Space: The Final Frontier

Thank you…it is the weekend and I can step away from the Trolls and the mental midgets and five my readers something a little different……Space Stuff!

My granddaughter’s name got put on the Orien Mission and sent into space…… I gave it to her because she is such a space geek…..she was speechless…..made my day because she is NEVER speechless.

Anyway on to the space stuff….

Since our Rovers on Mars have started working them have sent back volumes of info……and the trend continues…..

(Newser) – There’s still no proof there was ever life on Mars, but evidence is starting to pile up that conditions were once ripe for life to begin, NASA scientists say. The Curiosity rover’s exploration of the Gale Crater has found signs that liquid water flowed on the planet’s surface for tens of millions of years, CNET reports, giving life (of the microbial kind at least) much longer to get going than researchers had previously believed. The rover had already determined that the planet once had the right chemical ingredients for life, reports the Guardian, and sediment deposits have now revealed that lakes and rivers were once common on its surface, with large amounts of water remaining underground even after those dried up.

Curiosity team members say the new findings suggest that early Mars was much like early Earth. “What I get excited about is imagining a Mars 3.5 to 4 billion years ago, a planet with a thick atmosphere, maybe a blue sky with puffy clouds and mountains and lakes and rivers,” John M. Grunsfeld, a NASA science administrator, tells the New York Times. Grunsfeld, who’s also a former astronaut, says the Curiosity mission has given vital clues to how and where to search for evidence of Martian life. “We don’t know if life ever started on Mars, but if it did, we now have a better chance of discovering it,” he says.

On another note…….we launched a probe known as New Horizon……it was sent to explore deep space as it nears Pluto the device has awakened to continue its mission……

Newser) – New Horizons just got what’s probably the earliest wakeup call ever. Even though it’s not supposed to fly by Pluto—the destination of its nine-year, 3-billion-mile journey—until July, the NASA craft roused itself from its “hibernation” slumber and is fully awake for the last leg of its mission, reports. Russell Watson’s “Where My Heart Will Take Me” blasted NH out of its somnambulant state with a personal message from Watson himself before crooning the appropriate lyrics, “It’s been a long road/Getting from there to here.” About 20 scientists waiting back home in Maryland at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory got the confirmation signals on Saturday evening that New Horizons was up and at ‘em, just over 162 million miles from Pluto.

The piano-sized craft, which was launched in 2006, had been “asleep” since August to conserve energy and reduce wear and tear on its systems. It’s been asleep before (18 other times, to be exact) during its long trip, but this was the last sleep before it makes it to the Kuiper Belt, the icy “disc-shaped region” that harbors Pluto and other dwarf worlds, NASA notes. “This is the place that this spacecraft was built to operate, and these are the operations that this team has waited a decade to actually go and execute,” New Horizons’ principle investigator says. “So it’s game time.” (New Horizons got some great pics of Jupiter during its flyby nearly eight years ago.)

We keep piling up data and eventually we will go to space and the future will arrive.

Some Say That Life Here Began Out There

Iconic opening dialog from Battle Star Galatica…..

Since the beginning of time there has been a debate as to where life began on the planet Earth……some say divine intervention…..others think it is just biology…..and others think that some alien had something to do with this…..

Recently the European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet but it was misplaced in iys landing and now the batteries are dead……part of its mission was to collect samples and to check for the building blocks of life…..


LBCI | Comet team detects organic molecules, basis of life on Earth.

Mommy, Where Did My ‘Winkie” Come From?

It is Sunday and I most admit it has been a long week…..but I did take the time to check out some scientific research papers.

I found one that was just interesting to the point that I had to share it with my readers…….

Kids are always looking for answers to their world around them….and their fascination with different things is just amazing……so when I read this study I knew I had to post it…..

Most guys probably don’t sit around the locker room pondering the finer points of how the male penis evolved, so leave this one to Harvard researchers: The mystery is solved thanks to … lizard limbs. Yup, Harvard scientists investigating the origin of external genitalia have found a link relating to the development of limbs in a variety of animals. Scientists initially hoped to discover why snakes didn’t grow limbs, the Boston Globe reports. But they instead found that embryonic cells—which produce hind limbs in lizards, limb buds in snakes, and “tail-bud” tissue in mammals—form genitalia with a signal from something called a cloaca. As Discovery reports, cloaca is “tissue that eventually develops into the urinary and gut tracts.” When they transplanted a cloaca onto hind limb cells in a chicken embryo, eureka—genital-like buds formed.

“It demonstrates that there is a flexibility with what kind of cells can get recruited during development to form genitalia,” the lead author tells the BBC of his research in Nature. He says the link may help explain why “babies that are born with malformations in their limbs often also have malformations in their genitalia.” While snakes and lizards have two penises, “it appears that the way all amniotes, including reptiles, birds, and mammals, build their genitalia is very similar,” a researcher says. The Globe adds that external genitalia developed when animals moved from sea to land, rendering water-borne fertilization obsolete. (Another study finds sex is 385 million years old.)

Comments are welcome…..whatcha think?

Bizarre Things Spotted on Mars: Ball, Traffic Lights, Faces, Finger and Huge Penis

The weekend and abreak from the newest war that we all approve of ……..but I will talk about Mars today……

There have been a wealth of movies about Mars…..but some of the coolest stuff has come from the rovers that are trekking around the planet….

Take a look see and tell me what you think…..


Bizarre Things Spotted on Mars: Ball, Traffic Lights, Faces, Finger and Huge Penis.

Could He Be A Pessimist?

My last dog of mental calmness so I want to talk about my fave subject…..DOGS.  It is no secret that I am a dog person…….I have had their friendship all my life……my two best friends today made it possible for me to come to grips with my injuries and the toll it took……

You have to admit that dogs can have some of the greatest facial expressions ever.  But are they capable of the feeling of say pessimism?

A great question we know they can surely appear to be so……but can they really?

Certain dogs apparently feel like they’re perpetually in the doghouse, according to a University of Sydney study that says some dogs are pessimists, getting demoralized more easily than other dogs and just giving up on tasks when they’ve had enough. The research, published this week in the Plos One journal, isn’t saying that pessimistic dogs are necessarily sad: It’s just that they’re more risk-averse because they expect the worst after experiencing setbacks and are more likely than their more “optimistic” canine counterparts to just accept the way things are rather than try to change them.

The 40 dogs in the study had to touch a target upon hearing two tones two octaves apart; one tone would reward them with milk, the other with water, the Washington Post reports. It’s when the researchers sandwiched “ambiguous” tones in between the two main ones that some dogs’ moods started going south: Certain dogs kept hitting the targets no matter what reward resulted, while “pessimistic” dogs stopped touching the target altogether after not receiving the coveted milk. The Post notes that perhaps the dogs aren’t pessimists at all, but realists—one University of Colorado professor says he’s curious if they’re actually pessimistic or just got tired of waiting. But the results could have useful training applications: Dogs that take risks could be used for tasks that require more persistence, such as searching for explosives, while wary pups could serve as more careful guide dogs.

Dogs rule!

Wassup South of The Border?

Saturday and my mind is free of the manure left in it by the mainstream media….all the crap that they want us to believe blindly……..oh well, today and tomorrow I can post on things that interest me…….

I like history and archeology helps to make history more alive…….I have always found the Maya to be extraordinary people….the pyramids, the astronomy……..the cities that are some of the greatest features of the New World…..scientists say that a very small percentage of the Mayan culture has bee uncovered and from time to time a new find is discovered…….

Archaeologists have long known of a “lost” Mayan city boasting an incredible “earth monster” facade—and now someone has found it. Slovenian explorer Ivan Sprajc came out of the Yucatan jungle in Mexico with photos of the city, Lagunita, and a second, previously unknown city he’s calling Tamchen, the Washington Post reports. Both were apparently abandoned around 1,000 AD along with other cities in the area. But only Lagunita has the “profusely decorated facade with a monster-mouth doorway,” as the Slovenia Academy of Sciences and Arts puts it. The facade depicts “the gaping maws of the earth and fertility diety.”

Which diety is that, again? “A Maya earth deity related with fertility,” Sprajc tells Discovery News. “These doorways symbolize the entrance to a cave and, in general, to the watery underworld, place of mythologized origin of maize and abode of ancestors.” An American explorer spotted the city (and its famous mouth) in the 1970s, but no one had been able to retrace his steps in the dense jungle. Now we have Lagunita, with its “monumental buildings,” game court for Maya ball, and roughly 65-foot-high pyramid, the Yucatan Times reports. Judging by its buildings and inscriptions on monuments, “Lagunita must have been the seat of a relatively powerful polity,” says an expert on the project

That is just cool….but let’s continue South….to the magical land of the Inca….Peru.

Ever heard of the Nazca lines?  Lines etched in the top of a mountain that cannot be identified until one is up in the air and then there are spiders, whales, birds, etc…..some people say that aliens made these as beacons for other space travelers….it seems that the ones discovered back in the 20th century are not the only ones….

Sandstorms in Peru have revealed mysterious designs believed to have been etched into the desert thousands of years ago. The newly exposed geoglyphs, discovered last week by a pilot flying over the region, include a snake nearly 200 feet long as well as a bird and some llama-like creatures, reports the Independent. Other designs, known as the Nazca Lines, were first spotted in the desert region from the air in 1939, the Daily Mail notes, and archaeologists are now working to confirm that the new lines are genuine.

The Nazca Lines—described by UNESCO as “a unique and magnificent artistic achievement that is unrivaled” elsewhere in the prehistoric world—are thought to have been etched into the desert by the Nazca people sometime before 500AD, and they include long lines and geometric shapes as well the shapes of animals and plants. Many scholars believe they were used for astronomic rituals, but one of Peru’s top experts tells El Comercio that the new finds confirm the relationship between “the ancient people who occupied this arid desert with rain and worship of water.”

There is the round-up of recent archeological discoveries…..

Anyone got anything to add?