This newly retrieved medium resolution image, frame 3142_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 3 on 20 February 1967 at 15:11 GMT. I came across this at MoonViews.com:
It’s been a while since I posted anything about the geeky little martian ambassador of science known as Curiosity. To be honest, the rover has totally slipped my mind as of late. No longer! Here’s an eerie recent shot that NASA released, of the Martian surface.
Looking Back at Entry Into ‘Yellowknife Bay’
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity used its left Navigation Camera to record this view of the step down into a shallow depression called “Yellowknife Bay.” It took the image on the 125th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Dec. 12, 2012), just after finishing that sol’s drive. The Sol 125 drive entered Yellowknife Bay and covered about 86 feet (26.1 meters). The descent into the basin crossed a step about 2 feet (half a meter) high, visible in the upper half of this image.
Out of all the mostly consumable dank forest dwelling forms of life, Mushrooms have it bad. True they are probably the bet known mostly consumable dank forest life form, but they have long been subject to offensive name calling and bullying due to their apparent phallic looking appearance.
If you’re a mushroom that has been the victim of such hurtful behaviour, you have A Brief History of Mycological Illustrationhttp://www.huh.harvard.edu/libraries/mycology/Myco_illustration.htm to blame. Harvard recently posted the illustrations with a breakdown of their historical significance in the world of scientific research.
For mushroom people, this probably fills in some blanks for you. It doesn’t make the bulling hurt less, but it does provide some closure as to how it started and why. Here’s an example:
Smashing twin probe satellites into the moon at extreme speeds is sexy as hell… It’s not surprising that the tail end of NASA’s GAIL mission, in which the twin research probes Ebb and Flow were smashed into the lunar surface, is what is getting most if the project’s public attention.
It’s going to be a while before we start see the data acquired from the impacts trickle out from NASA, but keep in mind that the kamikaze robots were doing a lot more than working up the nerve to crash during their year in the lunar orbit. Ebb and Flow’s primary objective was to survey and map the moon’s gravity field with unprecedented detail and scope. The best part though, is that the data from this portion of the mission is available now.
The colourful images below we’re released by NASA today and paint a pretty spectacular picture of the entire Lunar Gravity Field:
These two images show variations in the Moon’s gravity field as observed by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) during its primary mapping mission from March to May 2012. The top image shows a portion of the far side of the Moon (right) and a portion of the nearside (left). At bottom is a Mercator projection of the complete lunar surface – the far side is at center and the nearside at far left as well as far right. Precise microwave measurements between the washing machine sized spacecraft, named Ebb and Flow, were used to map the lunar gravity with high precision and high spatial resolution. Measurements are three to five orders of magnitude improved over previous data. Here, red corresponds to mass excesses (mountains, for example) and blue corresponds to mass deficiencies (lowlands). The spherical red splotch on the top photo, just left of center, is seen at left center on the Mercator view, and the bull’s-eye-like object at upper right of the top photo is at upper left-center on the bottom image (a little above and to the right of the red splotch). Note that there’s more small-scale detail on the far side of the Moon compared to the near side since the far side has considerably more small impact craters. Data from Ebb and Flow will help to provide a better understanding of how Earth and other terrestrial planets in the solar system formed and evolved.
Digital media and print media really don’t get along very well. Video has made a pretty smooth and natural feeling transition… Music had a bit of a tougher time thanks to Napster and Lars Ulrich, but it eventually made the leap… With print, people just don’t want to let it go. To those people I say, have faith in the economics behind your consumption. If you and someone else love a good ol’ paperback and you demonstrate that love by buying paperbacks, you’re going to still get paperbacks… You can still buy records and push-mowers can’t you?
I don’t really care what happens to the printed medium, but there is one aspect I’ll miss: Science magazines. They’re cheap, shiny, and have perfected the use of white-space which, if you recall, is a huge turn on for me. Anyway, with the possibility that the extinction event for shiny magazines is on the horizon, I feel I should share my stimulating finds from print in the form of Quick-Quips.
Leading off is some of the science behind the equipment Felix Baumgartner used for his Stratos jump, straight from Science Illustrated:
When I was younger the only time we had the Internet was when a free AOL 30 day trial disc came in the mail. As a kid, if I was lucky, I could go online about 60 days per year. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds. The Internet was a very different place back then… Not nearly as resourceful as it is now; I still had to use my Encarta CD Rom to do research for school projects.
There were some familiar faces though… All of which deserve credit for making it through the internet’s ugly awkward teenager phase. Here are a few archived screenshots of those awkward years courtesy of TecheBlog: