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Of catacomb paintings, wymynprysts, and rocks on Mars

My email box is under siege by people who want me to comment on the recently restored ancient Roman fresco that feminists and members of COW… no… the Women’s Ordination Conference… that’s WOC… claim as evidence for the ordination of … Continue reading

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NEW COMET! KABLAM! WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE! (Welllll? We are!)

There is a new and very bright comet out there.  Which of course means that it is the end of the world as we know it… maybe.  Maybe not.  In any event, it should be bright! And we might need … Continue reading

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Curiosity’s curious visual odometry system

Here is something for your Just Too Cool file.  This got my attention not only because it deals with Curiosity, but also because of my budding interest in ham radio.
The newest Mars Rover, Curiosity, is tagging Mars… with Morse Code.
Curiosity … Continue reading

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A voice from Mars!

And it ain’t Marvin the Martian.
First, here is a very cool hi-def telephoto shot taken by Curiosity, the newest of the Mars rovers.

The image of nearby Mt. Sharp was taken with a 100-millimeter telephoto lens and the 34-milllimeter wide angle … Continue reading

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Watching Curiosity Land. Just Too Cool

This was so cool. I stayed up to watch the landing of the Mars Rover. I felt like a little kid again.

First images:

UPDATE
New photos from Mars Rover Curiositas:

UPDATE:
I watched it again and it gave me goose-flesh, again.

Shorter, of just the … Continue reading

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Curiosity to land on Mars TONIGHT!

I plan to watch the live stream of the Curiosity landing tonight.
You?
If you haven’t seen it yet, here is a video from the JPL about the terrifying landing stage:

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Curiosity about Curiosity is not just Curiosity

After posting about the Seven Minutes of Terror, I was curious about Curiosity, the newest Mars Rover heading to the Red Planet.
Intrepid little Spirit isn’t working any more, since it became mired and died.  Opportunity is working, but depends on … Continue reading

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EXPLOSION ABOARD ODYSSEY! 42 years ago on Friday 13th

Jimmy Akin reminded me today that it is the anniversary of the day an oxygen tank exploded in the Service Module of Apollo 13 on its way to our great natural satellite’s Fra Mauro Highlands, named after the 15th c. … Continue reading

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Spirit spotted on Mars

The intreprid little Mars rover Spirit, which began its mission in 2004 died, mired in sand, in 2009. It couldn’t capture enough sunlight to power up.
Spirit’s twin Opportunity is still going strong!
The orbiting Phoenix, circling Mars since 2006, recently … Continue reading

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New Mars Rover News

We haven’t forgotten poor Spirit, but…
NASA to Announce Landing Site for New Mars Rover
July 18, 2011
WASHINGTON — NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will host a news conference at 10 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 22 to announce … Continue reading

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