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The Juno spacecraft, owned by NASA and operated by JPL-Caltech, SwRI and MSSS, captured this stupendous image of Jupiter whilst under the control of Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran.

Its been going viral as the clods at this moment are a hotbed of pareidolian heaven. Some see a reclining lady, some see a squid and others… see other patterns.

Whatever you see, it is undeniable that the beauty is breathtaking, to say the least.

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These towering tendrils of cosmic dust and gas sit at the heart of M16, or the Eagle Nebula. The aptly named Pillars of Creation, featured in this stunning Hubble image, are part of an active star-forming region within the nebula and hide newborn stars in their wispy columns.

Although this is not Hubble’s first image of this iconic feature of the Eagle Nebula, it is the most detailed. The blue colors in the image represent oxygen, red is sulfur, and green represents both nitrogen and hydrogen. The pillars are bathed in the scorching ultraviolet light from a cluster of young stars located just outside the frame. The winds from these stars are slowly eroding the towers of gas and dust.

Stretching roughly 4 to 5 light-years, the Pillars of Creation are a fascinating but relatively small feature of the entire Eagle Nebula, which spans 70 by 55 light-years. The nebula, discovered in 1745 by the Swiss astronomer Jean-Philippe Loys de Chéseaux, is located 7,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Serpens. With an apparent magnitude of 6, the Eagle Nebula can be spotted through a small telescope and is best viewed during July. A large telescope and optimal viewing conditions are necessary to resolve the Pillars of Creation.

Credits: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Such power to astound, doth Mother Nature have.

I want to go there.

Really.

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Created using still images taken by the Cassini spacecraft during it’s flyby of Jupiter and while at Saturn. Shown is Io and Europa over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/CICLOPS/Kevin M. Gill

Fabulous! Thanks, Kevin!

God, Mother Nature is majestic beyond words…

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49 years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to set foot on another heavenly body. In honor of that I thought I’d post an iconic image of Buzz standing at the base of the Lunar Lander “Eagle” photographed by Neil.

via o-blivia’s reblogging of space-pics’ post.

Love Buzz. Love Neil. Love, love, love.

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This is thrilling!

Gotta be some nifty critters over there, eh?! Bit of a hike, though.

We could get there if the world prioritizes nicely.

Like that’s gonna happen.

I’m sure it will someday.

For now, this short little clip spanning quite a few yarn will serve nicely in the Soul boosting division.

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This is a blast from my past… the blog is What’s All This, Then and it was May 3, 2009.

Those were heady days and I was even worse than I sometimes am today!

Apollo anomalies were all the rage and there were some really good ones.

Here goes.

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This is a crop of the somewhat notorious Apollo 17 image AS17-137-20925HR. Why notorious? It’s that green thing. Some have been so bold as to suggest it’s some sort of lifeform. Since this is the moon, I’m not too sure about that conjecture… Although it has been shown that the moon has an atmosphere and water ice, there doesn’t appear to be a heck of a lot of water around this locale. Be that as it may… there this thing is. Note that it is not at all required to do any enhancing to the original photo in order to see our green friend. Nope, it stands right out… in a pretty deep shadow no less. As if it’s actually self-luminous. High strangeness, indeed.

An unknown form of living thing is a bit more likely than some sort of alien device doing who knows what…

For the image here, I started with a version with enhanced gamma, although I don’t remember where I got it. (I have such a backlog of these things to write about… sheesh.). I elevated the brightness and contrast by 30 each to get the lighting up to snuff and approach daylight a bit. [No pixels were harmed in the making of this picture.]

Nice purple mineral it’s sitting on, by the way. Food, maybe? Like the NY Lottery ads say, “Hey, you never know.” Life out there doesn’t necessarily have to follow our dogma. If you said 50 years ago that there were creatures on Earth that live 2 miles down and eat rocks, you know what would’ve happened, right? Right.

It would be so sad if the anomaly is a film defect, but of course it could be, can’t leave that out no matter how doubtful the scenario, the film being custom made expressly for the lunar program. Nothing remotely like it has appeared before or since.

So… being the romantic nut that I am, I vote for… High Strangeness.

Update 5/20/09: added image below. For this version, only brightness was applied to the original hi-res image as released to the public. This is to better show you the very interesting colors at the tip of this object and what may well be projections in the tip area.
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And that ended the post.

I wanted to add the original photo from the mission and I wanted to use the latest Photoshop Camera Raw plug in to enhance it again, just to see. This plug in adjusts pixel levels to increase or decrease the exposure and adjust the highlights, shadows, contrast and such. What is there is there, what is not is not. Do note that the anomaly is actually visible in the raw, unaltered image in the original photograph.

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Original, untouched. 300dpi. (Thanks NASA!)

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Camera Raw to see in that hole.

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My crop and I increased dpi to 1200.

And how about them apples?

What, I still ask, in the name of God is that?

Ponder it, eh?

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15 frames from Ryugu.

Hope we get some without the Sun trying the cameras exposure systems.

MINERVA-II1 rovers send images from asteroid Ryugu

SciNews
Published on Sep 27, 2018

JAXA’s Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2” deployed the MINERVA-II1 rovers to explore the surface of asteroid Ryugu on 21 September 2018. The MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, Rover-1A and Rover-1B, both landed on the surface of asteroid Ryugu and sent back images and a short movie. Credit : JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, Aizu University, AIST

So nice… so very, very nice. =D

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The one above has been corrected for angle and another parameter I can’t think of right now by Jason Major for JAXA.

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All images by JAXA.

These are the first set of images taken of the surface of an asteroid … from the surface of the asteroid!

Asteroid Ryugu, to be precise, an oddly cube-shaped rock. There are two rovers… see my previous post.

I am excited to say the least.

I hope you are, too!

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Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin

Recent tectonics on Mars

The prominent trenches that can be seen in this Mars Express image of the Cerberus Fossae system in the Elysium Planitia region, were formed by faults that pulled the planet’s surface apart less than 10 million years ago.

Read more.

Source: esa.int

I love Mars. I’d rather be there than here. Humans are an unpleasant lifeform.

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GREETINGS FROM RYUGU One of the MINERVA-II1 rovers snapped this picture while hopping across the surface of asteroid Ryugu on September 21. The gray material is the asteroid, and the bright spot is sunlight.

The first rovers to explore the surface of an asteroid have landed. After touching down September 21, the vehicles took pictures of asteroid Ryugu and at least one hopped around.

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft, which arrived at the near-Earth asteroid on June 27 after a journey of more than three years, released the MINERVA-II1 container from a height of about 60 meters (SN Online: 6/27/18). The container then released two 18-centimeter-wide, cylindrical rovers. Because Ryugu’s gravity is so weak, the rovers can hop using rotating motors that generate a torque and send them airborne for about 15 minutes.

Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency released the first blurry, otherworldly pictures from the rovers on September 22. One image appears to have been taken midhop.

Japan sent its first MINERVA rover with the original Hayabusa mission, which reached asteroid Itokawa in 2005, but that rover missed the asteroid and was lost in space. “I was so moved to see these small rovers successfully explore an asteroid surface because we could not achieve this at the time of Hayabusa 13 years ago,” wrote Hayabusa2’s project mission manager, Makoto Yoshikawa, on the mission’s webpage.

A German and French rover, also aboard Hayabusa2, is set to deploy to Ryugu on October 4. MASCOT will join the MINERVA-II1 rovers in measuring the asteroid’s composition, temperature and magnetic properties. A third MINERVA-II rover is scheduled to land sometime in 2019.

Later in October, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft is scheduled to touch down at a spot near the asteroid’s equator to gather a sample of dust, before returning to orbit. Depending on how that sample collection goes, the craft may try to collect two more samples from different parts of the asteroid. If successful, the spacecraft will send the asteroid dust back to Earth, to arrive in 2020.

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TWO OF A KIND The twin MINERVA-II1 rovers, called Rover-1A (back) and Rover-1B (foreground), are shown exploring Ryugu in this illustration.

Hayabusa2 Project.

L. Grossman. Here’s where the Hayabusa2 spacecraft will land on the asteroid Ryugu. Science News Online, August 23, 2018.

M. Temming. Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft arrives at the asteroid Ryugu. Science News Online, June 27, 2018.

Ooh I am loving this! The exploration of space has been entrenched in my core and Soul since I was a very young boy and it is never going to stop thrilling my bones.

Space!

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NASA’s Opportunity rover appears as a blip in the center of this square. This image taken by HiRISE, a high-resolution camera onboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the dust storm over Perseverance Valley has substantially cleared. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
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NASA still hasn’t heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again.

A new image produced by HiRISE, a high-resolution camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), shows a small object on the slopes of the Red Planet’s Perseverance Valley. That object is Opportunity, which was descending into the Martian valley when a dust storm swept over the region a little more than 100 days ago.

The storm was one of several that stirred up enough dust to enshroud most of the Red Planet and block sunlight from reaching the surface. The lack of sunlight caused the solar-powered Opportunity to go into hibernation.

The rover’s team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, hasn’t heard from it since. On Sept. 11, JPL began increasing the frequency of commands it beams to the 14-year-old rover.

The tau — a measurement of how much sunlight reaches the surface — over Opportunity was estimated to be a little higher than 10 during some points during the dust storm. The tau has steadily fallen in the last several months. On Thursday, Sept. 20, when this image was taken, tau was estimated to be about 1.3 by MRO’s Mars Color Imager camera.

This image was produced from about 166 miles (267 kilometers) above the Martian surface. The white box marks a 154-foot-wide (47-meter-wide) area centered on the rover.

The University of Arizona in Tucson operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., in Boulder, Colorado. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

For more, visit:
https://www.uahirise.org/ESP_056955_1775

Updates about Opportunity can be found here:
https://mars.nasa.gov/mer/mission/status.html

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Andrew Good
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
818-393-2433
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Oh, man, I do hope my lil buddy comes back to life!

Fabulous news! And it’s going to return samples!

Here’s a little quickie for ya…

Japanese Probe Deploys Robots to Land on Asteroid Ryugu

VideoFromSpace
Published on Sep 21, 2018

JAXA’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft deployed two little “rovers” called MINERVA-II1A and MINERVA-II1B to land on the surface of asteroid Ryugu on Sept. 21, 2018. — Full Story: https://www.space.com/41898-hayabusa2… Credit: Space.com / footage coutesy: JAXA / produced and edited by Steve Spaleta

This one’s got a lot more mission details and a timeline of events:

JAPAN LANDS 2 MINI ROVERS ON ASTEROID RYUGU

R U Ready?
Published on Sep 20, 2018

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft dropped two mini rovers onto the asteroid Ryugu this week. The Hayabusa2 team began prepping seriously for the epic maneuver last week. The current schedule calls for the mother ship to descend toward Ryugu and for the two little disk-shaped robots, known as MINERVA-II1A and MINERVA-II1B, to deploy. sources: space.com global.jaxa.jp nasa.gov music: Long Note Two by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/…) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-… Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Ooh, this is gonna be good … and it also gives me reason to stay amongst the living. Because space!

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Life on Mars, Curiosity Rover

Martian Archaeology
Published on Sep 11, 2018

NASA has found life on Mars they just won’t confirm it until they can return a sample to Earth. pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/data… mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-ima…

This is actually a pretty nice video. Only real anomalies, nicely presented with no sensationalist fanfare.

Just as it should be.

I do feel — strongly — that many of the things we have seen up there are indeed fossils.

I have no truck with NASA, though, unlike many. Science  requires them to be sure, they cannot “youtube” us, for that would ruin everything. That said I have been rather upset with them in the past, when they had some sort of agenda, probably forced upon them by libular slimeworms.

They’ve been doing great since that all ended.

Exciting times lie ahead!

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A wonderful old Martian favorite. It is intriguing, don’tcha think?

Is it? Or is it not? I really want to know. Really.

And I am more confident than ever that someday we will know.

Hopefully I’ll be around to get the update.

I love Mars. It’s just so full of wonder, how could one not?

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Happy 100th birthday to Katherine Johnson!

Johnson is an black American mathematician who’s work with orbital mechanics proved critical to the success of early NASA missions.  Her work included calculating trajectories, launch windows, and emergency return paths for Project Mercury, the rendezvous paths for the Apollo Command and Lunar Module on it’s trip to the Moon, and her work was pivotal during the development of the Space Shuttle program.

She was initially hired on at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) as a human computer, but her knowledge of analytic geometry helped her move up to an aerospace technologist.  Once NACA was folded into NASA in 1958, Johnson worked in the Spacecraft Controls Branch, and she was often called by management to verify electronic computations.

In 2015, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama for her instrumental work with NASA.  In 2016, a brand new building at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, was named after her.  The Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility began operations in 2017.

This lovely genius taught von Braun’s boffins how to fly! LOLOLOL — How cool is that?

I salute you, dear Lady!

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The blue spots are areas of water ice on the surface of the moon. Image credit NASA/JPL.

Pleased as punch to see that there are quite a few of them… and that bodes well for manned exploration and base stations in the future.

The image shows the distribution of surface ice at the Moon’s south pole (left) and north pole (right), detected by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument. Blue represents the ice locations, plotted over an image of the lunar surface, where the gray scale corresponds to surface temperature (darker representing colder areas and lighter shades indicating warmer zones). The ice is concentrated at the darkest and coldest locations, in the shadows of craters. This is the first time scientists have directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface.

This post is basically the article at JPL, which is linked below.

NEWS | AUGUST 20, 2018

Ice Confirmed at the Moon’s Poles

In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface. These ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly be ancient. At the southern pole, most of the ice is concentrated at lunar craters, while the northern pole’s ice is more widely, but sparsely spread.

A team of scientists, led by Shuai Li of the University of Hawaii and Brown University and including Richard Elphic from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, used data from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument to identify three specific signatures that definitively prove there is water ice at the surface of the Moon.

M3, aboard the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, launched in 2008 by the Indian Space Research Organization, was uniquely equipped to confirm the presence of solid ice on the Moon. It collected data that not only picked up the reflective properties we’d expect from ice, but was able to directly measure the distinctive way its molecules absorb infrared light, so it can differentiate between liquid water or vapor and solid ice.

Most of the newfound water ice lies in the shadows of craters near the poles, where the warmest temperatures never reach above minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of the very small tilt of the Moon’s rotation axis, sunlight never reaches these regions.

Previous observations indirectly found possible signs of surface ice at the lunar south pole, but these could have been explained by other phenomena, such as unusually reflective lunar soil.

With enough ice sitting at the surface — within the top few millimeters — water would possibly be accessible as a resource for future expeditions to explore and even stay on the Moon, and potentially easier to access than the water detected beneath the Moon’s surface.

Learning more about this ice, how it got there, and how it interacts with the larger lunar environment will be a key mission focus for NASA and commercial partners, as we endeavor to return to and explore our closest neighbor, the Moon.

The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on August 20, 2018.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, designed and built the moon mineralogy mapper instrument and was home to its project manager.

This is excellent news!

Sorry I am a couple of days late in posting.

Forgive me, you know I ain’t right in the head…

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Possible critter remnant? Or critter byproduct remnant? Credit NASA/JPL

Tiny “terlet,” maybe? J/K. Sort of.

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The latest. Good enough for them to take a second look! Only happened once before. Credit NASA/JPL All pics here.

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Unfortunately… a false alarm… just a rock. Albeit the gol dang coolest rock we’ve seen in a long, long time!

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Nice hole, eh? Credit NASA/JPL

We need boots on the ground.

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NASA’s TESS Catches a Comet

NASA Goddard
Published on Aug 6, 2018

This video is compiled from a series of images taken on July 25 by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. The angular extent of the widest field of view is six degrees. Visible in the images are the comet C/2018 N1, asteroids, variable stars, asteroids and reflected light from Mars. TESS is expected to find thousands of planets around other nearby stars.

Read more: www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/…

This video is public domain and, along with supporting multimedia, may be downloaded from NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio at: svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/13030

Video credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology/NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Lead Producer Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems Inc.): Technical Support Claire Saravia (NASA/GSFC): Lead Public Affairs Officer Jeanette Kazmierczak (University of Maryland College Park): Lead Science Writer Padi Boyd (NASA/GSFC): Scientist

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This is pretty darn cool… short but jam packed with great info for our knowledge banks.

Dig it.

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#OTD in 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, then a graduate student, discovered pulsars. The discovery garnered a Nobel Prize just six years after it was announced in 1968 — but Burnell’s supervisor got the prize instead of her. #PulsarWeek

Another stolen prize. The supervisor needs at the very least a right solid bitchslap that would knock some common decency into the feeble excuse for a brainpan.

This genius girl did the work. She obviously has thirty or forty times the twerps brain power. And I would have loved to have known her back then. Ahem. Yes, well. But damn it I hate when there is this sort of injustice and it is rife.

But the truth is known, Ms Burnell! We know that YOU did it… not that mook.

Carry on, eh.

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V-2 Rocket Launch, 1943

The V-2 rocket was developed in Germany during WWII – its technical name was Aggregat 4 (A4), but the name used in general parlance was Vergeltungswaffe 2 (Retribution Weapon 2) or ‘vengeance weapon’ – as it was assigned to attack allied cities in retaliation for allied fire bombings perpetrated against heavily populated German cities.

Although it was the the world’s first long-range strategic missile, it was also a major technological breakthrough in the development of large rockets. Innovations included a rocket engine burning liquid oxygen and alcohol, pioneered use of turbo-pumps to pressure-feed the propellants into the rocket’s combustion chamber, a radio guidance system, and a gyroscopic system which corrected any course deviations.

After WWII, several V-2 rockets were appropriated by the US and the USSR and became the ultimate rocket teaching tool for both states and their individual space programs. On 24 October 1946, the first photo from space was taken from a V-2 launched by US scientists.

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Awesome. Just awesome.

It was a good thing that we got von Braun and most of the scientists.

Ironic that thanks to the lamest politics in history we now have to hitch a ride from the other side. Sigh. I hope the situation will be repaired post haste. I believe it will, but you never know.

We need to be in space!

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Martian Sand worms, Dragons, Towns and Vegetation

GreyFace
Published on Jul 27, 2018

Found these things recently in Mars satellite pictures. A giant slug like creature or should I say giant sandworm. A dragon like creature with huge wings and tail or neck, wing size 5 meters across, A huge harbor / atoll ruins now, but it looks artificial, with straight lines and strange tower like structures in the corners. A Martian town, that is just sitting out in nowhere. There are no similar objects in the area, looks like small houses. A Crash, a big size of a mountain have crumbled down due to the impact of some unidentified object, one half of the object is still sticking out. Strange black spots spreading like bacteria across the surf

GreyFace is ATS member Spacespider and he or she sometimes makes these videos to compile the long hours of scouring the surface for the good stuff. Most enjoyable. The “dragon” is completely lost on me.

Much of this brings back memories of the late J. P. Skipper, who got himself quite truly lost in the depths of interpretation and interpolation of low-res imagery — but, gol dang if he didn’t get a heckuva lot of us going in the search for anomalies in space and that is most assuredly a noble thing to have done.

I remember that my Fortean science Hero, the late, great Sir Arthur C. Clarke got his paredolia on with the infamous trees… like many of us did, me included, so, hey, good company, what? And God damn if they didn’t look just like it.

Sigh… Days of wonder, they were.

Note that I AM STILL intrigued by that “vegetation.” It may be exactly that. Note also that it is seasonal and that we can’t see it so well from orbit. Especially on the awful Google Earth. (Which does, however, have links to the real pictures.)

The thread for this vid is here.

High resolution is so important. Boots on the ground even more so.

enjoy and

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This is a crop from this shot:

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spotted by BlueShift of ATS, I’m pretty sure, anyway, (my memory is going away), but it was a good while ago.

I will leave it up to you to have a guess as to what this, umm, “rock,” really might be.

I have some nifty thoughts tucked away. It just looks too much like a …

Dig it?

I love Mars. There are fossils layin’ out on the ground, man. I want to go there. Boots on the ground, eh. Maybe my eyes can even be fixed by then…

Prayin’ for it.

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I am loving this. Space has always been tops in my book of thrills and when we get close like this it excites the hell outta me.

I wonder what we will find there, what sort of life calls Titan home?

It is all so cool… I want to go!

Enjoy

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The American flag heralds the flight of Apollo 11, the first Lunar landing mission. The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifted off with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., at 9:32 am EDT on July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.

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Heroe’s Heroes, these brave men.

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Oumuamua

This is Oumuamua.

A visitor from outside of our solar system. At first thought to be just a weird looking rock. Until it started to do things that rocks don’t do.

And that, as you might imagine, is music to my ears.

Sadly we will never know the reality as it is now long gone, but man… this is some awesome high strangeness!

Cigar-shaped Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua – is Speeding Up!

CoconutScienceLab
Published on Jun 27, 2018

More space news and info at: http://www.coconutsciencelab.com – observatories including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope found that the interstellar object named ‘Oumuamua gained an extra boost of speed, which likely comes from comet-like jets of gas. Please rate and comment, thanks! Credit: NASA GSFC, Katrina Jackson Music credit: “Midlands” by Marc Barrachina Sanchez [SGAE]; El Murmullo Sarao SGAE, Universal Sarao SGAE; SaraoMusic; Killer Tracks Production Music

Speeding up is relative, really, but it is still outside of normal behavioral bounds. And we like that. Meanwhile… They’re still struggling to comprehend what this thing was. Comet? Maybe. Maybe something else entirely.

Mysterious Oumuamua now considered a comet, not an asteroid

KHON2 News
Published on Jun 27, 2018

Months of analysis led scientists to change their mind. A paper published Wednesday announced their new assessment: Oumuamua is not an asteroid, but a comet, albeit an unusual one.

Our dear resident science boffin does a good job here explaining what was up with this… thing.

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That’s the thing though. Scientists are actually fascinated by this thing. It’s weird. It’s a visitor from “out there.” Really, really out there.

At first it looked like a rock. It sure acted like a rock. An oddly shaped rock, but a rock. Then, holy crap, it should be slowing down more than it is. What the hell?! Rocks don’t do that!

But “consumer science” sets in, and now it’s “speeding up.” Because “not speeding up like it should”, is boring. For some reason.

Or, they never took a physics class.

Phage is a good man.

It’s stuff like this that makes me want to stay amongst the living, so, Thanks, Mother Nature, keep ‘em coming.

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one of three taken by the Longjiang-2 microsatellite

One of three taken by the Chinese Longjiang-2 microsatellite.

It is amazing to think we all live on that little thing — and we think it’s so big from down here.

Nice one, Team Longjiang, damn nice … y’all rock on, now, y’hear?!

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Ryugu

Be square!

Figure 2 shows Ryugu photographed with the ONC-T (Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic) on June 24, at around 00:01 JST. The appearance of the surface has now become much clearer. The distance between the spacecraft and the asteroid when this photo was taken was about 40 km.

Figure 2: Asteroid Ryugu photographed by the ONC-T on June 24, 2018 at around 00:01 JST.
Credit : JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, Aizu University, AIST

Comment by Project Manager, Yuichi Tsuda

The shape of Ryugu is now revealed. From a distance, Ryugu initially appeared round, then gradually turned into a square before becoming a beautiful shape similar to fluorite [known as the ‘firefly stone’ in Japanese]. Now, craters are visible, rocks are visible and the geographical features are seen to vary from place to place. This form of Ryugu is scientifically surprising and also poses a few engineering challenges.

First of all, the rotation axis of the asteroid is perpendicular to the orbit. This fact increases the degrees of freedom for landing and the rover decent operations. On the other hand, there is a peak in the vicinity of the equator and a number of large craters, which makes the selection of the landing points both interesting and difficult. Globally, the asteroid also has a shape like fluorite (or maybe an abacus bead?). This means we expect the direction of the gravitational force on the wide areas of the asteroid surface to not point directly down. We therefore need a detailed investigation of these properties to formulate our future operation plans.

The Project Team is fascinated by the appearance of Ryugu and morale is rising at the prospect of this challenge. Together with all of you, we have become the first eyewitnesses to see asteroid Ryugu. I feel this amazing honor as we proceed with the mission operations.

Hayabusa2 Project
2018.06.25

I can’t wait till the little rovers go down there amongst those rocks.

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Mars is just too cool.

The image is, of course, from NASA/JPL.

Sand dunes often accumulate in the floors of craters. In this region of Lyot Crater, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows a field of classic barchan dunes on Jan. 24, 2018. Just to the south of the group of barchan dunes is one large dune with a more complex structure. This particular dune, appearing like turquoise blue in enhanced color, is made of finer material and/or has a different composition than the surrounding. The map is projected above at a scale of 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) per pixel. [The original image scale is 34.7 centimeters (13.7 inches) per pixel (with 1 x 1 binning); objects on the order of 104 centimeters (40.9 inches) across are resolved.] North is up.

Learn more and get a 14MB TIFF at  www.nasa.gov…

be well

 

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The ultramarine waters of Lake Cuowomo add color to the landscape in Ngamring County, a remote section of the Tibet Autonomous Region in China. This lake, among others in Tibet, were favorite sites of NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly during his “Year in Space” mission in 2015-16.

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29°47’39.2″N, 86°56’27.0″E

Source imagery: DigitalGlobe

via dailyoverview

Fabulous.

I am a sciency git, then.

Sci-Tech Universe

Moon Saturn Occultation, Duration: 48 seconds
April 11 12:50pm

The Moon and Saturn filmed together ( 1.2 Billion km apart tho ). Captured from Perth, Western Australia, just on dawn.

captured by: Colin Legg Photography

Nice job, Mr. Legg!

Good shootin,’ man.

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Looking for Life As (we think) We Know It: Enceladus and Europa

KISSCaltech
Published on Sep 17, 2015

Watch Professor Jonathan Lunine from Cornell University talk about life in exotic non aqueous environments of Enceladus and Europa. This lecture was presented at the Keck Institute for Space Studies (Caltech) as part of “Don’t Follow (Just) the Water: Does Life Occur in Non-Aqueous Media?” workshop on September 16, 2015.

This is a hardcore science lecture… if the idea of us going there excites you like it does me; and if you are a high-ranking geek as I am, then you will dig this. YMMV

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Voyager Captures Sounds of Interstellar Space

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Published on Sep 6, 2013

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft captured these sounds of interstellar space. Voyager 1’s plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma, or ionized gas, from October to November 2012 and April to May 2013.

The graphic shows the frequency of the waves, which indicate the density of the plasma. Colors indicate the intensity of the waves, or how “loud” they are. Red indicates the loudest waves and blue indicates the weakest. The soundtrack reproduces the amplitude and frequency of the plasma waves as “heard” by Voyager 1.

The waves detected by the instrument antennas can be simply amplified and played through a speaker. These frequencies are within the range heard by human ears. Scientists noticed that each occurrence involved a rising tone. The dashed line indicates that the rising tones follow the same slope. This means a continuously increasing density. When scientists extrapolated this line even further back in time (not shown), they deduced that Voyager 1 first encountered interstellar plasma in August 2012.

The Voyager spacecraft were built and continue to be operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. The Voyager missions are a part of NASA’s Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. For more information about Voyager, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/voyager and http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Iowa

Seriously… we live in marvelous times.

Why not ban war and explore the hell out of everything?

We’re waiting…

peace

 

Well, not quite a Sikorsky, but drones are beautiful, too, eh! WooHoo!

NASA Mars Helicopter Technology Demonstration

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Published on May 11, 2018

The Mars Helicopter is a technology demonstration that will travel to the Red Planet with the Mars 2020 rover. It will attempt controlled flight in Mars’ thin atmosphere, which may enable more ambitious missions in the future. For more information, visit https://go.nasa.gov/2IC8tIh

I was referred to this short piece from a thread called NASA will send a Helicopter to Mars in 2020 by our gortex [Knight of Ni Member Registered: 8/16/2009 Location: Valles Marineris Mood: Variable] and since this is right up my alley as Mars might convince me to stay alive, I got excited and …from there, I found these.

Crazy Engineering: Mars Helicopter

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Published on Jan 22, 2015

JPL engineers are working on a small helicopter that could ‘scout’ a trail for future Mars rovers, but getting a chopper that could fly in the Martian atmosphere is tricky. Episode 2 of Crazy Engineering.

Crazy good stuff

Here’s what a NASA drone for Mars could look like

GeoBeats News
Published on Jan 26, 2015

Hoping to expand the range of what Mars rovers can investigate, NASA is considering equipping the intrepid explorers with helicopters. Mars rovers have done a lot of great work for NASA, but their investigative range is restricted to what can be seen via their onboard cameras. Hoping to expand the options for what the intrepid explorers can look into, the space agency is considering equipping them with helicopters. The goal isn’t to make the rovers themselves fly, but to provide them with a scout that can travel quickly and send back information. Researchers on the ground could go through the data collected, determine which areas of the Red Planet look most intriguing, and send the rover along the proper path. The detachable helicopter could also be useful in aiding the search for particular areas that offer promising opportunities for in-depth analysis and sample collection. The plan is to create a flying rover assistant that weighs about 2 pounds and has a propeller span of just over 3-and-a-half feet. A proof-of-concept prototype, which according to NASA looks kind of like a tissue box, is currently being tested at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The next rover mission to Mars is scheduled to depart in 2020.

Sweet. Petite.

NASA’s Mars Drone Scout – Behold The Future

UPHIGH Productions
Published on Apr 7, 2017

Behold The Future…NASA’s new Mars drone to scout for human habitation sites. The way humans explore Mars could be about to take a giant leap forward with the invention of special flying drones to explore harder to reach parts of the red planet. NASA says the devices could help identify sites for human habitation.

Engineers from NASA’s Langley Research Center are developing a drone that can fly in the thin Martian atmosphere. The autonomous aircraft will team up with ground-based rovers to give researchers far greater flexibility in exploring currently inaccessible features, such as lava tubes and deep canyons.

As well as exploring hard to reach places, Langley engineers say the drones will scout the surface of Mars looking for suitable areas to build human habitats. The “Mars Electric Flyer” project focuses on lightweight structures powered by electric motors. These machines will have vertical takeoff and landing flight control, as well as autonomous navigation.

The electric-powered drones will be equipped with cutting edge motor and battery technologies so they can carry out long-range missions without human intervention. The machines will also be equipped with advanced mapping and remote sensor systems.

The plan is to send the aircraft to Mars on board one of NASA’s rovers. A concept video released by Langley shows the rover using a robotic arm to release the drone on the surface of the planet. The drone then takes off to explore caves and canyons before returning to the rover for post-mission recharging.

The autonomous aircraft, still in the prototype stage, is designed for the thin atmospheric conditions on Mars and is currently undergoing low-pressure chamber flight tests at Langley.
https://www.rt.com/viral/383127-mars-…

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NASA Langley Engineers Propose Mars Flyer Concept

Imagine being able to survey more parts of another planet like Mars than ever before. Orbiters and rovers have been successful so far but engineers keep looking for new ways to gather information. One way may be by using an unmanned aerial vehicle like this Mars Flyer concept. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xjHC…

This looks rather sporty and fleet…

Should have enough air, right?

And please,

Give my regards to the Admiral, Langley.

Mars Helicopter Scout

KISSCaltech
Published on Nov 12, 2015

MiMi Aung, the Autonomous Systems Deputy Division Manager at JPL, presented the Mars Helicopter Scout at the Keck Institute for Space Studies lecture on April 1, 2015. The Mars Helicopter Scout is a current proposal to demonstrate helicopter flight at Mars on the Mars 2020 mission.The Mars Helicopter Scout will scout ahead of a planetary surface rover to provide high-resolution aerial images of the terrain for science and operational purposes. This talk described the scope of the Mars Helicopter Scout proposal, the signficant science and operational benefits of a helicopter in planetary surface exploration, and the technical design overview of Mars Helicopter Scout. The talk concluded with examples of feedforward applications of a planetary helicopter to future missions, with an invitation for lecture attendees to join in further envisioning the much bigger, broader future applications offered by this addition of an aerial dimension to the state-of-practice surface rovers and orbiters in planetary exploration today.

And there you have it.

Exciting stuff and exciting times ahead.

You may have heard the news… plans are to get one up there in 2020… just two tiny yarn!

 

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Near perfect edge on view of Saturn’s rings via the spacecraft known primarily as Cassini.

The things we have achieved!

How beautiful is this vision? Hmmm?

CassiniSaturn Verified account @CassiniSaturn May 7

Postcard from the ring plane. In 2006, Cassini’s narrow-angle camera captured Saturn and its rings, seen here nearly edge on, and a gathering of three moons. https://go.nasa.gov/2wktulF

image NASA/JPL

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This is an exciting testament to human achievement. Think about what that is. That is the view you’d have if you were sitting out in the middle of outer space – sitting on a comet.

Because that is exactly what you are looking at! Upper right dots are stars Center and left are mostly dust flying around with stars too of course… and the ground is the surface of a comet. The comet in question being 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

ETA: This explains the background better:

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Yeah, from what I can gather the particles going the same direction in a downwards trajectory in the background are all stars, and the rest of the mess going random directions in the foreground is the actual dust/debris of the comet.

You remember the Rosetta mission, hopefully. Not too long ago. It orbited that comet real close and featured a lander which went forth and is obviously working just fine. This is a stitched together sequence of frames from that lander.

A very nice composite is below for those who are freaked out by the utter awesomeness of getting such a mind stopping view.

Bravo!

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The video above is an mp4. You can also get it as a gif at imgur in Remember the Rosetta mission? This is what it looks like to BE ON A COMET!! In flipping space!!

Beyond Incredible.

Seriously.

 

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Yes! Hahahaha! Science!

Science, in the form of astronomical research, has confirmed, to the delight of little boys everywhere…

that… Uranus surrounded by fart clouds

Awesome. But, really, we all knew this, didn’t we? I think it has been known for a long time… even by the people who named the planet with such an accurate (cough, cough) description…

Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun, has held a vital (and smelly) secret of the solar system for decades. An international team of researchers reported on Monday that they’ve discovered evidence that Uranus holds one of the most unpleasant-smelling chemicals known to humankind. “They found hydrogen sulfide, the odiferous gas that most people avoid, in Uranus’s cloud tops,” according to a press release from Gemini Observatory, a high-power telescope atop a Hawaiian volcano.

Another take: www.businessinsider.com…

 

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Mikoyan Gurevich 105 Spiral

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Hermes, in from France

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The Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission 4 landed at NASA ‘s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility May 7, 2017. Managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, the X-37B program is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft that performs risk reduction, experimentation and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies.

X-37B

This one features mysteriously long missions… all well above top secret, of course.

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X-20 Dyna-Soar

 

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we hope

 

Alien Artifacts Recovered from Crashed UFOs are NOT of This World

UAMN TV
Published on Mar 20, 2018

With a new focus on physical proof via the scientific study of known UFO crash artifacts, Jacques Vallée has been organizing isotopic and elemental analysis of evidence. Some of the samples Vallée had tested were found to be outside of the terrestrial norm, and so pure in their form that they appear to be fabricated in a method not possible on Earth.

There are many remarkable alien artifacts that have been hidden away in secret vaults, they could re-write history as we know it. These artifacts are highly controversial and need to be tested.  We are constantly finding new ufo artifacts that defy our current understanding of the universe.

Jacques has always been a hero… an astronomer, an actual scientist (as opposed to a claimed one), a computer communications visionary, buds with Hynek and a writer of tomes that are intriguing on many levels. He’s not at all like your usual ufologist. And that’s good. Real good.

1ofthe9 noted and I agree that Its pretty strange and out of character for him to do this imho.

Hoping he’s just happy about findings, seems to be. It is true that he doesn’t do this sort of thing anymore as a rule. But I will give him room … we owe him a tonne.

peace

 

It’s S T E V E !

The Aurora Named STEVE

NASA Goddard
Published on Mar 14, 2018

For the first time, scientists have ground and satellite views of STEVE (short for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement), a thin purple ribbon of light. Scientists have now learned, despite its ordinary name, that STEVE may be an extraordinary puzzle piece in painting a better picture of how Earth’s magnetic fields function and interact with charged particles in space. The Aurorasaurus team, led by Liz MacDonald, a space scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, conferred to determine the identity of this mysterious phenomenon. MacDonald and her colleague Eric Donovan at the University of Calgary in Canada talked with the amateur photographers from the Alberta Aurora Chasers, the people who first captured images of STEVE. Other collaborators on this work are: the University of Calgary, New Mexico Consortium, Boston University, Lancaster University, Athabasca University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Alberta Aurora Chasers Facebook group. Watch this video on the NASA Goddard YouTube channel. Music credit: Bright Patterns by Gregg Lehrman, John Christopher Nye Complete transcript available. Read more: www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/… This video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at: svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/12865 Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Genna Duberstein

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From another reference for which I’ve no linkages…

Unlike other aurora, this light appears as a wavering ‘picket fence’ of purple tinged with green, often occurring at lower latitudes than most of the northern lights. Observers have seen the light stick around for between 20 minutes to an hour before vanishing. The discussion among enthusiasts zoomed in on something called a proton aurora, which although not typically considered to be visible were thought to explain some of Steve’s odd characteristics.

It turns out that STEVE is a SAID – or a sub auroral ion drift. Previously described as polarisation jets, SAIDs have been known to astronomers for about forty years. They’re short-lived, supersonic flows of charged particles that form during a certain phase of an auroral substorm. Substorms occur when lines in our planet’s magnetic field suddenly reconfigure, sending showers of high energy charged particles crashing into our atmosphere.

Hey. Been getting into some strange weather / atmospheric / oceanographic / upper mantle type shite. And it certainly is pretty darn strange! Global, too. Bwahahaha hahaha hahahaaaha!

This one’s not very weird, though, so, sorry boudat… be patient eh.

Anomalies rule, baby.

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Hubble ‏Verified account
@NASAHubble
Feb 16

#HubbleFriday Several stars are visible in front of galaxy cluster PLCK G004.5-19.5 — recognizable by their diffraction spikes — but aside from these, all other visible objects in this image are distant galaxies: http://go.nasa.gov/2BzNcLp

There are no numbers high enough. It is endless.

The bolding of the words… I did that for emphasis.

And to think that this is only a narrow telescopic view … within our universe … of just one of many such clusters.

It has been shown that there are other Universes.

So wonderful. I hope it’s not too late.

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Sometimes life feels like this:

At other times it almost feels “like it’s supposed to…”

ok here is the scoop…

I recorded some yammerings in audio.

Didn’t get all that far but got a good start…

But…

Will need to cut into pieces as the files were way over the limits for upload here, which is 100MB. The main one is 384MB for about 15 minutes of Igular utterances. Soon… soon… tomorrow eve probably.

Note: I will stick them on here where they are supposed to be.

peace.

OK, fair warning… these are 100% unedited and will no doubt be borderline excruciatingly awful to listen to. But That is, in essence, what an Ig is. Learn why I only half a handful of friends. Learn why even uncontacted tribes in remote forests want me dead.

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Well, there’s 15 minutes of not a lot. I will get the hang of it eventually, I would imagine.

Sigh

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