RCimT: Space roundup

A few quick Space links to cap Friday night.

On Bad Astronomy: Atlantis’ final reentry was caught from the IIS in this amazing picture. Also, an amateur astronomer managed to catch the IIS and Atlantis in broad daylight, 1.5 hrs after sunrise. Awesome!

Har har har. Courtesy of everywhere on the damned intertubes.

Speaking of amateur astronomy, this iPhone telescope clip would be awesome. If only someone would actually manufacture it! I’d buy two.

The Hubble telescope discovered a fourth moon of Pluto. Solar system’s getting crowded. Oh, and having a moon still doesn’t make you a planet.

Hanny’s Voorwerp is no longer unique in the universe. Galaxy Zoo discovered 19 more voorwerpje! (Maybe I’ll get to co-write a comic about each of them too!)

NASA has some stunning high-res pics of Vesta, an asteroid in the belt on the outskirts of our solar system and second only to the dwarf planet Ceres in mass.

And last, but certainly not least, HOLY FUCKING SHIT RUNNING WATER ON MARS. Sure, it’s just a trickle, but it’s there. Incredible. I’ll have to go into the implications another time; for now, time to get my weekend on.

Symphony of Science: The Case for Mars

Every one of these Symphony of Science songs makes my heart sing. I have to admit sometimes autotune makes my ear twitch, but this series has been incredibly good in that respect. Either they’ve got their autotune shit together so it doesn’t make me flinch, or the content is simply awesome enough to divert my attention from the autotuning.

I agree that we should be reaching for Mars in ten years rather than fifty, but unfortunately, one country has a virtual monopoly on space exploration at the moment, and they’re more interested in maintaining an occupation in two countries and engaging in a third war simultaneously at the moment. Real shame, that. Not to mention the domestic social change that could be effected, think of all the science that could be done with those hundreds of billions of dollars spent on pushing the brown people into the dirt!

Update: Apparently this is from June 3, 2010, not 2011. Not fresh. Not new. It was new to me, but evidently not to hipper, more with-it bloggers like The Black Widower who has significantly more to say than I do.

If it smells like Funk, it must be astrology

Yeah, I made a Black Eyed Peas reference and a non-ad-hominem attack in the title. Whatcha gonna do about it? I’ll be cross-posting everything below the fold at his site and will add the link here momentarily. I’ve cross-posted it here, though it’s apparently still in moderation due to the copious amount of links. Update: Jamie has pulled it out of the spam queue, right here. He edited it down to a link back here. Color me underwhelmed.

As I’m cross-posting, I plan on adding images and other kitsch to my post here to break up the wall-of-text effect, after the fact. I’ll save my most sarcastic commentary for their captions, naturally.

Brace yourselves. This is gonna be another long one.
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