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

opticallyaroused:

Mars’ Olympus Mons, The Tallest Mountain in our Solars System, as Seen From Orbit

opticallyaroused:

Mars’ Olympus Mons, The Tallest Mountain in our Solars System, as Seen From Orbit

The Earth is the cradle of mankind, but one cannot stay in the cradle forever.
- Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, 1895
I have always thirsted for knowledge. I have always been full of questions.
- Herman Hesse, Sidhartha
fastcompany:

Americans Are More Skeptical About Climate Change Than Any Other Nation
Only 54% of Americans blame humans for global warming. In other news, 46% of Americans have heads stuck in the sand.
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fastcompany:

Americans Are More Skeptical About Climate Change Than Any Other Nation

Only 54% of Americans blame humans for global warming. In other news, 46% of Americans have heads stuck in the sand.

Read More>

The behavior of things on earth is so complicated and subject to so many influences that early civilizations were unable to discern any clear patterns or laws governing these phenomena.

Gradually, however, new laws were discovered.

- Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design
xysciences:

Alka Seltzer put into water in zero gravity.

xysciences:

Alka Seltzer put into water in zero gravity.

thedemon-hauntedworld:

LHA 120-N11 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Nearly 200 000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, floats in space, in a long and slow dance around our galaxy. As the Milky Way’s gravity gently tugs on its neighbour’s gas clouds, they collapse to form new stars. In turn, these light up the gas clouds in a kaleidoscope of colours, visible in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Credit: NASA, ESA. Acknowledgement: Josh Lake

thedemon-hauntedworld:

LHA 120-N11 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Nearly 200 000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, floats in space, in a long and slow dance around our galaxy. As the Milky Way’s gravity gently tugs on its neighbour’s gas clouds, they collapse to form new stars. In turn, these light up the gas clouds in a kaleidoscope of colours, visible in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Credit: NASA, ESA. Acknowledgement: Josh Lake

Goodnight and great love to you. We see the same stars.
-

George Mallory, from a letter to his wife Ruth during the 1921 Everest Reconnaissance Expedition 

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May this suffering serve to awaken compassion.
- A traditional prayer to Kwan Yin, Bodhisattva of Compassion (via postmodernismruinedme)
Scientists may reject mystic revelations for which there is no evidence except somebody’s say-so, but they hardly believe their knowledge of Nature to be complete. Science is far from a perfect instrument of knowledge. It’s just the best we have.
- Carl Sagan