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The other day I received a very sweet package from a chemistry teacher/former scientist as she says (even though to me she's forever a scientist) there were patches, amazing #womeninscience postcards, and what my favorite part was a hand written letter. In it she expressed some of her feelings over my outreach and just my presence on Twitter, and I have to say people like her truly make up for all the absolutely nasty and narcissistic/coated in righteousness people I usually deal with.
I was thinking maybe I should set up a PO box since I keep receiving things like these and it's just so sweet and inspiring that I want to catalog them and maybe use them as inspiration for others. .
There is a massive dust #storm on Mars right now that is turning day into night, it was reported by #NASA that the storm is one of the strongest to ever be recorded and as of June 10th it's covered 15.8 million square miles, almost the size of North America and Russia combined.
Because it is blocking so much sunlight it is affecting the operation of #Mars#rover Opportunity (or as we lovingly call it #Oppy). Needless to say some of us have been rooting for the rover and basically holding our breathes for news updates.
Images: NASA/JPL bottom image is what Oppy was seeing during the storm.
Model of one of the best #spacecrafts in #space#exploration history #Cassini hanging from the sealing at the
Some Cassini facts:
Launch date: October 15, 1997
Launch vehicle: Titan IVB/Centaur
Saturn arrival date: July 1, 2004
Mission end date: September 15, 2017
Launch mass: 5,574 kilograms (6.1 tons), includes 2,442 kilograms (5,384 pounds) spacecraft and 3,132 kilograms (6,905 pounds) fuel
Total flight path: 5 billion kilometers (3 billion, 200 million miles)
Maximum speed: 15.5 kilometers per second (34,680 miles per hour) after Earth gravitational boost
Power: 700 watts of electrical power comes from three radioisotope thermoelectric generators
Communications: three antennas, operating at microwave frequency. The large white dish on Cassini is the 2-way high-gain antenna.
Here's a picture of little ROV-E next to the Mars rover, just so you can see how adorably tiny it is. A mini rover with a computer brain built to interact with people about NASA's Mars missions. I met the cutie last weekend at #JPL. The more questions you ask to the more it learns even though it already knows a lot about Mars missions. You can learn more about it here: https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/ask-nasa-mars/#/
My obsession with symmetry on my #laptop is slowly but surely going straight to hell, because #space swag was bountiful this weekend with my enabling friends throwing awesome #stickers at me like they're confetti, I'm trying to keep it like this, but that left corner spot is bothering me lol