"The Childe...More restless than the swallow in the skies..." -Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Saturday, January 28, 2012

My Cosmos Highlights for January 2012

Nature Does Not Ask For Our Opinions

Whether or not one believes in climate change is irrelevant. Neither faith nor hypothesis decides reality. Perhaps the best citizens can do is be conversant in the ongoing research and consensus of experts. Regardless, scientists overwhelmingly agree in the reality of climate change.

The Environment Report, a service of Michigan Radio, did a short and insightful story this week entitled "Breaking Through to Climate Change Skeptics." For the price of a few minutes, reading or listening to audio, you can observe politicians and constituents stumble arrogantly over this issue...but then refine their perspective. And in turn they teach scientists a thing or two about effective communication. Great story!

Breaking Through to Climate Change Skeptics

A Three Generation Family Portrait

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The above image is like any family portrait, except the three generations shown are robotic explorers of neighboring Mars. Very cool! Here is an excerpt from the official caption:

"Front and center is the flight spare for the first Mars rover, Sojourner, which landed on Mars in 1997 as part of the Mars Pathfinder Project. On the left is a Mars Exploration Rover Project test rover that is a working sibling to Spirit and Opportunity, which landed on Mars in 2004. On the right is a Mars Science Laboratory test rover the size of that project's Mars rover, Curiosity, which is on course for landing on Mars in August 2012." The above is taken from the NASA website.

For the complete caption, please visit NASA's Image Gallery


  1. LOVE your subtitle, "Nature Does Not Ask For Our Opinions" -- that's an entire poem in itself.

    Two thoughts -- love the size comparison on the rovers (and the weights of each are hilarious!)... and -- if you could REASON with Climate Change Skeptics, there wouldn't be any Climate Change Skeptics :(

  2. I have to give credit to Carl Sagan in particular for the "Nature..." sentiment.

    I really liked this photo too. It's not the most exciting photo, but it does show so much about the evolution of the rover. Thanks for stopping by!