Last night, wrapping presents, I watched that classic film — Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. For those unfamiliar with the film, it’s the story of Kimar, leader of the Martians, and his plan to kidnap Santa Claus and bring him to Mars in order to make the Martian children happy, but along the way twoContinue reading “On Christmas Viewing”
Mars may have liquid water after all. Striking images taken by NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft suggest the presence of liquid water on the Martian surface, a tantalizing find for scientists wondering if the Red Planet might harbor life. The orbiting U.S. spacecraft enabled scientists to detect changes in the walls of two craters inContinue reading “On Martian Water”
I came across this remarkable astronomical photograph today–a conjunction of Earth and Jupiter as seen from Mars. Jupiter, as seen from Mars, presents a disc, and quite a large one–no mere point of light, Jupiter, no. Earth, on the other hand, shows phases, much as the Moon, Venus, and Mercury show phases when seen fromContinue reading “On Seeing Things From Mars”
Two noteworthy events around the Solar System these past few days. First, Voyager 1 has passed into interstellar space. I remember as a child watching television and seeing the Voyager photos of Jupiter and Saturn. News bulletins interrupting afternoon programming. That was a great time to be alive, to be young, to have dreams. AndContinue reading “On the Solar System”
In 1999 NASA’s Mars Polar Lander crashed onto the surface of Mars. Now, a researcher at Malin Space Science Systems believes that the crashed Mars lander can be seen in photos of the Martian polar region taken by the Mars Global Surveyor. Interesting!
Passed along without comment. 🙂 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Martian Air Force denies UFO crash Gusev Crater (MPI) – A spokesthing for Mars Air Force denounced as false rumors that an alien spacecraft crashed in the desert, outside of Ares Vallis on Saturday. Appearing at a press conference today, General Rgrmrmy The Lesser stated that “theContinue reading “On a Martian News Release”