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.

> Rocket Lab catches, then drops booster in helicopter capture attempt.

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.

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!


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.


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.

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!

> NASA’s Mars helicopter had a midair brain fart. Ingenuity made frantic attempts to correct ‘phantom errors’ based on glitchy navigation data.

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.

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.

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

Encyclopedia Astronautica.

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.

> 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.

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.

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

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