For a long time now (probably since I read Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odessy) I’ve been fascinated with astronomy especially within our own Solar System.  It seems like NASA and other nations’ space agencies have been doing quite a bit of exploration over the last few years that is revealing more and more about other planets and the moons that surround them.  One of the most exciting missions right now is the Cassini Space Probe which is surveying the moons of Saturn.  Wonderful high resolution images of the distant moons have been sent back for both scientists and the public to examine and admire.  These images portray truly alien worlds that to date it seems we can only speculate about.  I find the images of the Saturn moons both beautiful and eerie.  They are so well rendered that you can’t help but realize the very physical reality of these places and yet, their surfaces have this desolate untouched feel to them (even though many are scarred by asteroid craters and deep cracks and canyons).  It is cool stuff.  A few months back my dad got a pretty nice telescope and I’ve been really jealous of him since then.  Almost every week I send him an email or two of things that he should try and look at but considering that he lives in Vermont, where it is often cloudy and is currently the middle of winter, he doesn’t get to use it too much.  

A Wet Moon?                                     (Saturn’s moon  Enceladus from Discovery News)

~ by Nathaniel on February 7, 2008.

One Response to “Astronomy”

  1. Looks like there’s ice/water there.

    How cool would it be to laser-etch a corporate logo on the surface? I vote for a nice Apple Computers logo.

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