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Earth-set image shot by the HDTV onboard the KAGUYA This still image was cut out from a moving image (tele shot) taken by
the HDTV onboard the KAGUYA at 12:07 p.m. on November 7, 2007 (Japan
Standard Time, JST,) then sent to the JAXA Usuda Deep Space Center.
In the image, the Moon's surface is near the South Pole, and we can see
the Australian Continent (center left) and the Asian Continent (lower
right) on the Earth. (In this image, the upper side of the Earth is the
Southern Hemisphere, thus the Australian Continent looks upside-down.)
remember back when they were going to re-start plutonium production at INL (formerly INEL, INEEL)
Vice Admiral John Grossenbacher, Director of INL, talks to a local reporter about what the plutonium was going to be used for. Note: MOST of the Plutonium that would have been for national security missions - not space batteries. It seems what he's saying, between the lines is: Listen, places sometimes are remote, and our national security aparatus need access to electricity, and don't ask too many questions like: isn't near-earth-orbit a rather remote and desolate space that might happen energy in order for things to operate?
SOLAR PROMINENCE: This morning in the Philippines, John Nassr looked for the first time through his new Personal Solar Telescope and, he says, "I was welcomed by a large prominence!" Here it is:
The fiery archway is big enough to hold the entire planet Earth with room to space. "It's a big one," agrees Greg Piepol of Rockville, Maryland, who snapped this
follow-up photo hours later.
The face of the sun may be blank and dull--see below--but the edge is definitely worth watching. If you have a solar telescope, take a look.
BLANK SUNS: The
sun has been blank--no sunspots--for 14 consecutive days. It's a
sign of solar minimum. If forecasters
are correct, the absolute rock bottom of the solar cycle will come in March 2008. Is this exciting? In a sense it is. The blank days we see now herald a sea change to come in March when the sun transitions from a quieting star to an increasingly active
Meanwhile in Texas, Sam
Cole was eager to photograph some kind of sunspot, so last week he angled the sun behind a construction project near the shore of Austin's Lady Bird Lake: