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That's one big step for a man: Just days before the launch of the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong is photographed practicing his descent from the Lunar Module.
That's one big step for a man: Just days before the launch of the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong is photographed practicing his descent from the Lunar Module.Courtesy NASA
With the passing on Saturday of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, there has been a lot of media coverage of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Armstrong, very private in his non-astronaut life, seems to be a bit camera shy during his time on the moon too. You can read – and see – all about it here.

This video was making the viral rounds over the weekend. I think it gives a better understanding about the energy waiting to be tapped from the wind. What do you think?

Martian Mojave

by mdr on Aug. 08th, 2012

Check out this photo NASA's Curiosity rover sent back of the neighborhood on Mars where it landed last Monday, and compare it with and a photo of the Mojave desert here on Earth. If you disregard the vegetation the similarities are remarkable.

Curiosity's new neighborhood: The first full-resolution photos of Curiosity's surroundings on the Martian surface. The rim of Gale Crater make up the mountains in the distance.
Curiosity's new neighborhood: The first full-resolution photos of Curiosity's surroundings on the Martian surface. The rim of Gale Crater make up the mountains in the distance.Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

Earth's Mojave Desert: the cholla cactus in Joshua Tree National Park make the landscape look  even more alien than that of Mars, don't you think?
Earth's Mojave Desert: the cholla cactus in Joshua Tree National Park make the landscape look even more alien than that of Mars, don't you think?Courtesy Mark Ryan

First photos of Mars: Curiosity's shadow and Mar's horizon taken from two different cameras on the rover.
First photos of Mars: Curiosity's shadow and Mar's horizon taken from two different cameras on the rover.Courtesy NASA via UStream
The Mars rover Curiosity managed to make it through seven minutes of terror and land safely and pretty much flawlessly this morning on the surface of the Red Planet. The amazingly complicated landing, which took place around 12:25 CDT, was broadcast on the internet and on NASA-TV. It was very thrilling to watch, and a great accomplishment for all the scientists involved. They were ecstatic, as you can well imagine.

You'll be able to view additional photographs as they come in at NASA's website. You can also replay a computer simulation of the landing here.

Humans...they taste just like chicken: Several reports of otters attacking swimmers in Minnesota this summer are very unusual situations, authorities say.
Humans...they taste just like chicken: Several reports of otters attacking swimmers in Minnesota this summer are very unusual situations, authorities say.Courtesy Dmitry Azovtsev
This may be a preview of the next big summer blockbuster movie, but several swimmers have come under attack by otters this summer. This latest report chronicles how two otters ganged up on a swimmer near Aitkin. Just think of the film possibilities, cute and cuddly otters in one scene suddenly turn predatory in the next. A Department of Natural Resources official did comment that these types of attacks are extremely rare and people in northern Minnesota are much more likely to cross paths with a black bear or mountain lion.

Man on the Moon: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes one of the US flags planted during Apollo missions to the lunar surface.
Man on the Moon: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes one of the US flags planted during Apollo missions to the lunar surface.Courtesy NASA via Wikipedia
Back in the late 60s and early 70s, during the Apollo lunar-landing missions, astronauts planted a US flag at each landing site. Now, forty years after Apollo 17 became NASA's last manned flight to the moon, scientists, studying images supplied by the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter (LRO), have determined that all but one of the planted flags are still standing. Click here to learn more, and to find out which flag has fallen over and why.

Mars panorama by Opportunity: The full-circle Pancam photograph of the Martian surface is composed of 817 separate images.
Mars panorama by Opportunity: The full-circle Pancam photograph of the Martian surface is composed of 817 separate images.Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.
NASA commemorates the event (which took place July 2nd) by posting this great panorama taken by the robotic explorer. The full-circle photograph is composed of 817 separate images. Opportunity and its equally tenacious sister rover, Spirit, have exceeded by many years their planned missions on the desert planet.

Full resolution image files can be downloaded here.

A sign from above?: During last month's Transit of Venus, I noticed a cross appeared in several of my sunset photographs just to the right of Venus (click photo to enlarge). Is this a sign from God, or just some sort of antenna on a building rooftop? Unfortunately, people often see what they want to see.
A sign from above?: During last month's Transit of Venus, I noticed a cross appeared in several of my sunset photographs just to the right of Venus (click photo to enlarge). Is this a sign from God, or just some sort of antenna on a building rooftop? Unfortunately, people often see what they want to see.Courtesy Mark Ryan
When a statue of Jesus in Mumbai, India began leaking water from its feet, a priest and a couple of local Catholic laity organizations proclaimed it was a miracle - a sign from God. Hundreds of the faithful came to drink of the "holy water" hoping to cure what ailed them. Sanal Edamaruku, an Indian rationalist, investigated the situation and found that the water originated from a clogged drain in a nearby washroom. Now, he's been charged with "deliberately hurting religious feelings and attempting malicious acts intended to outrage the religious sentiments of any class or community". What an odd world we live in. Click here for the whole bizarre story at New Scientist.

The Denver Post website contains some tragic and spectacular photos of the wildfires blazing in the foothills west of Colorado Springs. Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated as whole neighborhoods are going up in flame, The wildfire doubled in size overnight and is now nearing Garden of the Gods. The park has closed until further notice.

I've been checking out some of the visual material taken of yesterday's massive flooding in Duluth and thought this one was pretty interesting. The video of the raging Miller Creek in Lincoln Park was taken while it was still raining and you see can visible change in the water level by the end of it.