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Shhh…It’s An Anomaly

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 still-

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?

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I officially bow down to the artists working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Also, thanks to NASA for recognizing and celebrating the power of art like this. 

These STUNNING posters can all be downloaded directly from JPL (in hi-res). And their mere existence is reason enough for a new Wednesday theme: World Tour Wednesday. 

Stay tuned for some more awesome posters that are out of this world* and worth touring

- Summer

*too easy?

Travel Posters of Fantastic Excursions

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.

Mars

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.”

Earth

There’s no place like home. Warm, wet and with an atmosphere that’s just right, Earth is the only place we know of with life – and lots of it. Our Earth science missions monitor our home planet and how it’s changing so it can continue to provide a safe haven as we reach deeper into the cosmos.

Venus

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

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.

Jupiter

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. 

Enceladus

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.

Titan

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.

Europa

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.

You can download free poster size images of these thumbnails here: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/visions-of-the-future/

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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