Handy Guide to Space Probes

 DATELINE:  Curiosity Merges with Probability

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If you are interested in seeing all the photos from landings on planets in this solar system, or just the close-up flybys of moons of Jupiter, Saturn, etc., you will find that Curiosity Stream offering a big treat: Space Probes.

Their little miniseries is a mere six episodes, averaging around 20 to 25 minutes each. It offers an intriguing history of space exploration for sixty years by means of probe missions.

All the photos of planets and moons are handily together under the umbrellas of their locations:  the inner hellish planets, the red rovers, giants and their moons, as well as Pluto.

With the recent landing of a new rover on Mars—and on January 1st of another New Explorer flyby of a planetoid beyond Pluto, you may want to catch up on the variety and development of the science.

Mostly this is a NASA show (and we are irked by how many nowadays fail to realize that NASA is an all-cap acronym).

Only the episode on Venus really give any credit to the Russians and their dogged and intrepid series of landers on the Venutian surface. They even sent a balloon to sail around the atmosphere.

Yet, it is the cute Mars rovers, gradually increasing in size and sophistication that are truly anthropomorphic.

We were fascinated with the landing on Titan with its lakes of methane and pictures. And, the geysers of the Jovian moons with their frozen oceans is always a treat.

So, we commend Space Probes from Curiosity Stream for making it possible to have a capsulated series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Art of NASA’s Rover

DATELINE: HUMOR!

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Your tax dollars are hard—at work.

 

Up there on Mars, the manly god of war planet, in the red clay of the surface, our cheeky little rover is having a grand old time.

 

Without a men’s room in the vicinity, the rover has had nowhere to peddle his artwork. The ever-lasting image from Mars will always be what some Romans used to draw on the walls of their local bathhouse.

 

The rover named Curiosity has a streak that transcends history. We are sure you can find similar drawings on the walls of Machu Pinchu or inside the Pyramids.

 

Cavemen traced such images in the dark recesses of their local man cave. Now the NASA rover has followed suit.

 

 

 

Like all great empires, the examples are bigger than all previous efforts. And, the rover’s sand drawing is more than a red castle in the sky; it is beach blanket bingo.

 

If a kid takes a stick and traces a phallus in the sand at the beach, the tide will not wait to erase it. However, an image in the red sand of Mars will last for several hundred thousand years. We can only wait for the next asteroid to strike. Then, like an Etch-a-Sketch image, the phallus will disappear into the cosmic memory.

 

As for now, we have a big laugh at the size of the joke.