Titan can’t believe his eyes, it’s Anwar
standing before him in the flesh.
Titan: Is it really you?
Titan feels suddenly shy, as if it’s the
first time they’re meeting.
Anwar: Yes it’s me Titan,
can we talk?
Titan can only stare as three pairs of
eyes also look on curiously. Zeke asks Killen who is he? And Killen replies
that he’s apparently returned and looks like he’s walked through hell to get
here. Titan senses Anwar is changed, it’s him yet he seems different. For one his hair is now filled with gray and
has grown longer and thicker. He would
so love to run his hands through.. but no, he can’t allow himself to think as
if they’re still together, Anwar is
married remember? As Titan drinks in the
sight of his former love, he notices a nasty scar just below the sunglasses he’s
wearing. He’s aged, but by how much he
can’t tell because he can’t see the eyes behind the dark glasses. Anwar’s demeanor seems older but he can’t be
more than thirty four year old by now. As
Titan continues to stare he remembers the hurt, still fresh three and a half
years later and wonders what happened to him.
If Anwar was here to try to
explain away his absence then he’ll not make it easy for him.
Zeke: But who is he? You
Killen: Shh….I don’t want
to miss this.
Clay leaves the group wanting to give his
friend some privacy but Killen stays and Zeke with him.
Killen has a vested interest in this
conversation because he genuinely believes that if it wasn’t for his Royal Highness
Ramesh Anwar Mahajan, he would have had a chance to be with Titan.
Anwar: Titan can we speak
a little more….privately?
What would the future look like if people were regularly visiting to other planets and moons? These travel posters give a glimpse into that imaginative future. Take a look and choose your destination:
The Grand Tour
Our Voyager mission took advantage of a once-every-175-year alignment of the outer planets for a grand tour of the solar system. The twin spacecraft revealed details about Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – using each planet’s gravity to send them on to the next destination.
Our Mars Exploration Program seeks to understand whether Mars was, is, or can be a habitable world. This poster imagines a future day when we have achieved our vision of human exploration of the Red Planet and takes a nostalgic look back at the great imagined milestones of Mars exploration that will someday be celebrated as “historic sites.”
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The rare science opportunity of planetary transits has long inspired bold voyages to exotic vantage points – journeys such as James Cook’s trek to the South Pacific to watch Venus and Mercury cross the face of the sun in 1769. Spacecraft now allow us the luxury to study these cosmic crossings at times of our choosing from unique locales across our solar system.
Ceres is the closest dwarf planet to the sun. It is the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, with an equatorial diameter of about 965 kilometers. After being studied with telescopes for more than two centuries, Ceres became the first dwarf planet to be explored by a spacecraft, when our Dawn probe arrived in orbit in March 2015. Dawn’s ongoing detailed observations are revealing intriguing insights into the nature of this mysterious world of ice and rock.
The Jovian cloudscape boasts the most spectacular light show in the solar system, with northern and southern lights to dazzle even the most jaded space traveler. Jupiter’s auroras are hundreds of times more powerful than Earth’s, and they form a glowing ring around each pole that’s bigger than our home planet.
The discovery of Enceladus’ icy jets and their role in creating Saturn’s E-ring is one of the top findings of the Cassini mission to Saturn. Further Cassini discoveries revealed strong evidence of a global ocean and the first signs of potential hydrothermal activity beyond Earth – making this tiny Saturnian moon one of the leading locations in the search for possible life beyond Earth.
Frigid and alien, yet similar to our own planet billions of years ago, Saturn’s largest moon, Titan has a thick atmosphere, organic-rich chemistry and surface shaped by rivers and lakes of liquid ethane and methane. Our Cassini orbiter was designed to peer through Titan’s perpetual haze and unravel the mysteries of this planet-like moon.
Astonishing geology and the potential to host the conditions for simple life making Jupiter’s moon Europa a fascinating destination for future exploration. Beneath its icy surface, Europa is believed to conceal a global ocean of salty liquid water twice the volume of Earth’s oceans. Tugging and flexing from Jupiter’s gravity generates enough heat to keep the ocean from freezing.
The building blocks of life might be
hanging out on Titan, one of Saturn’s
moons. Cornell University scientists
believe they have proven that life only
requires the existence of one chemical:
hydrogen cyanide, which can be
found all over the universe and is the
most common hydrogen-containing
compound on Titan’s surface. Source