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Philae probe bounces on a comet…

Rosetta and Philae are now in contact again, and we have more detail on yesterday’s landing, including the first part of a panoramic image of the probe’s surrounding, including what looks like a craggy cliff. Yesterday mission team members told us that they think that Philae bounced, and now they believe it bounced three times…

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Philae lands on Comet 67P, perhaps twice!

Philae, the little lander that hitch-hiked to Comet 67P aboard the Rosetta Spacecraft, landed today. Perhaps twice! The above image is, as of this moment, the latest image we have. It’s taken from 3KM above the surface of the comet with the landing zone dead center. It’s important to note that 67P and the Rosetta…

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Two Views of Titan

This is Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, as seen by the Cassini Probe. Titan is a fascinating moon with a thick atmosphere and lakes of liquid methane. Cassini recently captured this image of the sun reflecting off one such lake. Though the typology is earth-like, the chemistry certainly is not! Cassini, though only a…

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Where I’m Living, and What For

As I mentioned back in August, I bought a 1947 Spartan Manor and contracted with a renovator to bring it back to life. It arrived in September, when I realized that what I thought would be nearly done was still several months of work from finished. But I had it in my posession finally, and…

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In the Gutter, Refusing to Look at the Stars

The night sky is my refuge. I find peace and inspiration and a kind of analytical comfort in its resolute refusal to feel sorry for me or my planet. I see potential there, a million possible worlds where the universe is experimenting with consciousness and intelligence.  But lately I’ve felt a strange resistance to looking…

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What I’ve Been Up To, and Why…

I fixed the gyro that had my life briefly spinning out of control, and am back up and running. Bicycle Astronomy will start up again soon here in Geneva. The Bicycle Astromomy facebook page is already relaying useful content on bikes and telescopes (and their various uses) to a wider audience. And the twitter feed…

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The Song of Saturn

There are some places in the world where it seems to be easy to capture beautiful images. When I travelled in Turkey, I felt like I could have aimed my camera blindfolded and came away with great images. It seems there are similar places of excessive beauty in the solar system, and Saturn is one…