Maybe we’re on Mars because of the magnificent science that can be done there — the gates of the wonder world are opening in our time. Maybe we’re on Mars because we have to be, because there’s a deep nomadic impulse built into us by the evolutionary process — we come, after all, from hunter-gatherers, and for 99.9% of our tenure on Earth we’ve been wanderers. And the next place to wander to is Mars. But whatever the reason you’re on Mars is, I’m glad you’re there. And I wish I was with you. — Carl Sagan
Prior to his untimely 1996 passing, Carl Sagan recorded a message for the brave men and women embarking on the first non-robotic mission to Mars. Here is an excerpt from that message (image source is unknown).
It looks a lot more complicated than Lunar Lander on my Commodore 64…
We posted this back in spring, but in case you missed it then: How Curiosity will land on Mars, in 11 easy steps.
Plus: The Anatomy of Curiosity.
I found lunar lander online!!
read more about Mars…
The Sun and Inner Planets Moving Through Space
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, the North Star, or Polaris, guides you true north. You can find Polaris by first locating the Big Dipper and Little Dipper constellations. Polaris is also the middle star in the ‘M’-shaped neighboring constellation, Cassiopeia.
Read on for more on constellations…
(Source: , via itsfullofstars)