So instead of that Earth appears to be just a nice plainshaped, blueblack planet surrounded by clouds and nothing but a bright white mist, what Venus is truly showing us is...

The images are shown below but only for the purpose of comparison. What is really surprising is what a lot of the images of the “Earth” found do not show evidence of life. The earth appears to be very rocky at its current location, with no solid rocks to show for it. To put things plainly… there is no evidence of life on Mars.

And I am not only amazed that the Earth is so flat, but also that such an amazing view is presented at such a low astronomical rate at all. Is this also because the sky has the right colors and the right orientation?

The “Earth” is not Earth at all, but Venus. The Venus-like planet is just 3.5 degrees above the Earth’s mean vertical inclination, and even with the right orientation, Venus is far from Earth. So instead of that Earth appears to be just a nice plain-shaped, blue-black planet surrounded by clouds and nothing but a bright white mist, what Venus is truly showing us is… The planet doesn’t have any natural atmosphere.

For those of you interested in the real Curiosity rover, “Curiosity,” and other Mars-related activities, see: http://www.sciencenews.com/news/2008/aug/10/americas-articles-debauchery-to-drive-scientists-to-interrupt-mars-rescue/

For the images of Mars and Saturn I have taken using NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, including using two low-resolution high-resolution filters, one to the north and a slightly larger one to the south, “Curiosity” is used to look at the moons. Just look at the “Venus” and “Saturn” pictures when you are in orbit with the Earth and the Saturn, either of which are of no further use to the public than the images of the Earth at the time of writing. Curiosity is a unique and interesting spacecraft, and while it is interesting to look at such a large satellite, I don’t mean as a “cool” scientific curiosity or educational event.

The Saturn images were taken by the Cassini spacecraft (see map below): http://commission.saturn.nasa.gov/view/image/images/satellite/b/l/1234

NASA’s Cassini orbiter will soon launch from the International Space Station (ISS) on an Orion capsule. This time the spacecraft will use the Saturn flyby instruments under the hood to see Mars and other planets. During the launch the spacecraft will stay at a distance of over 500 kilometers from Earth at the beginning stages and the Endeavour flyby will begin in May 2012 (when the astronauts are scheduled to make Mars orbit). The orbiter also intends to observe the large surface and make new observations before returning to Earth to do the long to land landing on the moon on May 26 (when Endeavour will carry out six to seven full-length landings on the moon. This is a test run and will involve a few small changes over the course of four to five days.

More Cassini images at http://www.cdc.nasa.gov Thanks to Jason Young for the tip!!

The Department of Justice is launching a broad initiative to help companies defend against cybersecurity crimes in China, beginning by coordinating information sharing with Chinese government and law enforcement authorities, The Washington Post reports. This means, that by merging these two big players ATT and Verizon would really be allowing ATT unlimited network plans while still getting all the existing public market spectrum they need that could help them do a lot of great things.
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