From the Moon to Mars

More science news via the Professor. [More?! – Ed] Indeed. Japan’s JAXA/KAGUYA (SELENE) lunar probe identified uranium on the Moon’s surface. And, although it was mentioned when I noted Kaguya’s timely demise, the spectacular on-board footage of its final descent is worth putting out front. Below the fold there’s an informative video from NasaTV using images from the Mars Reconnaissance OrbiterSoaring over Mars.

Soaring over Mars. Enjoy.

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  • Ulsters my homeland

    don’t tell Iran there’s uranium on the Moon

  • Big Maggie

    Pete,

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for that.

    I was so enthralled by this pic of the floor of the Antoniadi Crater. It brought home to me the truth of something I read ages ago. According to the author, we humans find beauty in extraterrestrial images because we’re composed of the same stuff that makes up the rest of universe. That’s always stayed with me. Whenever I see an image of a far-distant galaxy, or even something like this, “closer” to home, that notion comes back to me. I find it strangely comforting.

  • the wonder of you

    Is it a Protestant probe for Protestant people? It will at least have zero Papal influence if Baker’s on the case

  • Pete Baker

    Maggie

    “we humans find beauty in extraterrestrial images because we’re composed of the same stuff that makes up the rest of universe.”

    Possibly, although that seems more like a justification after the fact.

    More likely, in my view, while we can recognise elements of, or patterns in, those images they are also sufficiently other to be of particular interest.

    And I see Pat’s changed his name again. ;op