via RE/CODE: “Spending on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education in public education about equals what we spend on beer. Not beer and pizza. Not beer and wine. Beer,” Gwynne Shotwell said on Tuesday, speaking onstage at the first Makers Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we dropped five points in the last 15-year-olds’ math and science test.”
“I want to see my children go to Mars. And I’d love to see my grandchildren go to other galaxies,” said Shotwell, who admitted that she became an engineer because she saw one speak and liked her suit and shoes. “I actually feared telling this story for years, but I’m 50 now, so I can do whatever I want.”
via JPL: “This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth. Two annotated versions of this image are also available in Figures 1 and 2. Researchers used the left eye camera of Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) to capture this scene about 80 minutes after sunset on the 529th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work on Mars (Jan. 31, 2014). The image has been processed to remove effects of cosmic rays.
A human observer with normal vision, if standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the moon as two distinct, bright “evening stars.” The distance between Earth and Mars when Curiosity took the photo was about 99 million miles (160 million kilometers).
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project’s Curiosity rover. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates the rover’s Mastcam.”
More information about Curiosity is online at http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/.
The sun descends to the Martian horizon and sets in this 30-second movie simulation using images from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. Read more: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php…
Release Date: 22 December 2010
Credit: NASA/JPL Jet Propulsion Laboratory
This stunning 360 degree panorama of the night sky was stitched together from 37,000 images by a first-time astrophotographer.
Nick Risinger, a 28-year-old native of Seattle, trekked more than 60,000 miles around the western United States and South Africa to create the largest-ever true-color image of the stellar sphere. The final result is an interactive, zoomable sky map showing the full Milky Way and the stars, planets, galaxies and nebulae around it.
“The genesis of this was to educate and enlighten people about the natural beauty that is hidden, but surrounds us.”
“There is not a business case, right now, for Mars – let’s be clear…there is no busi – Mars isn’t gonna pay me. I mean, I’ll get paid to take robotic spacecraft – to Mars – um, but there is no business case on Mars – it’s not, it’s not really, well it’s not at all why we’re doing this. Um…I don’t – I can’t think of another thing that would be as important as promoting humanity beyond one location – we’re a single point failure…right? And there is no question that something dramatic is gonna happen here on Earth. I’m not saying it’s next week, not next year, probably not within the next hundred years, maybe not within the next thousand years – but, I’m pretty sure something terrible is gonna happen, on Earth, and if this is the only place we have, then we’re done, so… -Cause how boring. You know? If this is it. I just can’t believe that this is it. I don’t think that this is it. We’ve gotta go somewhere else.”
A comic set on the first illegal settlement on the planet Mars in the early 2800s,
circling around characters of DEADROCK; a corrupted and crime-filled town.
This final greenscreen .psd template is available for anyone to download and modify using Photoshop and their own backgrounds, via this ~250MB zip: