosophy and acting on it. Ask John Dobson, founder of the Sidewalk Astronomers, how he became interested in astronomy and he'll answer, "I was born!" People have a natural fascination with the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars, but to most it's something they read about in a magazine or see on television. We stop people on sidewalks and let them see the craters of the Moon, the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, or the spots on the Sun. For just a moment, they have a personal connection with the universe around them, and sometimes life seems a little better after that.
We call it "urban guerilla astronomy."more at SF Sidewalk Astronomers.
This is big news. This makes the probability of finding life on other planets much higher. It also means there are a bunch of options when it comes to colonizing other planets. The skinny:
"Astronomers have calculated the likelihood of finding Earth-like planets around other stars using the latest data from the Kepler mission."The "About one-third of FGK stars are predicted to have at least one terrestrial, habitable-zone planet."article at TechnologyReview (published by MIT)http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/27198/
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Of course the moon trips were more than just science, but this video of astronauts demonstrating the principle that all objects fall at the same velocity in a vacuum ON THE FUCKING MOON shows NASA's devotion to scientific experimentation.
"Jesus H Christ in a chicken basket," indeed.
I've been fantasizing about doing this on the moon or mars. I'm overjoyed to hear someone has created a working prototype that uses solar light to melt sand to create structures.Markus Kayser of the Solar Sinter ProjectThink of the possibilities. You plop this automated machine on the moon and it cranks out airtight sealed tunnels for lunar colonies to live in. There would be no need to transport the living space, which is expensive, and the people living in the containers could wait until the automated construction has completed making the prospect safer. Not only that, thick glass and stone is effective radiation shielding. On Mars, the containers wouldn't need to be super air tight if they were used for farms. Just add a little heat to the room and plants should thrive since they don't depend upon oxygen like we do. The breakthrough would be when this device can create a quality lenses with the found materials. Then it could concentrate even more sunlight or make duplicates of itself. Beautiful! My hat is off to
Here's a beautiful photo of the shuttle passing through the atmosphere back to Earth. The photo was taken from the International Space Station.via NASA image of the day
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