Infinity Imagined
Multicellular Organic
Neural Network
Lives in Nitrogen-Oxygen Atmosphere
270 K - 300 K
Eats, Breathes, Thinks, Creates
The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.

Primary cells isolated from embryonic rat striatum and allowed to differentiate into neurons.
Credit: Keck Lab, University of Wisconsin.

MAVEN spacecraft launches to Mars

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft launches aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 1:28 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
MAVEN is the first spacecraft devoted to exploring and understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. The trip to Mars takes 10 months, and MAVEN will go into orbit around Mars in September 2014.

Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Iceberg B-31 separating from the calving front of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier on November 13th, 2013  This iceberg is 700 square kilometers, 50% larger than previous icebergs in this area.  Scientists are studying Pine Island Glacier closely because there is evidence that warmer seawater below the shelf will cause the glacier to thin and move more rapidly into the sea.
Tropical Cyclone 3A over Somalia on November 11th, 2013.  The storm left more than 100 dead and destroyed hundreds of homes and thousands of livestock.  Tropical cyclones in this region are rare, Cyclone 3A is the fifth such storm since 1966, although it is the second in 2 consecutive years.

A reminder that there is an image of the sunset seen from Mars.
Take a moment to realize that this is the result of a robotic motor vehicle travelling millions of kilometres of space, successfully landing on the surface of another planet and communicating with Earth from there.
Captured by NASA’s Spirit rover in 2006.

Galileo view of an Earth-Moon conjunction

As Galileo receded from its second flyby of Earth on December 16 and 17, 1992, it captured this sequence of Earth rotating as the Moon zipped by on its orbit. There are 56 frames in total, each separated by 15 minutes, spanning about 14 hours.

Credit: NASA / JPL / Doug Ellison

Looking in the mirror from 898,410,414 miles away…
NASA has released a raw edition of July’s photo of Earth and the moon, as seen from the Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn.
From out there, we look like stars. 
Just a tip, NASA: We’re gonna have to give it a better name than “N00213959.jpg”. Maybe “Pale Blue Sparkle”?
(hi-res at NASA website, a more processed version is sure to come… stay tuned)
The planet Saturn, imaged in natural light by the Cassini Spacecraft on October 10th, 2013.
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