For National Poetry Month. Photo provided by the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. Credit: CSIRO/Glen Nagle.
At work we posted an interesting package of stories about citizen scientists Did you know anyone can help NASA scientists with real research? Check it out: solarsystem.nasa.gov/citizenscience . Some of my sketchbook page pieces are based on citizen science projects.
We even included a few profiles of people who made the leap from the amateur community to working at NASA, and they picked me for one of them: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ne…/400/the-ride-of-a-lifetime/
I’m one fortunate SOB.
Photo by Sam Dunford
Near Daniels Summit, Utah. I think the tree is a Douglas Fir, but I’m having a surprisingly hard time verifying that.
I’m nostalgic about this one because it contains the planet Saturn–and Cassini, three months to the day before Cassini disappeared forever into the planet. I put this one to use in a sketchbook page.
See below for July 2015 update
When I first made this graphic, it included two unexplored worlds: Ceres and Pluto, and 2015 seemed impossibly far away.
Now here we are, and only one remains. Of course, all these places have centuries of exploration ahead, but the era of unveiling major worlds in our solar system for the first time is reaching its twilight, right before our eyes. I almost don’t want it to end.
Updated July 2015
Now this chart is complete. (But the exploration of the solar system is not.)
For years, scientists exploring the Earth’s moon have benefitted from detailed, three-dimensional views of the lunar landscape. Now, it’s easier than ever for anyone to see those same 3D pictures. Continue reading “The Moon, In Depth”