In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis, Aslan in the form of the albatross says “Courage, dear heart” to Lucy when she’s trapped on the Dark Island. I’ve gone through a lot of struggles with uncertainty, loneliness, and self-esteem, and this (my first tattoo) is a constant reminder that I am strong and I am never alone. 


Lego’s are a quintessential tool to fuel the imagination and stimulate creativity. What’s even better is that the toy is not just limited to children - in fact, there’s a whole community of grown adults dedicated to the Danish construction bricks.

The launch of the Lego Ideas website in 2008 invited professional and amateur builders alike to submit designs for Lego products that they would like to see built. Users would vote on which they liked best, and if it reached enough votes, the Lego design board would review it and consider the design for manufacture.

NASA’s Curiosity rover was turned into a Lego model by this very process back in 2014. The last few years have seen an uptick in space-related models, with proposals for Voyager, Rosetta, and Apollo missions among many others.

Exploration Flight Test 1 was recently unveiled in Lego form, as can be seen in the images above. Wouldn’t it make a great desk model?

Toute la jeunesse est allée mourir déjà au bout du monde dans le silence de vérité. Et où aller dehors, je vous le demande, dès qu’on a plus en soi la somme suffisante de délire ? La vérité, c’est une agonie qui n’en finit pas. La vérité de ce monde c’est la mort. Il faut choisir, mourir ou mentir. Je n’ai jamais pu me tuer moi.
—  Voyage au bout de la nuit, Céline.

Plumes of Enceladus

The magnificent plumes jetting out of the south pole of Enceladus, as captured by the Cassini spacecraft.



Enceladus is the sixth-largest moon of Saturn. It was discovered in 1789 by William Herschel. The Voyagers showed that the diameter of Enceladus is only 500 kilometers, about a tenth of that of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and that it reflects almost all the sunlight that strikes it. Enceladus has a wide range of surfaces ranging from old, heavily cratered regions to young, tectonically deformed terrains that formed as recently as 100 million years ago, despite its small size.

In 2005, the Cassini spacecraft started multiple close flybys of Enceladus, revealing its surface and environment in greater detail. In particular, Cassini discovered a water-rich plume venting from Enceladus’ south polar region. Cryovolcanoes near the south pole shoot geyser-like jets of water vapor, other volatiles, and solid material including sodium chloride crystals and ice particles into space, totaling approximately 200 kilograms per second. Over 100 geysers have been identified. Some of the water vapor falls back as “snow” and the rest escapes, which supplies most of the material making up Saturn’s E ring.

These observations, along with the finding of escaping internal heat and very few [if any] impact craters in the south polar region, show that Enceladus is geologically active today.