Supernova Condensate is a blog about our place in the Universe. Of astronomy, chemistry and life in the big bad bubble of academia.
Invader Xan is a molecular astrophysicist and part-time alien invader, who spends life looking at very small things on very large scales, and trying to better understand the chemistry of interstellar space.
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Monthly Archives: August 2012
❝ Whenever I look at the moon I am reminded of that precious moment, over four decades ago, when Neil and I stood on the desolate, barren, yet beautiful, Sea of Tranquility, looking back at our brilliant blue planet Earth … Continue reading
Setting foot on the Moon is possibly the biggest single statement of exploration, that innately human ambition, ever made. We live in a different world now, and a different time. We look back nostalgically on the Apollo missions as “the … Continue reading
Neil Armstrong was an inspiration to me for my entire life, and I suspect I’m not the only one. People look to the achievement of Neil, as well as his fellow Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, with … Continue reading
Now this is what I call a face on Mars! This is an image, taken by the Mars Global Surveyor, of the the Galle crater. And yes, it looks rather like a smiley face. Named after the astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle, this … Continue reading
Some day, I will no longer be poor. Then I will be able to afford a fancy penthouse suite in New York, London, Tokyo or Paris, and I will commission Adam Cvijanovic to paint something like this on my wall. Yes. … Continue reading
It’s been a bit over a year since NASA’s Juno probe departed for Jupiter. After blasting off from Cape Canaveral on August 5, 2011, Juno is a fairly well travelled spacecraft by now. But it’s not en route to Jupiter … Continue reading
Probably the coolest random fact about Curiosity – Its tyre tracks spell out JPL in morse code! In Morse code: J → • – – – P → • – – • L → • – • • If that isn’t … Continue reading
❝ Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to … Continue reading
You know those sew-on space mission patches? The ones which you may have had stitched onto your clothing when you were a little kid? Wait, was that just me? Oh… They’re now making patches for the SpaceX Dragon! These little … Continue reading