Daily Archives: August 2, 2012

  • Men and Machines

    Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.

    – Carl Sagan (Cosmos, 1980)

    Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have gazed up at the stars and planets overhead. Even now, separated from our forebears by an expansive gulf of time, technology and knowledge, the stars remain distant, esoteric but evocative targets. Our curiosity and thirst for understanding drives us on, pushing the limits of human endurance, engineering and science to the point where 528 humans from 38 nations have flown beyond the tenuous envelope of gases clinging to the surface of the Earth into wilderness of


    cu·ri·os·i·ty [kyoor-ee-os-i-tee]


    1.[noun] a state in which you want to learn more about something  Synonyms: wonder

    2.[noun] something unusual  Synonyms: curio, oddity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity

    Curiosity — Robot Geologist and Chemist in One!

    Well, there couldn’t be a better word to describe the Mars Science Laboratory, which is on the final stages of its flight to Mars.

    Brush up on all your Curiosity trivia at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/

    What I learned: Curiosity weighs 900 kilograms, or about 2,000 pounds and has less than 800,000 miles to the finish line – a heavyweight champion on

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