Posted by: kshayes513 | June 27, 2010

New Photos from Space

Big and small moons: The Saturnian moon Rhea looms large above the small moon Epimetheus in this picture from the Cassini orbiter, released May 21. The two moons are actually separated by almost 150,000 miles, with Saturn and its rings in the background. Photo: NASA/JPL/SSI

If you want to see the latest in astronomy and space science, check out MSNBC.com’s slide show, This Month In Space. The above image is one of 13 that includes everything from satellite images of Earth to high tech images of suns, nebulae and galaxies.

How many science fiction world-building and story ideas can you generate from this baker’s dozen of space pictures?

The slide show has a link to the previous month as well. I don’t know how long MSNBC has had this slide show, but I’ll certainly be checking back to see more!

For this space geek, born at the dawn of the space age, the existence of this regular web feature has even more importance. It says that our exploration of space has evolved, in considerably less than 50 years, from a high-risk venture to a routine, ongoing human endeavor.

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  1. I wonder about our exploration evolving to a routine ongoing endeavor. If this was 1540 and the same reactions to exploration were happening, I think we would experience the following.

    Spain and England work together to set up an InterEurope station on Bermuda. Both countries opt against complex operations that would maintain Hispaniola or explore the mainland.

    Accidents to ships have caused the public of both lands to ask whether sending people to the New World is wise.

    Stepping away from my small attempt at worldbuilding here, I would like to point out that 50 years after Columbus’ trek, the Old World made more advances in actual exploration than our world with the space age.

    While our sight has increased because of technology in astrophysics, our ability to actually explore has been hampered by socio-political interests.

    In 50 years since the era of moon outreach, why do we not have a station circling Mars, or Titan? Why is NASA treated like a sub-division of a metro-transit system? Many high tech experts are manufacturing products that inspire consumers. In the era of 1540, those high tech people would have been working on the newer ships and communication devices that would help the explorers.

    Are we evolving as much as we would like?

    Your thoughts?
    Tom


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