planetary environment

Humans are weird, and there’s an obvious reason

If you want to understand Humanity, take  a good look at our planet. Bit of headcanon I wrote a little while ago from a trekkie perspective but would apply generally.

Vulcans disregarded Earth (Sol 3) as a potential sentient life supporting planet because of it’s tumultuous origins, erratic axis and rapid spin (extreme weather, extreme environments, unstable planetary atmosphere, unstable planetary surface, unstable planetary aquatic systems, unstable magnetic core etc.). The system, only having one remaining naturally M class planet as well as a relatively bright star and an asteroid belt which made navigation complicated was generally left alone until some Vulcans visited Earth investigating the plant and animal life that had manage to evolve there and were astonished to find a bipedal species thriving across the planet with clear evidence of tool making.

So the planet is quarantined for twenty thousand years to allow their uninterrupted development but four thousand years later they make it into space, and less than two hundred years after that to warp.

Vulcans are stumped as it took them much longer, and they have better logical thinking conducive to undertaking such a task; less/no wars or conflicts and longer lives that allows better development of experience.

Humans have short lives, high reproduction rates, emotions, wild imaginations and an alarming capacity to disregard their own safety. In short they behave as erratically as their planet.

dearophelia  asked:

6, 21, 28!

6. Eos: Was your first settlement scientific, or military? Reasoning on your choice? 

Scientific. Zoe’s genuinely interested in the science, and besides, understanding the planetary environment and the Remnant better seemed like the only way they’re going to survive long-term.

21. Drack: After exposing Spender on the Nexus, his punishment options are imprisonment or exile.  Which did Ryder choose? Upon rescuing Vorn and the Seed Vault, Drack threatens the life of Spender’s associate, Aroan.  Did Ryder allow his death? 

Imprisonment. Zoe’s gotten uncomfortable with exile as a punishment – it seems like everyone has been taking the option of “let’s throw people we don’t like into a worse place,” and that bothers her for reasons she can’t quite put her finger on. And much as Zoe enjoyed watching Aroane dangle upside-down, she thought he might have something useful to tell them.

28. Upon boarding the Archon’s ship, Ryder discovers that the Kett have been experimenting on the Krogan.  Does Ryder rescue the Krogan captives, or opt instead to save the Salarian Pathfinder, Zevin Raeka? 

She rescued the krogan captives. This was a tough choice, and one she worried about after the fact, but she went with her gut in the moment, and her gut said she didn’t want the Archon to perfect exaltation of krogan.

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The Outland Industries Solaris has safely docked. Please prepare to deploy. Be advised the planetary environment may be hostile, so be sure to double check enviro-suit seals and O2 levels. Please follow safety instructions and keep our planet’s security team in sight at all times, as they will guide you to the Deltar city limits. Thank you for flying Outland Industries. Enjoy your stay.

And welcome to Atiria.

Some Jedi Service Corps thoughts for @jhaernyl, based on their meta

Part 1 - Service Corps general

The six branches of the Service Corps are Agricultural, Medical, Exploration, Educational, Logistics, and Technical.

Initiates sent into the Service Corps, no matter where they’re initially assigned, are housed in the Corps District to continue their education (they’re Definitely NOT sent directly off world by themselves).  This includes some standard Order curriculum, a general knowledge of all branches of the Corps and teachings on the Force.  It also includes a continuation of physical training and weaponry. only instead of lightsabers, they’ve got various hand to hand combats, ranged and melee weapons (all very uncivilized), and a number of devices made up by the Techs.  Combat training is taught to be defensive first and offensive as a last resort.

Teachers are from all areas, and aim to help the transition from Initiate to Novice.  After a period of time (maybe 2 or 3 years) the Council of Reassignment will reassess a novices’s branch assignment.

Various branches of the Service Corps often work collaboratively on all sorts of problems and ideas. i.e., the ExplorCorps will send plant/soil samples and data back to the AgriCorps, who work with TechCorps to recreate various planetary environments and the MediCorps to study the botany.

The basic term of address for any member is Corpseti.  Corps specific terms include Greenhand (AgriCorps), Medic, Teacher, Traveller (ExplorCorps), Admin or Logis (LogistiCorps), Technician.

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Many ancient cultures, including Native Americans, had a very different focus than is found today in Western society. These cultures lived in harmony with nature. In fact, they worshiped the Goddess energy that we sometimes refer to as Mother Nature. Today they are often referred to as Earth Mother societies. In ancient times, such cultures were commonly matriarchal in orientation. Many of their symbolic rituals were expressions of their desire for attunement with the guiding forces of the planetary and cosmic environment in which they lived. They had a deep abiding respect for all life. Today we would consider them to be highly right-brain oriented because they lived their lives with a greater recognition of the symbolic and synchronistic nature of life. They paid tremendous attention to symbolic information that came from their dreams and often used such information as an aid in making important decisions. These societies were frequently guided by the tribal elders, who were often shamans or medicine men–keepers of the sacred wisdom. The shamans would attain mystical states of awareness to obtain symbolic guidance from waking visions and from the dream state that would assist them in seeing deeper levels of truth, especially when they were confronted with difficult dilemmas. Many of their communications and archives were through symbolic pictographs. Such ancient cultures nurtured creativity and growth in the individual.
In contrast, Western societies are extremely left-brain oriented, analytical, and precise in language and communication. These societies tend to be materialistic by nature. Lives frequently become focused upon the search for power, control, and material acquisition. Happiness is often defined by the amount of goods and properties owned. This materialistic philosophy has been summed up rather appropriately by the popular saying “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Western societies have gradually weeded out mysticism from the experience of everyday life. Individuals have begun to pursue science as a type of new religion where technology is the fruit that the scientific priesthood has harvested. Western society is now guided by a sterile scientific philosophy that has become obsessed with an overly mechanistic, reductionistic viewpoint of life. Yet there are many who struggle to find deeper meaning in their lives.
—  Barbara Hand Clow, Astrology and the Rising of Kundalini
Juno: Exploring Jupiter’s Intense Radiation

Since 2011, our Juno spacecraft has been heading towards Jupiter, where it will study the gas giant’s atmosphere, aurora, gravity and magnetic field. Along the way, Juno has had to deal with the radiation that permeates space.

All of space is filled with particles, and when these particles get moving at high speeds, they’re called radiation. We study space radiation to better protect spacecraft as they travel through space, as well as to understand how this space environment influences planetary evolution. Once at Jupiter, Juno will have a chance to study one of the most intense radiation environments in our solar system.

Near worlds with magnetic fields – like Earth and Jupiter – these fast-moving particles can get trapped inside the magnetic fields, creating donut-shaped swaths of radiation called radiation belts.

Jupiter’s radiation belts – the glowing areas in the animation below – are especially intense, with particles so energetic that they zip up and down the belts at nearly the speed of light.

Earth also has radiation belts, but they aren’t nearly as intense as Jupiter’s – why? First, Jupiter’s magnetic field is much stronger than Earth’s, meaning that it traps and accelerates faster particles.

Second, while both Earth’s and Jupiter’s radiation belts are populated with particles from space, Jupiter also has a second source of particles – its volcanically active moon Io. Io’s volcanoes constantly release plumes of particles that are energized by Jupiter’s magnetic field. These fast particles get trapped in Jupiter’s radiation belts, making the belts that much stronger and more intense.  

In addition to studying this vast space environment, Juno engineers had to take this intense radiation into consideration when building the spacecraft. The radiation can cause instruments to degrade, interfere with measurements, and can even give the spacecraft itself an electric charge – not good for something with so many sensitive electronics.  

Since we know Jupiter is a harsh radiation environment, we designed Juno with protections in place to keep it safe. Most of Juno’s electronics live inside a half-inch-thick titanium vault, where most of the radiation can’t reach them. We also planned Juno’s orbit to swoop in very close to Jupiter’s surface, underneath the most intense pockets of radiation in Jupiter’s radiation belts.

Juno arrives at Jupiter on July 4th. Throughout its time orbiting the planet, it will send back data on Jupiter’s magnetic field and energetic particles, helping us understand this intense radiation environment better than ever before.

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