The universe is so big and wondrous that I can’t help but gasp at some of the latest NASA news (and yes, even without a shuttle program, we’re still exploring and learning). The next phase of my discovery is usually chatting a friend with a link and a lot of exclamation points, or trying to get my co-workers on board with the idea of a space colony (they’re not joining me, BTW; guess I’ll have to call it working remotely when I go).
First, I read that scientists think there is ice on Mercury. BUT IT’S SO CLOSE TO THE SUN, you shout. Ah — but the poles don’t get enough light to heat up all the way. The best part of that story?
“The water could also be an intriguing resource for people. Between the scorched equator and the frozen poles, temperatures on Mercury can be temperate, especially a few feet below the surface, where the soil insulates against the temperature swings between day and night — an ideal location to build a colony.
“People joke about it, but it’s not so crazy, really,” said David A. Paige, a professor of geology at U.C.L.A. who calculated the crater temperatures.
I am super excited about my future summer home on Mercury. Who’s with me?
BUT THEN, as if that weren’t great news enough, the Curiosity rover on Mars has found hints of organic elements (cough, life).
Cue the music: David Bowie’s Life on Mars covered by Brazilian singer Seu Jorge, as seen in the movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
And lastly, don’t forget to check out The Atlantic‘s Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar. It’s 25 days of gorgeous images from Hubble.
Images of broken light, which
Dance before me like a million eyes,
They call me on and on across the universe. (Lennon)