The Universe normally does an overview of ‘space news’ each month. But after the events of last week, we thought it would be a good idea to re-cap!
This is a selection of breaking news stories, all covered by The Universe, from February 11-17, 2013.
Meteor explodes over Russia – Image: AP (Nasha Gazeta Newspaper http://www.ng.kz/AP)
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2012 DA14 Flyby – Image: Dave Herald, Murrumbateman, Australia
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Landsat Data Continuity Mission Launch –
Image: United Launch Alliance
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Hubble Images Interacting Galaxies:
Image: ESA/Hubble & NASA
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Image: Peter Ward, Barden Ridge Observatory
It’s been about three months since my last Challenge entry. I haven’t been feeling that well physically, but I couldn’t resist last night’s display.
The week before, two friends of mine got into an argument. Brandon, excited for the landing, brought it up to Sam, who was decidedly not: “Pretty cool, but I wish they spent that money forgiving my student loans.” His law school debt was, in a different sense, astronomical.
Brandon bit back. “No offense, but I think that space exploration trumps having another blood sucking lawyer around.”
Sam didn’t flinch. “What’s the benefit? What have we gained from Mars or the moon? Why not spend the cash on other research–infectious diseases perhaps? Government has limited resources; If it spends money, the results must benefit the populace.”
Brandon was having a hard time articulating his point. “The benefit is exploring,” he said. “It’s to gain as much understanding of the universe.”
Sam was unconvinced. “That’s open-ended,” he said. “Exploring for shits and giggles should be left to the private sector. There’s got to be a benefit, otherwise the government should be spending the money on more pressing things.”
This argument occurs, year after year, at dinner parties and in Congress alike. Every time, someone asks the question: why are we paying for NASA? Why did we send Curiosity, at such enormous cost, when we’ve already sent three rovers? Why do we continue to spend billions on rovers and space telescopes and shuttles and space stations when there’s so much to fix here on earth? Just, why?
We had a pretty good view of the fireworks from all quarters of the city, and a really great seat for the night. I managed to get a decent few stills of the pretty colors, the best of which I’m posting here; the other few I will add to my FB album.
I even got some video of little Z ❤ clowning around, ’cause documenting family history is important. He had a blast! ^_^
Today has been one giant headache for me, literally. Due to mild dehydration and allergies, I’ve been battling migraine-like symptoms all day, and now on into the night.
In between spikes of pain, I managed to snap a few photos.