Lack of tolerance & understanding over a leisure pursuit which one person finds Dea's presence in.

I am appalled by the comments raised by Deanists & Filianists over this post:

There is such a lack of tolerance & understanding over a leisure pursuit which one person finds Dea’s presence in.

Please remember this Madrian advice:
“Every individual soul is precisely that, and, indeed, eternally unique - each expressive of a complete part or portion of She. Every soul has their own path to tread in their return to She.”

“It is important to remember this point, which is that when one searches for one’s path - one searches for one’s life, and for one’s life is one’s path and one’s path is one’s life.
One, everyone, lives one’s life in this world together with every other creature and thing in this world.”

“The process for the soul is threefold, thus. The individual development, and the collective development, and the interaction between the two makes three in the process to Perfection. At no moment and in no place does this cease to be true, so there is no escape from this either in the heavens or upon the earth for any creature. One’s path, arightly, is the way one wilfully chooses to ‘be’ in one’s right-desire to attain Perfection. This is true in one’s place of work, home, and within all of society at every moment; and this path is, simply, one’s life - present existence - one’s wholehearted belief and desire for (that) one’s life, and for the life or lives of all other lives, irrespective of adversities and hurts and conflicts.”

So every person has their own being & life which is different from another.
If you disagree, that is because you are on a different soul path.
Each Deanic & Filianic Tradition is actually one person’s viewpoint, that includes Madrian, Aristasian, Chelouranyan, Lucienne, Auroran, Janite etc.

You should do no more than state my opinion is different than yours. It is as Dea Wills.
To personally attack another person’s life, soul path, view on Dea in their life is at the least, not going to alter that person’s views. At its most destructive, drive people away from the faith.

This being the year of Madria Vicka / Nike / Sai Vikhë as a faith community, we should be wary of disagreements, strife and conflict.

Just my humble opinion.

Cassini Spacecraft: Top Discoveries

Our Cassini spacecraft has been exploring Saturn, its stunning rings and its strange and beautiful moons for more than a decade.

Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators are deliberately plunging Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturn’s moons will remain pristine for future exploration – in particular, the ice-covered, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus, but also Titan, with its intriguing pre-biotic chemistry.

Let’s take a look back at some of Cassini’s top discoveries:  


Under its shroud of haze, Saturn’s planet-sized moon Titan hides dunes, mountains of water ice and rivers and seas of liquid methane. Of the hundreds of moons in our solar system, Titan is the only one with a dense atmosphere and large liquid reservoirs on its surface, making it in some ways more like a terrestrial planet.

Both Earth and Titan have nitrogen-dominated atmospheres – over 95% nitrogen in Titan’s case. However, unlike Earth, Titan has very little oxygen; the rest of the atmosphere is mostly methane and traced amounts of other gases, including ethane.

There are three large seas, all located close to the moon’s north pole, surrounded by numerous smaller lakes in the northern hemisphere. Just one large lake has been found in the southern hemisphere.


The moon Enceladus conceals a global ocean of salty liquid water beneath its icy surface. Some of that water even shoots out into space, creating an immense plume!

For decades, scientists didn’t know why Enceladus was the brightest world in the solar system, or how it related to Saturn’s E ring. Cassini found that both the fresh coating on its surface, and icy material in the E ring originate from vents connected to a global subsurface saltwater ocean that might host hydrothermal vents.

With its global ocean, unique chemistry and internal heat, Enceladus has become a promising lead in our search for worlds where life could exist.


Saturn’s two-toned moon Iapetus gets its odd coloring from reddish dust in its orbital path that is swept up and lands on the leading face of the moon.

The most unique, and perhaps most remarkable feature discovered on Iapetus in Cassini images is a topographic ridge that coincides almost exactly with the geographic equator. The physical origin of the ridge has yet to be explained…

It is not yet year whether the ridge is a mountain belt that has folded upward, or an extensional crack in the surface through which material from inside Iapetus erupted onto the surface and accumulated locally.

Saturn’s Rings

Saturn’s rings are made of countless particles of ice and dust, which Saturn’s moons push and tug, creating gaps and waves.

Scientists have never before studied the size, temperature, composition and distribution of Saturn’s rings from Saturn obit. Cassini has captured extraordinary ring-moon interactions, observed the lowest ring-temperature ever recorded at Saturn, discovered that the moon Enceladus is the source for Saturn’s E ring, and viewed the rings at equinox when sunlight strikes the rings edge-on, revealing never-before-seen ring features and details.

Cassini also studied features in Saturn’s rings called “spokes,” which can be longer than the diameter of Earth. Scientists think they’re made of thin icy particles that are lifted by an electrostatic charge and only last a few hours.  


The powerful magnetic field that permeates Saturn is strange because it lines up with the planet’s poles. But just like Earth’s field, it all creates shimmering auroras.

Auroras on Saturn occur in a process similar to Earth’s northern and southern lights. Particles from the solar wind are channeled by Saturn’s magnetic field toward the planet’s poles, where they interact with electrically charged gas (plasma) in the upper atmosphere and emit light.  

Turbulent Atmosphere

Saturn’s turbulent atmosphere churns with immense storms and a striking, six-sided jet stream near its north pole.

Saturn’s north and south poles are also each beautifully (and violently) decorated by a colossal swirling storm. Cassini got an up-close look at the north polar storm and scientists found that the storm’s eye was about 50 times wider than an Earth hurricane’s eye.

Unlike the Earth hurricanes that are driven by warm ocean waters, Saturn’s polar vortexes aren’t actually hurricanes. They’re hurricane-like though, and even contain lightning. Cassini’s instruments have ‘heard’ lightning ever since entering Saturn orbit in 2004, in the form of radio waves. But it wasn’t until 2009 that Cassini’s cameras captured images of Saturnian lighting for the first time.

Cassini scientists assembled a short video of it, the first video of lightning discharging on a planet other than Earth.

Cassini’s adventure will end soon because it’s almost out of fuel. So to avoid possibly ever contaminating moons like Enceladus or Titan, on Sept. 15 it will intentionally dive into Saturn’s atmosphere.

The spacecraft is expected to lose radio contact with Earth within about one to two minutes after beginning its decent into Saturn’s upper atmosphere. But on the way down, before contact is lost, eight of Cassini’s 12 science instruments will be operating! More details on the spacecraft’s final decent can be found HERE.

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The Rising Signs

Aries rising: You are active, confident, adventurous, voluntary, and sometimes you tend to have accidents. Proud of your independence, it is difficult for you to get settled.

Taurus rising: You are obstinate, warm, you seek safety and you change slowly. There is something reassuring in your presence, but you don’t open easily.

Gemini rising: You are loquacious, emotional, funny, you’re however easily bored , maybe you also do insomnia. You collect information quickly, you react quickly, and your adaptability is great.

Cancer rising: You are of a changing mood, you are sensitive, imaginative, wise and protective. You like safety, comfort, your home and look after others. Your feelings are still deep.

Leo rising: You like to have fun, you are wellvieillant (???), charismatic and friendly. You cannot stand not being noticed. You do your best to give yourself the image of a light and confident heart. People appreciate your presence.

Virgo rising: You have the practical sense, you are master of yourself, nervous and considerate. You are also clear and fast, you can discuss any topic, and you are an observer.

Libra rising: You are full of tact, easygoing, and friendly, but you would do anything to avoid a conflict. You can not stand being in a hostile environment. You also have the artistic fiber, you are attractive.

Scorpio rising: Your intense eyes and your irresistible manners attract people. You are secret, magnetic and sexy. You are also a fighter who takes the reins in times of crisis. You have the will and opportunity to transform yourself, both internally and externally. You can completely change your facets from one person to another.

Sagitatrius rising: You are extrovert, independent, optimistic, restless and reckless. In your search for a life of communication, you travel as much as possible and you can settle completely on an udée. Opportunities come to you.

Capricorn rising: You do not like disorganized places. You are someone serious, reserved, who has a method for everything. Ambitious and competitive, you assume responsibility and exercise authority effectively. But you do not relax easily, and sometimes subject to depressions.

Aquarius rising: You have lots of interests, and a calm and friendly personality. You still have a certain distance that can make you seem indifferent. You follow your own rhythm.

Pisces rising: You are romantic, influential, sentimental, and compassionate. Your psychic abilities are strong, and you are a person of great kindness.

Advice For The Signs

Aries:Forgiveness does not equal weakness.
Taurus:People will treat you how you treat them, be considerate.
Gemini:The world is not against you, I promise
Cancer:Stop living in search of validation, live life for you
Leo:Accept all the love you can, you know you need it
Virgo:Take a deep breath and remember to take care of yourself too
Libra:You don’t have to impress anyone, do what you love
Scorpio:Take time to find your center, you’re no help all stressed out
Sagittarius:Listen to others with intention to learn, not to teach
Capricorn:Reassess your priorities, no sign is more capable of manifesting their own destiny
Aquarius:Let people love you, stop running from them
Pisces:Stand your ground, you know your heart better than anyone else could

Humans are stubborn. They will often disregard the dangers or foolishness of an endeavor if they believe it must be done.

Human-Megan was the first recorded example of this trait. She was called to the bridge during the time that a small landing party was sent to a planet she insisted was a “Death Star” simply because of its highly metallic atomic makeup.

Everything seemed to be proceeding as normal. The landing party arrived successfully, and began to survey the surrounding terrain, searching for any signs of life. Occasionally, the captain would glance in Human-Megan’s direction, in hopes that she would offer her strangely accurate insight on the progress of the mission; however, he was given nothing but incoherent mumbling about “bad feelings” and the need to “screw this noise”.

But then the mission fell into disaster. The landing party, as cautious as they were, found themselves ambushed by a group of cybernetic lifeforms, who dragged them beneath the planet’s surface after firing several devastating shots to their scouting vessel.

The captain frowned, pressing two of his four tentacles together as he considered their new situation. It would not be wise to send anyone to retrieve their fallen crew members – – it was likely they would be killed within the next few minutes. This in mind, he gave the order to resume flight towards the nearest inhabited system in order to refuel and collect new crewmates.

“What the hell?”

Those are for the bridge ceased preparations to resume flight for a moment, observing Human-Megan in confusion. She seemed suddenly distraught–she was trembling, her hands clenched into what her species called “fists”, teeth bared in something that was most definitely NOT a human smile.

“Aren’t you going to send someone after them?” she said incredulously, waving a hand harshly in the direction of the monitor.

“Human-Megan, I fail to see the logic in your statement,” the captain stated calmly.

“The logic in my–” The human interrupted her own words with a sound that set hairs on end and jolted the nervous system. If her shipmates didn’t know any better, they would have called it a growl.

“They’re our CREW MATES!” she cried, eyes darting back and forth as if silently damning all present for not taking her meaning. “More than that, they’re our FRIENDS! You can’t just–no, you WON’T just ditch them down there!”

The captain raised an eye-ridge. Was his human–was she threatening him? Despite himself, a shiver of fear raced down his lengthy spine–he had heard tales of what ignoring human threats had led to, and those tales were not to be taken lightly.

“Is that insubordination, Human-Megan?” he inquired, struggling to keep his own voice level despite the ever-growing fear in his stomach.

“No, that’s common-****ing sense,” she spat in return. “You don’t leave shipmates behind like that. You just don’t. What if that was you? Would you be okay with us just abandoning YOU down there?”

Again, confusion. “I believe you have met our first officer. He is perfectly qualified to act as captain until another can be appointed. There is no reason to lose crewmen unnecessarily.”

For a moment, he thought he had successfully gotten through to the human. She didn’t respond, simply staring at him, breathing erratically, mouth slightly open in such a way that for a moment he was forced to consider that he may have BROKEN his human.

But then she reacted. She pursed her lips and–spat at him.

The crew members who had done research on human culture physically recoiled in shock. She had actually SPAT at him–a human sign of absolute loathing and lack of respect. The captain himself was visibly shocked, observing his human almost blankly as his brains struggled to make sense of her actions.

She spun about, hissing a vile “Fine,” at those around her with a venom that made all near her flinch. Without another word she marched towards the lift, reaching out and grabbing an officer’s stunner directly from her waist before exiting.

Everyone resumed their work after a moment. Humans were strange, they were well aware of this by now. This was just another strange human behavior. Granted, human insight on situations was often valuable, but this was not one of those situations. This was the human refusing to see sense.

However, a few moments later an alarm was triggered, and a crew member appeared, breathing heavily, at the entrance to the bridge.

“Sir–captain,” he gasped. “The human–”


“She–she stole a scouting vessel, sir,” the crewman said, his voice trembling. “She is en route for the planet’s surface.”

Chaos ensued on the bridge instantly. Their human was RETURNING to the danger? What could possibly have possess them to do something so illogical? The captain, minds reeling, immediately opened a comm line.

“Human-Megan, what are you doing?”

“The right thing, assholes,” a venomous voice shot back. “Why? You gonna stop me?”


“Oh, don’t ‘Human-Megan’ me,” she snapped. “My NAME is Megan. Just Megan. And if you’re gonna just leave them to die, then what do you care if I go after them? You weren’t all broken up when they got taken, why should I be any different?”

It was then that the comm line went silent. For much longer than was productive, the bridge remained still and silent, with baited breath, awaiting the fate of their human. Was she truly going back to that place? Perhaps she was simply “bluffing”, as they called it. Tricking them. She was being strangely vindictive today–was this more of this behavior?

However, after a few tense hours the GEV registered the presence of the scouting vessel–significantly battered and charred–returning to dock in the ship’s bay. The landing party had returned, injured but alive, led by a frighteningly frazzled and blood-drenched Human-Megan, stunner in hand and fire in her eyes.

It was with a strange mix of awe and utter terror that the captain approached the feral-looking human. “You…you were successful in rescuing them.”

For a moment, the human was silent. She turned to face the captain, no longer furious, but strangely aglow, radiating such strength that the captain was intimidated by her very presence.

“There’s something you should know,” she said, no longer furious, but victorious. “It is NEVER okay to leave one of your own behind. No matter the circumstances, no matter the likelihood that you’ll die getting them to safety, it is NEVER okay to just ditch them in a dangerous situation just because you might not be able to save them. Got it?”

The captain did “get it”, although not quite as she seemed to, and made a note to himself to upgrade the human handbook with a new insight:

“Humans are capable of impossible things. If crewmembers are ever in serious danger and it is likely a rescue mission will not be successful, humans will find a way to MAKE it successful regardless of the odds. We are eternally lucky that they are on our side.”

Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Our solar system is a jewel box filled with a glittering variety of beautiful worlds–and not all of them are planets. This week, we present our solar system’s most marvelous moons.

1. Weird Weather: Titan

Saturn’s hazy moon Titan is larger than Mercury, but its size is not the only way it’s like a planet. Titan has a thick atmosphere, complete with its own “water cycle” – except that it’s way too cold on Titan for liquid water. Instead, rains of liquid hydrocarbons like ethane and methane fall onto icy mountains, run into rivers, and gather into great seas. Our Cassini spacecraft mapped the methane seas with radar, and its cameras even caught a glimpse of sunlight reflecting off the seas’ surface. Learn more about Titan:

2. Icy Giant: Ganymede

Jupiter’s moon Ganymede is the largest in the solar system. It’s bigger than Mercury and Pluto, and three-quarters the size of Mars. It’s also the only moon known to have its own magnetic field. Details:

3. Retrograde Rebel: Triton

Triton is Neptune’s largest moon, and the only one in the solar system to orbit in the opposite direction of its planet’s rotation, a retrograde orbit. It may have been captured from the Kuiper Belt, where Pluto orbits. Despite the frigid temperatures there, Triton has cryovolcanic activity – frozen nitrogen sometimes sublimates directly to gas and erupts from geysers on the surface. More on Triton:

4. Cold Faithful: Enceladus

The most famous geysers in our solar system (outside of those on Earth) belong to Saturn’s moon Enceladus. It’s a small, icy body, but Cassini revealed this world to be one of the solar system’s most scientifically interesting destinations. Geyser-like jets spew water vapor and ice particles from an underground ocean beneath the icy crust of Enceladus. With its global ocean, unique chemistry and internal heat, Enceladus has become a promising lead in our search for worlds where life could exist. Get the details:

5. Volcano World: Io

Jupiter’s moon Io is subjected to tremendous gravitational forces that cause its surface to bulge up and down by as much as 330 feet (100 m). The result? Io is the most volcanically active body in the Solar System, with hundreds of volcanoes, some erupting lava fountains dozens of miles high. More on Io’s volcanoes:

6. Yin and Yang Moon: Iapetus

When Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus in 1671, he observed that one side of this moon of Saturn was bright and the other dark. He noted that he could only see Iapetus on the west side of Saturn, and correctly concluded that Iapetus had one side much darker than the other side. Why? Three centuries later, the Cassini spacecraft solved the puzzle. Dark, reddish dust in Iapetus’s orbital path is swept up and lands on the leading face of the moon. The dark areas absorb energy and become warmer, while uncontaminated areas remain cooler. Learn more:

7. A Double World: Charon and Pluto

At half the size of Pluto, Charon is the largest of Pluto’s moons and the largest known satellite relative to its parent body. The moon is so big compared to Pluto that Pluto and Charon are sometimes referred to as a double planet system. Charon’s orbit around Pluto takes 6.4 Earth days, and one Pluto rotation (a Pluto day) takes 6.4 Earth days. So from Pluto’s point of view Charon neither rises nor sets, but hovers over the same spot on Pluto’s surface, and the same side of Charon always faces Pluto. Get the details:

8. “Death Star” Moon: Mimas

Saturn’s moon Mimas has one feature that draws more attention than any other: the crater Herschel, which formed in an impact that nearly shattered the little world. Herschel gives Mimas a distinctive look that prompts an oft-repeated joke. But, yes, it’s a moon. More:

9. Don’t Be Afraid, It’s Just Phobos

In mythology, Mars is a the god of war, so it’s fitting that its two small moons are called Phobos, “fear,” and Deimos, “terror.” Our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught this look at Phobos, which is roughly 17 miles (27 km) wide. In recent years, NASA scientists have come to think that Phobos will be torn apart by its host planet’s gravity. Details:

Learn more about Phobos:

10. The Moon We Know Best

Although decades have passed since astronauts last set foot on its surface, Earth’s moon is far from abandoned. Several robotic missions have continued the exploration. For example, this stunning view of the moon’s famous Tycho crater was captured by our Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which continues to map the surface in fine detail today. More:

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Moon in the houses

Originally posted by recked


Moon in 1st people are sensitive, and their emotions are often displayed where everyone can see. Their emotions are instant and always are on the surface, making it hard for them to keep their emotions under wraps. They’re often known for being moody and emotional, which can sometimes make them seem impatient and overbearing to others. However, what a lot of people don’t notice about moon in 1st people, is that they’re extremely caring and nurturing towards others. They’re able to relate easily to other people, using their emotions to understand them.


Moon in 2nd house people’s emotion are often tied in with their personal values and possessions. Your belongings give you a sense of security, which is very important to you. Because of this, moon in 2nd house people love to collect things. Usually things with sentimental value. Despite their attachment to their belongings, moon in 2nd house people are often scared of being in trouble with money, or owing debt. These guys want to feel secure and go out of their way to make sure all their bills are paid. Sometimes vanity is also tied in with moon in 2nd house people. They often need to seek attention from others in order to develop feelings of self worth, which can make their emotions delayed or unresponsive.


Moon in 3rd people’s emotions are often intellectualised or communicated freely. Sometimes, these people flick between the two, finding it hard to make up their mind. They’re the masters at imitation, usually changing their views and opinions depending on who they’re with. This makes them the masters at communicating with others. Especially concerning emotion subjects and topics. These peoples find it very easy to pick up on the emotions and feelings around them. This is what makes them such good communicators when it comes to emotions. They often relate and understand the community and people around them.


Moon in fourth house people often have a strong yearn for a sense of belonging. This then results in them usually searching in their past to find it. Because of this, they may find it difficult to break old habits and traditions, especially habits in childhood. It is indicated that moon if fourth house also have strong ties to their mother. She mothered and cared for you deeply as a child, creating a strong bond. Because of this, these people often struggle with the aspect of ‘growing up’ and can sometimes unleash that burden on others. Moon in 4th people also often have a strong urge to redecorate and move home’s frequently. Without this stimulation, these people often find hard to stabilize their emotions and take care of themselves.


These people have a flair in their emotions! Moon in fifth house people can often dramatise and make a fuss out of their emotions. Like moon in first, the find it difficult to hide their emotions, and sometimes they don’t want to, they want people understand what they’re feeling. Another key aspect to Moon in 5th house people, is that they’re usually are known for having dramatic and intense love affairs. These affairs often change frequently as well as creative hobbies. These people also have an inner child, which also gives them a strong connection to children. You are always trying to connect to your inner child, whether that’s through your creative passion or emotions, you need to find it in order to be fulfilled emotionally.


Moon in sixth house people need to feel useful, organised and on top of things within their life, in order to feel emotionally stable. They need the stability in their life and often achieve this by following a daily routine. Their moods can easily fluctuate by how organized they are, or their emotional states at work. When these needs aren’t met, this can lead into emotional unrest. Moon in 6th house people also feel emotional satisfaction when they’re helping out a friend! They’re always there to lend a helping hand to help fix whatever situation that they can change or help with.


Moon in 7th people rely and crave support in a partnership in order to feel emotionally stable. Not only do they rely on their partner for emotional support, they also prefer to take them wherever they go. Whether that’s to the mall, beach or to get some gas. They just prefer to be with someone. Moon in 7th people also gain a lot of emotional discovery when they’re with their partners. It’s like something switching on inside them, they discover all their emotional needs and feelings. They also have the ability to adapt and understand people’s emotional needs, which makes them very easy to get along with. Because they become so emotionally attached to their partners, there is a tendency to be too dependent. They may feel unsure about themselves without a partner.


Moon in 8th people have a strong desire emotional intensity and security. They are looking for people to connect with on a deep and intimate level. This ultimately makes it very hard for them to get over from any emotional betrayals and losses. They are deep and loyal people, looking for ways to transform themselves emotionally. They often do this by looking below the surface and into their painful memories of the past. This erupts deep and fierce feelings of jealousy, hatred and passion. Moon in 8th people are also deeply sensitive to what lies below the surface, which makes them interested in taboos, death, sex and occult.


Moon in 9th people feel as though they need to live beyond the normal cookie cutter everyday to day life. They have a strong desire to explore, travel and educate themselves about the world that surrounds them. This can also make moon in 9th people very interested in philosophy. These people are often prone to feeling restless and uneasy if they don’t have an idea of their future. They often feel discontented if they’re stuck in one place, feeling as though they need to break free and travel the world. They’re constantly searching for more of what life has to offer, and can sometimes be prone to blaming their unhappiness on whatever situation they’re in.


Moon in 10th people feel emotionally content when they’re status and achievements are achieved. They often work hard to towards their image, and are ones for keeping up appearances. Because of this, these peoples tend to change their goals and passions often, trying to find the perfect path for themselves. Sometimes it’s hard for them make decisions, as they often only focus on their emotional needs and what others want. They feel an overwhelming pressure to please people and perfect their image.


Moon in 11th people feel an overwhelming need to be with friends and to belong in a group. These people offer all their support to their friends and want to receive the same back. They’re almost always surrounded by a close group of people, often relying on them for emotional support. However, this placement can often indicate an unstable social life which can be hard for them to accept and deal with. Moon in 11th people also have many changing and fleeting ideas and dreams. They have a great hope for their future and can often find it difficult to stick to one goal.


Moon in 12th people can often feel blind to their emotions, or feel so much they can’t discern what they are. These people often have delayed emotional reactions, the 12th house cloaking them and keep them hidden. This can be very difficult for these people to really understand what they’re feeling and they often need to retreat back to their space in order to recharge. This can consequently make them isolate themselves and feel very detached from the world. Despite these people not really understanding their own emotional needs, they are ready to understand others feelings and emotions. They have a strong desire to help.

Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Earth is the ultimate ocean planet (that we know of), but it turns out that our solar system has water in some surprising places, with five ocean-bearing moons and potentially several more worlds with their own oceans. 

1. The Original “Alien Ocean”

Our Galileo spacecraft (1989-2003) detected the first evidence of an ocean beyond Earth under the ice of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa.

2. Lost Oceans

There are signs that Mars and Venus once had oceans, but something catastrophic may have wiped them out. Earth’s natural force field – our magnetosphere – acts like shield against the erosive force of the solar wind.

3. Earth, the Original Ocean World

The search for life beyond Earth relies, in large part, on understanding our home planet. Among the newest Earth ocean explorers us the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, or CYGNSS–a constellation of microsatellites that will make detailed measurements of wind speeds over Earth’s oceans to help understand hurricanes. The spacecraft have moved into their science operations phase.

4. Sister Ships

It’s fitting the first mission to explore an alien ocean is named in honor of fast-sailing clipper ships of old. Our Europa Clipper spacecraft will seek signs of habitability on Jupiter’s moon Europa.

5. Game Changer

Scientists expected Saturn’s moon Enceladus to be a tiny, solid chunk of ice and rock. But, not long after arriving at Saturn, our Cassini spacecraft made a series of incremental discoveries, eventually confirming that a global subsurface ocean is venting into space, with signs of hydrothermal activity.

6. Why Ocean Worlds Matter

“The question of whether or not life exists beyond Earth, the question of whether or not biology works beyond our home planet, is one of humanity’s oldest and yet unanswered questions. And for the first time in the history of humanity, we have the tools and technology and capability to potentially answer this question. And, we know where to go to find it. Jupiter’s ocean world Europa.” - Kevin Hand, NASA Astrobiologist

7. More Alien Oceans

Scientists think Jupiter’s giant moons Ganymede and Callisto also hide oceans beneath their surfaces. Elsewhere in the solar system, scientists hope to look for hidden oceans on far-flung worlds from Ceres in the main asteroid belt to Pluto in the Kuiper Belt.

8. Cold Faithful(s)?

Thanks to our Cassini orbiter we know the tiny moon Enceladus is venting its ocean into space in a towering, beautiful plume. The Hubble Space Telescope also has seen tantalizing hints of plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa. Plumes are useful because they provide samples of ocean chemistry for oceans that could be miles below the surface and difficult for spacecraft to reach. It’s like they’re giving out free samples!

9. Titanic Seas and Ocean

Saturn’s moon Titan not only has liquid hydrocarbon seas on its surface. It also shows signs of a global, subsurface saltwater ocean–making the giant moon a place to possibly look for life as we know it and life as we don’t know it … yet.

10. Oceans Beyond

Several of the thousands of planets discovered beyond our solar system orbit their stars in zones where liquid surface water is possible–including Proxima-b, a rocky planet orbiting the star nearest to our own.

BONUS: Adopt a bit of YOUR Ocean World

We invite everyone to help us celebrate Earth Day 2017 by virtually adopting a piece of Earth as seen from space. Your personalized adoption certificate will feature data from our Earth-observing satellites for a randomly assigned location, much of it ocean (it is 70 percent of the Earth’s surface after all!). Print it and share it, then explore other locations with our interactive map and get even more Earth science data from NASA’s Worldview website.

Visit to adopt your piece of the planet today!

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Humans and Aliens

So, here we are talking about humans and aliens and how we might be weird to each other, but how about this to chew on. What is humans are the only intelligent species to do this before they actually had any sign there was other intelligent life in the galaxy?

Let’s be honest here. We have absolutely nothing to suggest that life is anything but a phenomena unique to earth and even if it wasn’t, we have absolutely not clue what it would look like after evolving on a planet that might even be very close to earth.

Yet still we speculate, we muse and we wonder. We’ve made serious attempts to look into the cosmos and see if something waves hello. We’ve sent messages into the void and listened to see if something will answer.

What if, in some distant star system hundred of light years away, a species of intelligent beings finally begins to ascend to the stars. What if they start studying space, exploring the galaxy, and colonizing other planets.

What if their instruments start picking up strange signals. What if one of their ships comes across an strange device floating in space that matches no natural entity. What if the more they look at it they realize that these phenomena are not natural. That something produced these things, something intelligent. Something that is not them.

What if the more they study these signals, the more they begin the realize that some of them are messages. Messages to them sent by something hundreds of light years away. What is being said makes little sense, a lot of the information has been degraded by the long travel times and many of their best researchers suggest that whomever made these things might communicate in ways very different from their own.

It throws them into a spin. There is other life in the galaxy, possibly life much like their own, and that life has tried to contact them. How could it possibly know that they exist from that far away? It must know they exist, for how would know to try and contact them?

They debate and ponder, bicker and argue before deciding that the only way to respond is to send a message back. They figure out roughly where these messages originated from by looking at the path the different messages took to pass through different parts of their territory and get a pretty good idea where earth is.

All they can do is hope their reply gets close enough that it can be found, and that the receivers will be able to eventually decipher it.

Meanwhile back on earth, they do get the message, and the response is along the lines of. “HOLY SHIT! We’ve actually made contact with aliens!”

Have you ever wanted to save someone from their own darkness so badly that you are willing to set yourself on fire just to light the way?
Even if it melts your flesh and cracks your bones, you’d be okay with keeping them warm.
—  Odett G.