Mars is alluring, yes. But why do we fail to recognize the benefits and opportunities our celestial companion has to offer us?
When I was eight years old, the universe opened up for me. It was 1981, and NASA’s Voyager spacecraft had beamed back photos of Saturn. It was the most beautiful thing that I’d ever seen. I can remember standing outside at school one day and looking up at the clouds that were slowly passing over
Okay, I’ve been lax (understatement of the year) about writing any new posts.
Why? Well, first of all, I’m a procrastinator. I also get distracted by bright, shiny things.
Space: The final frontier These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise Its 5 year mission To explore strange new worlds To seek out new life and new civilizations To boldly go where no man has gone before — Star Trek I’ve always loved Star Trek. It’s a series with a hopeful message, for the
On Wednesday, October 15, 1997, at 4:43 a.m. EDT, the Cassini-Huygens probe was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It’s destination: Saturn. It first took orbit around the beautiful ringed planet on June 30, 2004. Four years later, the mission was over. At least its initial mission. Following its success (Huygens actually pierced the atmosphere of
Happy Dark Sky Week! The next time it’s a clear night, go outside, look up. What do you see? Is the sky really black? Or is it orange? Dark blue? How many stars do you see? I’m guessing you can count them. Have you ever wondered why we call our galaxy the Milky Way? It
Recently it was announced that the U.S. sequester (which has resulted in budget cuts right across all U.S. governmental departments) had cut all public outreach programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It turns out that this may have been a slight exaggeration; a knee-jerk reaction to any expenditure cuts to the once-popular
Some beautiful rain on the sun . . . I could watch this for hours.
As you may know by now, I am fascinated with the night sky. Actually, come to think of it, I am fascinated with the sky, period. I always walk looking up. Hell, I hate to admit it, but on occasion I’ve even been caught looking up while driving. I can’t help it. There are clouds
I love astronomy. I don’t know why, but looking up at the stars makes me so incredibly happy. It is the one thing that brings me great peace. Corny, but true. My favourite things in the universe, however, are nebulae. These star-forming regions contain gas and dust and seem like works of art hanging in