Make It Happen

Pluto, perennial pipsqueak of the planets, could be reinstated by the International Astronomical Union to full planet status–as some NASA scientists are proposing.

Pluto was called a planet from 1930 to 2006… Pluto’s demotion angered some scientists who are still fighting for Pluto to be reinstated as a planet, including Alan Stern, the lead scientist with NASA’s New Horizon’s mission to Pluto.

Stern recently submitted a proposal to the International Astronomical Union to make Pluto a full-fledged planet.

In the mind of the public, the word ‘planet’ carries a significance lacking in other words used to describe planetary bodies, according to the proposal.  In the decades following the supposed ‘demotion’ of Pluto by the International Astronomical Union, many members of the public, in our experience, assume that alleged ‘non-planets’ cease to be interesting enough to warrant scientific exploration.

A planet is a sub-stellar mass body that has never undergone nuclear fusion and that has sufficient self-gravitation to assume a spheroidal shape adequately described by a triaxial ellipsoid regardless of its orbital parameters, the proposal continued.

Who besides the IAU cares whether or not Pluto is smaller than earth’s moon?  It meets all other criteria necessary for planet hood.  Vote it in–make it happen.  Now, that’s a cause we can all get behind!

 

–Science & Health, http://www.voanews.com/–

I’m From Mars–Where Are You From?

Where did earth life originate?  Biochemist, Steven Benner, from the Westheimer Institute For Science and Technology in Florida, theorized it may have come from Mars.

An oxidized form of the element, molybdenum, essential to the formation of the building blocks of life, didn’t exist on earth.

There is evidence that Earth life originated on Mars and was brought to Earth aboard meteorites.   Then, and only then, could the “primordial soup” bubble and become the basis of all Earth life.

The first mission to Mars could really be a homecoming.

Any aficionado of fifties sci-fi, like myself, already knows the truth.  We earthlings formerly lived on Mars, defiled the planet, and had to relocate on earth.  This is fair warning–clean this place up!  Keep it clean!

 

–mike wall, http://www.space.com/–

image from “Mars Attacks,” http://www.ifccenter.com/

The End is Near (Disappearing Reassurance)

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.
The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unholy trinity
Platitudes-attitudes-intolerance
Doctrines, dogmas
Square pegs, round holes
Putdowns passed around

Downward spirals, fiscal cliffs
Disappearing reassurance, mass hysteria
Mother Earth will crash and burn?
Retribution, lessons unlearned
December 21st almost nigh

Salutations, lamentations?
Peace, love, tranquility?
As it was in the beginning
It will be in the end
Hardest part is in the middle