"these were simple instruments of observation"
uh no do you even know the kind of engineering skills it took for people to build something like Stonehenge with neolithic technology
Today I learned that the Curiosity sang itself ‘Happy Birthday’ on its year anniversary of being on Mars.
Hundreds of thousands of miles from anyone or anything.
Guys I am depressed over robots now.
oh god this is the saddest thing i have ever read
Guys, shhh. No, this isn’t sad.
Curiosity isn’t hundreds of thousands of miles from anyone or anything. Curiosity has Spirit, Opportunity, Mars 3, Sojourner, Viking 1, and Viking 2 to keep him company on the red planet.
Opportunity is still exploring; Spirit, while still functional, is stuck in a crater, so cannot move around very much. The rest of them are quiet, asleep; old and beautiful and dignified in their silence
Curiosity sang Happy Birthday to himself and he had Spirit and Opportunity with him—and he had an entire planet down below to celebrate his life, his achievements, his brilliance
Curiosity sang Happy Birthday to celebrate an entire year of doing what he was designed to do; an entire year of exploring a planet on which he was not born, an entire year of roving and collecting information
an entire year of Mars becoming his home to share with his precursors, several of which are miraculously still doing their jobs (Opportunity was only expected to last 90 days; he’s lasted TEN YEARS)
it was a song of absolute euphoric joy, not one of loneliness
Curiosity is the exact opposite of lonely; he has hundreds of thousands of people down below who adore him, family at ground control to communicate with him constantly; and plenty of kin on the red planet’s surface to keep him company.
This is the exact opposite of sad.
We didn’t abandon the Mars robots. We sent them home.
On the Mars Rovers - every sensor on them was made to detect something on Mars. Every facet of their design was meant to help them survive on Mars.
So Curiosity sang “Happy Birthday” with the whole of Mars for company. With the Red Planet streaming in through it’s optics. In the exact place that it was meant to be.
The Milky Way over Ontario,Canada
Imagine of NEWBORN STAR
This unprecedented image of Herbig-Haro object HH 46/47 combines radio observations acquired with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) with much shorter wavelength visible light observations from ESO’s New Technology Telescope (NTT). The ALMA observations (orange and green, lower right) of the newborn star reveal a large energetic jet moving away from us, which in the visible is hidden by dust and gas. To the left (in pink and purple) the visible part of the jet is seen, streaming partly towards us.
2012 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar - In Focus - The Atlantic on @weheartit.com - http://whrt.it/XQTcD8
New suns/stars are being formed in here!
Sumerian star chart, c. 3300 B.C.
NASA Takes “Rose” Galaxy Photo for Hubble Telescope Anniversary
Who knew we had a “rose-shaped” galaxy in space? The astronomers who run the Hubble Space Telescope did. In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, pointed Hubble’s eye to an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273.
The larger of the spiral galaxies, known as UGC 1810, has a disk that is tidally distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813. A swath of blue jewels across the top is the combined light from clusters of intensely bright and hot young blue stars. These massive stars glow fiercely in ultraviolet light.