Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden looks on during a wreath laying ceremony as part of NASA’s Day of Remembrance, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Wreaths were laid in memory of those men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration.
Due to the unfathomable immensity and intricate laws of the Cosmos, all things are possible. I see these infinite possibilities composing a glorious symphony, reverberating in every direction in both time and space. We are nothing but unique notes in an endless song, only just awakening and reveling in our new found sentience. The infinite possibilities of the Cosmos are known only by sentient life. To the best of our knowledge, only an aware mind can learn, love, dream, and appreciate the very complexity of the Cosmos that allowed for its very existence.
The mere presence of matter and energy is not enough. Knowledge of the intricate machinery of the Cosmos is of the utmost importance. However, like matter and energy, knowledge is not enough. It is only through the hungry pursuit of knowledge that we can acquire and nurture the wisdom, logic, and reason to ensure our survival. Only through order can we make sense of what we know as chaos.
Only with logic can we see the possible paths our species will travel. Only with wisdom can we chose the correct paths. Only with reason can we navigate these paths. We must be responsible curators and stewards of the natural resources of our stellar system. We must preserve and understand our stellar system to the best of our ability so that our children may once again sail the stars.
In Tunisia, the young people who helped bring down a dictator are called hittistes—French-Arabic slang for those who lean against the wall. Their counterparts in Egypt, who on Feb. 1 forced President Hosni Mubarak to say he won’t seek reelection, are the shabab atileen, unemployed youths. The hittistes and shabab have brothers and sisters across the globe. In Britain, they are NEETs—”not in education, employment, or training.” In Japan, they are freeters: an amalgam of the English word freelance and the German word Arbeiter, or worker. Spaniards call them mileuristas, meaning they earn no more than 1,000 euros a month. In the U.S., they’re “boomerang” kids who move back home after college because they can’t find work. Even fast-growing China, where labor shortages are more common than surpluses, has its “ant tribe”—recent college graduates who crowd together in cheap flats on the fringes of big cities because they can’t find well-paying work.
Famous Physicists as Children
From left to right:
Stephen Hawking (b. 1942) - Most well known for Hawking radiation and theorems involving gravitational singularities. He suffers from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease - and is one of the most well known scientists of our time.
Neil deGrasse Tyson (b. 1958) - Currently the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, Tyson is one of the leading science advocates in the world - and was one of the men who supported the demotion of Pluto.
Carl Sagan (1934-1996) - One of the most successful science popularizers of all time, Sagan was also the bestselling author of Cosmos, one of the most popular science books of all time. He was the first to propose that Jupiter’s moons Titan and Europa may hold liquid components of water on them.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) - The most well known genius in history, Albert Einstein was a boss. During his career, he revolutionized almost every area of Physics, including quantum mechanics and he effectively founded the study of Cosmology. His theory of general relativity has been wildly successful, despite ‘attacks’ by neutrinos.
Richard Feynman (1918-1988) - His most important contributions came via his path integral formulation of quantum mechanics and development of Quantum Electrodynamics (QED). Plus, he was a total badass.
Too bizarre not to reblog.
whaaaaaaat the fuck?
Obama is really the Silver Surfer in disguise!
It took James Cameron 60 weeks to prepare Titanic for its rerelease, but apart from remastering the original at 4k resolution and converting it to stereoscopic 3D, nothing about the movie has really changed.
Well, almost nothing.
According to Cameron: “Neil deGrasse Tyson sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at that time of year [April 15, at 4:20 am], in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen.”
“And with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in. So I said ‘All right, send me the right stars for that exact time and I’ll put it in the movie.’”
So Tyson did just that, and Cameron re-shot the scene. According to the Telegraph , it is the only major technical change in the film’s re-release.
“Quantum Physics makes me so happy.”
(promo for 5.20 The Transporter Malfunction)
Welcome to the weird world of Quantum Physics. =))