Great astrophotographies – June 2010

This is time for me to present my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). As always, this month was packed with beautiful images. It was difficult to select just ten. To the NASA, today’s picture : The full fisheye frame shows everything above the horizon, including a lamp-illuminated… Continue reading Great astrophotographies – June 2010

40 years ago…

40 years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. I mention this as I always have been attracted by space conquest, the Apollo program and so on. Nowadays, the US government is thinking about what should follow and is wondering where we should go first, back… Continue reading 40 years ago…

Blue Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson

I finished in January the last part of the Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy. After two months I still keep thinking about this book and its great plot, fantastic characters and awesome story telling. If my favorite book for 2007 was Collapse, there is no doubt  that the Mars Trilogy will be the books I… Continue reading Blue Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson

20,000 leagues under the sea with Google

I already noted how Google is preoccupied by the environment and how it is investing in renewables. This commitment becomes more concrete with the new Google Earth which enables to learn on oceans’ environmental issues. Among the partners of this project are the Cousteau Society and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural… Continue reading 20,000 leagues under the sea with Google

Green Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Last month I finished Green Mars, the second part of the Mars Trilogy by famous US sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson. After the first book, this one is even better and longer. I always liked the science fiction genre as well as sciences – both social and hard ones – and truly loved this book… Continue reading Green Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson

There is water on Mars !

This is now official, even if there is no life on Mars, there is at least water. This most interesting founding is due to the US NASA and its Mars Phoenix Lander mission. The mission begun on May 25th and was extended one month until the end of September as the findings are very interesting… Continue reading There is water on Mars !

Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Last month I finished a fantastic science fiction book I had been reading for three months. As it is the first part of a trilogy, I think I will stay on the Red planet for a long time. Kim Stanley Robinson is a sheer genius and if you like sci-fi, I strongly recommend you reading… Continue reading Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Avalanches on Mars

David Bowie once sung that there is Life on Mars, but scientifically this has to be proved. However, there are already avalanches of carbon dioxide ice. The picture on the left was taken last month by a NASA mission. It shows clearly that such a phenomenon occurs in the Northern Hemisphere of the planet. This… Continue reading Avalanches on Mars