What's Out There

What's Out There

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”

- Stephen Hawking

The more science is able to demonstrate the bankruptcy of the magical thinking inherent in all religion, moderate as well as extreme, the less humans will rely on this worthless and dangerous way to rule their lives.

The future survival of humanity depends on it ridding itself of magical thinking.

- Victor Stengel
thedragoninmygarage:

Earth History in 24 Hours
thedragoninmygarage:

Earth History in 24 Hours

thedragoninmygarage:

Earth History in 24 Hours

We do not have to like every idea we encounter. We should not like every idea we encounter. Growth often requires us to engage with ideas we find challenging, upsetting, and even threatening to the status quo. I find it impossible to think that we can grow and develop without repeatedly encountering ideas we do not like.
The desire or inclination to be happy and to avoid suffering knows no boundaries. It is in our nature. As such, it needs no justification and is validated by the simple fact that we naturally and correctly want this.
- Dalai Lama XIV
spacewatching:

A top-to-bottom view of the 36-story-tall Apollo/Saturn 501 space vehicle in High Bay No. 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building.
spacewatching:

A top-to-bottom view of the 36-story-tall Apollo/Saturn 501 space vehicle in High Bay No. 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building.

spacewatching:

A top-to-bottom view of the 36-story-tall Apollo/Saturn 501 space vehicle in High Bay No. 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Darwin recognized that if he was to convince anyone, he would have to support his argument with a compelling body of evidence.
- Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
thedemon-hauntedworld:

The Space Shuttle enters Earth orbit
The Space Shuttle, part of America’s Space Transportation System (STS), reveals a belly covered with thousands of individual thermally protective silica tiles, scorched and charred from numerous reentries of past missions.
Nine minutes after launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the US Space Shuttle shuts down its engines, shed’s its massive external fuel tank, and enters freefall 60 miles above the Atlantic ocean. Traveling “upside down” at 16,700 miles per hour, the Shuttle has already put over a thousand miles between itself and the launch tower. If uncorrected however, the current trajectory will bring the orbiter back to Earth somewhere halfway around the globe. In order to propel the Shuttle to it’s final orbit—anywhere from 116 and 600 miles high—the two Orbital Maneuvering System thrusters (the smallest nozzles near the tail) will fire until the target altitude is reached.
Credit: Walter Myers
thedemon-hauntedworld:

The Space Shuttle enters Earth orbit
The Space Shuttle, part of America’s Space Transportation System (STS), reveals a belly covered with thousands of individual thermally protective silica tiles, scorched and charred from numerous reentries of past missions.
Nine minutes after launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the US Space Shuttle shuts down its engines, shed’s its massive external fuel tank, and enters freefall 60 miles above the Atlantic ocean. Traveling “upside down” at 16,700 miles per hour, the Shuttle has already put over a thousand miles between itself and the launch tower. If uncorrected however, the current trajectory will bring the orbiter back to Earth somewhere halfway around the globe. In order to propel the Shuttle to it’s final orbit—anywhere from 116 and 600 miles high—the two Orbital Maneuvering System thrusters (the smallest nozzles near the tail) will fire until the target altitude is reached.
Credit: Walter Myers

thedemon-hauntedworld:

The Space Shuttle enters Earth orbit

The Space Shuttle, part of America’s Space Transportation System (STS), reveals a belly covered with thousands of individual thermally protective silica tiles, scorched and charred from numerous reentries of past missions.

Nine minutes after launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the US Space Shuttle shuts down its engines, shed’s its massive external fuel tank, and enters freefall 60 miles above the Atlantic ocean. Traveling “upside down” at 16,700 miles per hour, the Shuttle has already put over a thousand miles between itself and the launch tower. If uncorrected however, the current trajectory will bring the orbiter back to Earth somewhere halfway around the globe. In order to propel the Shuttle to it’s final orbit—anywhere from 116 and 600 miles high—the two Orbital Maneuvering System thrusters (the smallest nozzles near the tail) will fire until the target altitude is reached.

Credit: Walter Myers

house-under-a-rock:

Stéphanie Bodet on Grand Capucin, Mont-Blanc, France
We must always take risks. That is our destiny.
— TS Eliot
house-under-a-rock:

Stéphanie Bodet on Grand Capucin, Mont-Blanc, France
We must always take risks. That is our destiny.
— TS Eliot

house-under-a-rock:

Stéphanie Bodet on Grand Capucin, Mont-Blanc, France

We must always take risks. That is our destiny.

— TS Eliot

laughingsquid:

The Canterbury Earthquake: Images of the Distorted Railway Line
laughingsquid:

The Canterbury Earthquake: Images of the Distorted Railway Line
spaceexp:

To show how dark Comet 67P/C-G really is: Image of Enceladus, the Earth, the Moon, and Comet 67P/C-G, with their relative albedos scaled approximately correctly
spaceexp:

To show how dark Comet 67P/C-G really is: Image of Enceladus, the Earth, the Moon, and Comet 67P/C-G, with their relative albedos scaled approximately correctly

spaceexp:

To show how dark Comet 67P/C-G really is: Image of Enceladus, the Earth, the Moon, and Comet 67P/C-G, with their relative albedos scaled approximately correctly