Time for another edition of open thread fun, this time from spaaaaaaace:
“There are those who believe that life here began out there…” Okay, yes, I’m seriously (and deliberately) mixing up my SF tropes between the post title and that quote. Bonus nerd street cred to anybody who recognizes the latter without having to resort to Google. (Hint: Patrick McNee. Two additional related roles which included a robot and an evil deity/alien super-being.)
Anyway, a new theory posits life on Earth may have had to start on Mars. The reason? Earth was too hot, had too much water, not enough molybdenum and boron, and almost no free oxygen at all; Mars, on the other hand, early on in the first billion years of our solar system’s development, was a Goldilocks planet.
Meanwhile, our soon-to-be Martian robot overlord takes itself for a drive. The Curiosity rover is going to be freed again to do a longer fully autonomous drive than the one last Tuesday, where it navigated itself through a small depression which couldn’t be seen from outside it. Think I’m being an alarmist? Just wait until some aliens cruise by, pick it up, give Curiosity massive upgrades and a new mission to seek out life forms…and to sterilize any imperfection it finds.
Sometimes a space-science news post title is just too poetic, I have to go squeeee: “On giant blue alien planet, it rains molten glass.”
A gigantic filament of gas erupts from the sun… Beautiful and scary to watch, really.
That gigantic black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way? A group of irony-challenged astronomers have described our galactic monster singularity as “peaceful” because it supposedly devours only 1% of the matter it has captured.
Editorial comment: I have to say I am really appreciating the fact we’re seeing lots of genuine science fiction movies coming out that are NOT from an old badly-sequeled repeated-until-run-into-the-ground franchise. Even if some of them are rather bad. Or truly awful. At least it’s not “yet another Star Wars/Trek movie/sequel/reboot.” (Sorry, I’m not going to recommend this one, because in my opinion, its original book author is a radical rightist, misogynist, treason-advocating, homophobic git. Seriously, I’m going to be boycotting that film.)
And finally, in closing–