Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween




Happy Halloween



Credit: NASA

We have the perfect ghastly weather today....:-)




Mantis...




Look Me In The Eye...



And Tell Me I'm Not Cute! :-)




Friday, October 30, 2009

Monarchs in Mexico




Monarchs in Mexico










Do click on the links in this USGS article. They have made an awesome collection of maps, satellite images and other illustrations. Very well done. And I love butterflies! :-)


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Planet C




Akatsuki - Planet C



Make yourself a paper spacecraft (paper dolls for techo freaks...) Click on the inviting smile below and scroll to the bottom of the page and you'll find two paper toys! Enjoy! :-)








Friday, October 23, 2009

Distand Galaxy




A Galaxy Far, Far Away...



As far as we can see at the moment, as it happens. :-)






Dust Devils




Little Devils - On Mars!




HiRISE is one of my favorite NASA thingies (actually University of Arizona mostly...:-S). Just look at this awesome HiRISE image of dust devil's trails on Mars. Fabutastic! :-)




Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Prominence




Prominence in Stereo



Check out that magnificent prominence (that gas thing coming out of the Sun...:-))! Just contemplate a little while on the sheer size of those outbursts! Makes me totally happy. :-)




Desertification




Dried Up



South-Africa




In spite of the power of satellite imaging I do believe we have a bit of a challenge securing fresh water to everyone.






Monday, October 19, 2009

Mayans and such




Mayans and global warming



Some reflections by Atunes here.

NASA is talking about the Mayans too.






Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Andromeda




Andromeda, da!




Image Credit: NASA/Swift/Stefan Immler (GSFC) and Erin Grand (UMCP)



I'm just being silly - in Norwegian. :-)




Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Space Exploration 50




Space Exploration - During an Insignificant Period of Time (50 Years Only)



I am giggling, TapwaterJ :-)




Peace








Accepted




Sunday, October 11, 2009

Water on The Moon?




Water?



On the Moon. Where else? We'll see....after analyses of todays double collisions in a crater.






Friday, October 9, 2009

Cats and Heads




Cat on Head of Religious Sculpture



Photo: Tanakawho


I still find it very strange how they dress up their religious sculptures in Japan. Always in red of course. I would have chosen blue...:-)






Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sustainability and frogs...




Sustainable Frog



This frog is just too cute - and look how she cares about our planet too. Awww. :-)

Other than that, Sandy has made a sustainable business best-of list. :-)

But, the frog is soooo cute!






Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Women in Space - Mercury 13




Women in Space - Pure Biological Reasoning



Jerrie Cobb had twice as many flight hours as astronaut John Glenn and was among the top 2% among both men and women testing for the space program and still didn't make it to space. Credit: NASA


Why on heavens Earth have we not heard this part of space exploration history before? Because women have the leading roles?

Regardless of your political views, communists got one good thing going for them, they do not discriminate against women ( meaning they can work just as hard as men...:-)) So, I thought that it was only the Russians who had been 'modern' enough to include women in their early space programs. Obviously this part of history has to be corrected. The US did also include women in their space programs from the very beginning. The reasoning behind the idea was not politics as one could say about the Russian reasoning I suppose, but biology. Some men! thought that women had what it took in terms in weight, endurance both physically and psychologically etc. There were not only the Mercury 7 but the women shadow Mercury 13. Note that they outnumber the men here. :-) Too bad they didn't include any of them in the final part of the program.

I'm really sad that this part of history has been hidden from us. Women, and thus all mankind, need these role models!

I finally understand the statement I found in a female astronaut's 'private chambers' in an early space shuttle: "In order to succeed a woman has to be three times as good as men. Luckily that is not too hard." It appears the front runner of the Mercury 13, Jerrie Cobb, outperformed almost all other candidates, she was among the top 2% AND she had twice as many hours in the air (she was a pilot) as the lead man J. Glenn. So, I used to think it was sufficient to be twice as good. Now I know it is really at least three times as good that counts. For real!

For the record: I love and respect men - in spite of their shortcomings. :-D

The Lovelace Woman in Space Program (1960-1962)




Aesthetics of Aerospace




Aesthetics of Aerospace




Credit NASA

Nobody can deny the beauty of the International Space Station. Nobody. :-)






Oh, look! This is my post 2012!! Danger alert. Danger alert. We are doomed...May the Mayans have mercy on me! :-D

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Paleomagnetics




Paleomagnetics



Magnetism is soooo freakin ├╝bercool. And people are rightfully fascinated by it. Particularly the magnetic fields entangled in and around our home planet - The Earth.

I have the deepest respect for magnetic fields and how hard it is to understand them, even if the laws of physics seem reasonably simple. :-)

Now, the magnetic fields and their development on this planet is important for our understanding of topic like climate change. Need I say more about how any theory in this field will be controversial to at least one group of people...? :-)

Hank Campbell is writing a very understandable introduction to paleomagnetism. Read the whole thing and note this:

"...Why does it matter? If we don't know how continents moved in the past and how they massed to form supercontinents, we can't accurately model ocean currents, global average temperatures and wind patterns - which means models of ancient climate would be a lot less made up than they are right now...."

And what do you know? I am explaining how GRAVITY plays a crucial role in understanding ocean currents in my latest episode (October) of A Green Space - A Green Earth.

These two aspect of the Earth, magnetism and gravity, illustrate one of my favorite points - the system Earth is extremely complicated.






Saturday, October 3, 2009

Lovely Lhasa




Lovely Lhasa






Great and interesting place - bringing back good memories...:-)

Potala





On Chocolate and Aggression



I did NOT have sweets when I was a kid and I am EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE. How about that? Reading this idiotic so-called science report definitely makes me aggressive. :-)

Adding to Xineanns analysis - some people are just plain evil regardless of what kind of upbringing and amount of chocolate they got or are getting.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Galaxies Losing It




A couple of galaxies losing it!



Hubble, of course! Showing me that I'm not the only one losing it! How generous of ya'll - Hubble & Galaxies. :-)




Landscape




My Kind of Landscape



Artist: Peter Binsbergen


From South Africa - where I haven't been -yet!