Monday, December 21, 2015

astro picture for the day/ Galileo quote for the day

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage (STScI / AURA) / Hubble-Europe Collaboration
Acknowledgment: D. Padgett (
GSFC), T. Megeath (University of Toledo), B. Reipurth (University of Hawaii)

"Though the difference between man and the other animals is enormous, yet one might say reasonably that it is little less than  the difference among men themselves . . . Such differences depend upon diverse mental abilities, and I reduce them to the difference between being or not being a philosopher; for philosophy, as the proper nutrient of those who can feed upon it, does in fact distinguish that single man from the common herd in a greater or less degree of merit according as his diet varies." - Galileo

- Blue Origins and now SpaceX have successfully landed their rockets back on earth.  This makes for increased reusability and to dramatically lower the cost of spaceflight. One could imagine space elevators to reduce space access even more, but that's maybe ten or more years down the road(yes, times goes by fast!). Here's some youtubes that show these historic events.

Blue Origins was first,

SpaceX just landed their's . . . after like two or three failures.  It'll be exciting to see how fast a turnaround time these companies relaunch these space rockets.  There's also other exciting space companies to make space colonization/exploration more possible and free of governments who are politically tied down.  There's Bigalow inflatable space stations, there's asteroid mining companies.  Anyways, the SpaceX video,

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

astro picture for the day/ Thomas Huxley quote for the day

ESA/NASA Hubble Space Telescope image

"the fundamental axiom of modern science... In matters of the intellect, follow your reason as far as it will take you, without regard to any other consideration" - Thomas Henry Huxley

- some exciting science/tech news for the day,

Germany has created a Stellerator that looks to be the first working nuclear fusion reactor.

They're putting in Helium to fuse for this month, then hydrogen in January.  It's passed all running tests so far.  It would be a surprise if it didn't work.