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If we don’t build the land, somebody else will and the science will get discovered.  If we don’t explore the moons, somebody else will.  It will get discovered.  That’s one of the hallmarks of science that distinguishes it from art.  In science, if you don’t do it, somebody else will.  Whereas in art, if Beethoven didn’t compose the Ninth Symphony, no one else before or after is going to compose the Ninth Symphony that he composed, no one else is going to paint Starry Night by van Gogh.  So science, when done properly, is never owned by one nation or another.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson, Competition in Science

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jtotheizzoe:

reblorg:

I think Curiosity should get on Tumblr. I wonder what it would post.

topher

I endorse this.

There’s actually a couple routes to go here! Here is the official Curiosity twitter, very informative. I do have a soft spot for Sarcastic Rover though.

A simplified demonstration of how planets move:

The planets orbit the sun in ellipses on a relatively flat plane

The sun is moving through space around a massive black hole in the middle of our galaxy, the Milky Way. This is the second part of the .gif, when the planets start spiraling.

The Milky Way is part of a cluster of galaxies called the Local Group, which orbit around a center between us and the Andromeda Galaxy.

And the Local Group is part of the Virgo Supercluster, which is one of millions to billions of superclusters in the observable universe.

Not to mention all of that is speeding “outward” as the universe expands. Probably. At speeds approaching light-speed. 

But despite all of this movement, we are able to shoot a rover attached to a lowering crane and hit a designated landing spot on one little planet. 

If that isn’t an awesome example of science, I don’t know what is.

Look at us. This planet is beautiful.

terrestrialblog:

Coral Rekindling Venus a film by Lynette Walworth.

Imagine global co-operation for a global problem. Imagine corals as the barometer of climate change. Imagine we are the pivot point. Imagine rekindling Venus.

My intent is to leave the audience with a sense of wonder for the complexity of the coral community and a deep-felt longing to see it survive.

What is apparent when you watch the film is the remarkable survival mechanisms already at play in the community of coral reefs, mechanisms that will be put to the test in the coming years. We might see ourselves as two different communities interconnected in our own survival.

– Lynette Wallworth

Watch the stunning trailer.

Mesmerizing.

crownedrose:

Solar Eclipse Live Feed from California via SLOOH

I did a few screen caps and made a gif from the live feed from events.slooh.com where you can catch the last minutes of the solar eclipse.