It's looking like the Tau Herculids meteor shower was a bit of a bust. I couldn't see it here at all (cloud cover). People who could see it reported 10 to 25 meteors an hour – not awful, but a far cry from the 'potentially 1000 an hour' figure some news sites were waving around. (Which I never believed anyway.)

> Tau Herculids meteor shower puts on a 'decent' display. cnn.com/2022/05/31/world/tau-h

> Rocket Lab catches, then drops booster in helicopter capture attempt. cnn.com/2022/05/02/tech/rocket

Hey Rocket Lab, I know *exactly* what that's like! You see the batter hit a pop fly and run like hell, somehow managing to judge it just right and get under the ball; and then miracle of miracles, it lands right in your mitt and you are all, "Woohoo! I caught it!" and the crowd is going wild …

… and then the ball bounces right back out and falls at your feet, mocking you and your dreams.

> A Weird Paper Tests The Limits of by Claiming Octopuses Came From . A summary of decades of research on a rather 'out-there' idea involving viruses from space raises questions on just how scientific we can be when it comes to speculating on the history of life on Earth. sciencealert.com/a-weird-paper

Weather isn't cooperating around here, but the Draconids meteor shower is happening this week. And it's one you don't have to be up at 3:00 AM to see!

* mlive.com/news/2021/10/rare-ea

As a matter of fact? There are two of them! The Arid meteor shower is also happening – and it's kinda the 'new kid on the block' as meteor showers go.

* phys.org/news/2021-10-arid-met

I'd like to see some critiques of this article; is it backed up by other work? If true, well, wow…

> A giant space rock demolished an ancient Middle Eastern city and everyone in it – possibly inspiring the Biblical story of Sodom. theconversation.com/a-giant-sp

Today again, Jupiter did it's job as the janitor of the solar system, cleaning up junk that might otherwise whack into us…

> Something big Just hit Jupiter! Something big Just hit Jupiter! universetoday.com/152583/somet

> NASA’s Mars helicopter had a midair brain fart. Ingenuity made frantic attempts to correct ‘phantom errors’ based on glitchy navigation data. theverge.com/2021/5/28/2245731

I really feel for Ingenuity here. I mean, I know exactly what it's like to get up, walk across the room, suddenly realize I forgot why, start back, stop, turn around, and then finally just give up and collapse on the floor in a confused heap.

Don't you?

> When a Mars Simulation Goes Wrong. A recent mission atop a Hawaiian volcano shows humans still have much to learn before they set foot on another world. theatlantic.com/science/archiv

People love the idea of colonizing Mars; often either ignoring or hand waving away the dangers of living on a planet inhospitable to life as we know it, six or more months away from help if things go wrong.

Thing is? We can't even figure out how to *pretend* we are living on Mars safely…

> NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Provides Front-Row Seat to Landing, First Audio Recording of Red Planet. nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-s-

Literally the first time any human being has heard what it sounds like to be on another planet. How cool is that?

Encyclopedia Astronautica. astronautix.com/

There's a lot of great information here! History of flight, specs and data for space vehicles, details on propellants and engines, and more.

> Where Are All the Tiny Black Holes? The discovery of a celestial “unicorn” that’s just a slim 2.9 solar masses may help unravel a mystery that has long puzzled astronomers. theatlantic.com/science/archiv

> Humans could move to this floating asteroid belt colony in the next 15 years, astrophysicist says. Should we build a 'megasatellite' of human habitats around the dwarf planet Ceres? It's more plausible than it sounds. livescience.com/megasatellite-

I'm a longtime fan of colonizing asteroid instead of Mars. After all, why fight your way out of a deep gravity well, only to go back down into another one? And the engineering challenges are nearly equivalent.

Holy Fuck!

> There Is No Secret Underground Base on Mars. slate.com/culture/2020/12/mars

Oh, wait… They said 'no'. 'No Secret Underground Base…'

Sorry. Please return to your previous Fediversing.

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