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The adventures of an unstable geologist

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carolynporco:

We on Cassini received wonderful news today. In a review this past summer of all the 7 NASA missions seeking to extend their operations for several more years and requesting additional funding to do so, Cassini was the only one of them receiving an unqualified `Excellent’ for its science and future plans. So, we are now gratefully anticipating another 3 years of exploration, with mission operations ending on September 24, 2017 with a dramatic nose-dive into the planet.How wonderful it is to know that we will live out the full, unabridged promise of this extraordinary mission. For many of us, for the past quarter century, it has been a way of life. For many of us, its end will mirror the end of a major portion of our life’s work.But this is no time to get sentimental. We now are looking forward to 3 more glorious years of new discoveries and insights, three more close flybys of Enceladus, flights over the Saturn pole and through the rings, and, of course, many more of the most soul-stirring, magnificent vistas there are to be seen anywhere this side of the Oort cloud.Enjoy!
Science/AAAS: NASA extends seven planetary missions

carolynporco:

We on Cassini received wonderful news today. In a review this past summer of all the 7 NASA missions seeking to extend their operations for several more years and requesting additional funding to do so, Cassini was the only one of them receiving an unqualified `Excellent’ for its science and future plans. So, we are now gratefully anticipating another 3 years of exploration, with mission operations ending on September 24, 2017 with a dramatic nose-dive into the planet.

How wonderful it is to know that we will live out the full, unabridged promise of this extraordinary mission. For many of us, for the past quarter century, it has been a way of life. For many of us, its end will mirror the end of a major portion of our life’s work.

But this is no time to get sentimental. We now are looking forward to 3 more glorious years of new discoveries and insights, three more close flybys of Enceladus, flights over the Saturn pole and through the rings, and, of course, many more of the most soul-stirring, magnificent vistas there are to be seen anywhere this side of the Oort cloud.

Enjoy!

Science/AAAS: NASA extends seven planetary missions

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strike-the-dip:

This Week’s Search Topic: Stratovolcano (Tues.-Sat.) Thanks to Circuitdesign for the topic!

Today’s Caption: “Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Katmai Caldera, a collapse feature that formed during the catastrophic eruption of nearby Novarupta Volcano in June 1912, is a steep-walled, 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) diameter crater which truncates a formerly 2,290-meter (7,513-foot) high stratovolcano. The caldera is partially filled by a blue-green lake about 250 meters (820 feet) deep. The lake level was still rising when last measured in the mid-1970’s. Photo by C. Neal, June 4, 1990.”

My Caption: That would be awesome to ice-skate on.

URL For this photo: http://libraryphoto.cr.usgs.gov/cgi-bin/show_picture.cgi?ID=ID.%20S0002328

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furtherlightandtruth:

Check out this awesome miniature Foucault pendulum in the science building on NMSU campus.
I want to make one of these and keep it in my living room.
Patterns fascinate me.

furtherlightandtruth:

Check out this awesome miniature Foucault pendulum in the science building on NMSU campus.

I want to make one of these and keep it in my living room.

Patterns fascinate me.