Today’s “the future is cool” entry is the cliffs of insanity:
Actually, I’m lying to you, they’re the Cliffs of Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko, as photographed by the Rosetta spacecraft. I just think its cool similar they look, and how the physical processes which created the Cliffs of Moher may also have been at work on a comet.
Which we sent a spacecraft to go photograph.
The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project needs help to recover data from the Lunar Orbiter spacecraft.
Frankly, it’s a bit of a disgrace that Congress funds, well, all sorts of things, over this element of our history, but that’s besides the point. Do I want to get angry, or do I want to see this data preserved? Yes to both.
That’s why I’ve given the project some money on Rockethub, and I urge you to do the same.
Neil Armstrong died August 25, aged 82.
It’s difficult to properly memorialize this man, because, to a degree almost unheard of in our media-saturated times, he avoided the limelight. A statement by his family notes:
As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life.
EC has a certain fondness for privacy and for Apollo. If you do, too, please consider this suggestion made by Armstrong’s family:
For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.
Image source: NASA
Today, April 12, 2011 is the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic first flight. Why not join a celebration? Invite to the Kremlin event via Xeni Jardin.
NASA claims that:
At least four distinct plumes of water ice spew out from the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus in this dramatically illuminated image.
Light reflected off Saturn is illuminating the surface of the moon while the sun, almost directly behind Enceladus, is backlighting the plumes. See Bursting at the Seams to learn more about Enceladus and its plumes.
But they can’t fool me. That’s no moon, that’s a battle station.
This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day, or sol, of its mission. (March 8, 2004)
Credit: NASA Goadard’s flickr stream.