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A Journey of the Imagination

Erik Wernquist, a Swedish computer animator, has produced a remarkably beautiful little film called Wanderers. A labor of love, Wanderers, which refers to the ancient Greek names for planets (wandering stars), imagines humanity’s eventual colonization of the solar system. It resonates nicely at this time when we seem to need as a people to dream…

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Philae probe bounces on a comet…

Rosetta and Philae are now in contact again, and we have more detail on yesterday’s landing, including the first part of a panoramic image of the probe’s surrounding, including what looks like a craggy cliff. Yesterday mission team members told us that they think that Philae bounced, and now they believe it bounced three times…

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Philae lands on Comet 67P, perhaps twice!

Philae, the little lander that hitch-hiked to Comet 67P aboard the Rosetta Spacecraft, landed today. Perhaps twice! The above image is, as of this moment, the latest image we have. It’s taken from 3KM above the surface of the comet with the landing zone dead center. It’s important to note that 67P and the Rosetta…

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Two Views of Titan

This is Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, as seen by the Cassini Probe. Titan is a fascinating moon with a thick atmosphere and lakes of liquid methane. Cassini recently captured this image of the sun reflecting off one such lake. Though the typology is earth-like, the chemistry certainly is not! Cassini, though only a…

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Where I’m Living, and What For

As I mentioned back in August, I bought a 1947 Spartan Manor and contracted with a renovator to bring it back to life. It arrived in September, when I realized that what I thought would be nearly done was still several months of work from finished. But I had it in my posession finally, and…

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In the Gutter, Refusing to Look at the Stars

The night sky is my refuge. I find peace and inspiration and a kind of analytical comfort in its resolute refusal to feel sorry for me or my planet. I see potential there, a million possible worlds where the universe is experimenting with consciousness and intelligence.  But lately I’ve felt a strange resistance to looking…