Scipsy

Close-up view of the stellar nursery NGC 6357
The Transit of Venus from Space
Cygnus-X an extremely active region of massive-star birth 4500 light-years from Earth.

Cygnus-X an extremely active region of massive-star birth 4500 light-years from Earth.

Rubber Chicken in Space
A group of high school students from California launched an helium balloon sending “Camilla”, a rubber chicken, to an altitude of 36.5 kilometers. The mission of Camilla is part of an astrobiology project, that aims to find out if microbes can live at the edge of space. Camilla was launched right into a solar storm to be exposed to high-energy solar protons and she was equipped with a pair of radiation badges to measure the radiation, a ship full of instruments (four cameras, a cryogenic thermometer, GPS trackers, seven insects and 24 sunflower seeds), and a knitted space-suit.
Camilla flew twice: on March 3 and on March 10. The second launch coincided with one of the strongest proton storms of the year, with satellites reporting solar proton counts at about 30000 times normal.
Eventually Camilla returned back to Earth. […]

Rubber Chicken in Space

A group of high school students from California launched an helium balloon sending “Camilla”, a rubber chicken, to an altitude of 36.5 kilometers. The mission of Camilla is part of an astrobiology project, that aims to find out if microbes can live at the edge of space. Camilla was launched right into a solar storm to be exposed to high-energy solar protons and she was equipped with a pair of radiation badges to measure the radiation, a ship full of instruments (four cameras, a cryogenic thermometer, GPS trackers, seven insects and 24 sunflower seeds), and a knitted space-suit.

Camilla flew twice: on March 3 and on March 10. The second launch coincided with one of the strongest proton storms of the year, with satellites reporting solar proton counts at about 30000 times normal.

Eventually Camilla returned back to Earth. […]

Primary Mirror Segment Cryogenic Testing (by NASA Webb Telescope)

Primary Mirror Segment Cryogenic Testing (by NASA Webb Telescope)

What did John Glenn see?
ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle Jules Verne (via ESA)

ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle Jules Verne (via ESA)

Links Roundup #1

IMPOSSIBLE FIGURES, GRIEF≠DEPRESSION, MATH+CHILDREN, REVERSE ENGINEERING, NUMBER HYGIENE, SPACEWALK & SPACE MUSIC.

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When we admire the artwork of M.C. Escher, or we see some impossibile figure like the Pensore triange, how does the brain processe impossible objects?

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"The DSM-5 Mood Disorders Work Group has proposed eliminating in DSM-5 the major depression criterion E, “bereavement exclusion” (BE), which recognizes that depressive symptoms are sometimes normal in recently bereaved individuals.”

The failing in recognizing the difference between a proportionate response to a devastating emotional event and a mental illness carry the risk to make a caricature of psychiatry. Psychiatrists must think better.

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"Children as young as three to five years of age have the potential to learn mathematics that is surprisingly complex and sophisticated”, and, more impressive, infants by two months understand that unsupported objects will fall, and that hidden objects still exist and by five months of age they expect non-cohesive substances like water and sand to pour. This suggests that babies born with a basic understanding of how things in their environment operate.

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Ray Kurzweil is convinced that ”[…] by 2020 we’ll have computers that are powerful enough to simulate the human brain […] By 2029 […] we will have completed the reverse engineering of the human brain.”

Mh. I’m not sure.

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The Royal Statistical Society proposes 12 rules of “number hygiene” for journalists to at least achieve a basic understanding of numbers, statistics, graphs and so on (all of which are far too loved by journalists).

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"An EVA is probably the most physically demanding task an astronaut can undertake."How astronauts learn to “spacewalk”.

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The Sounds of Space.

"Musics in space is something very important for the moral of the crew and for the psychological support of the crew."

Globular cluster Messier 55 (M55, or NGC 6809) in the constellation Sagittarius. M55 is about 17600 light-years from Earth. Its mass is 269000 that of the Sun. It was discovered in 1752 by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille while he was observing from South Africa.

"It resembles an obscure nucleus of a big comet" 

Globular cluster Messier 55 (M55, or NGC 6809) in the constellation Sagittarius. M55 is about 17600 light-years from Earth. Its mass is 269000 that of the Sun. It was discovered in 1752 by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille while he was observing from South Africa.

"It resembles an obscure nucleus of a big comet" 

Tarantula Nebula and its surroundings (via ESO)

Tarantula Nebula and its surroundings (via ESO)