Watch Your Back For Bears

Spring is seductive. The sky cleared late last night and I found myself wondering whether to go to bed or just stay out. It must have been the sound of the wind in the leaves that caught hold of me. Or maybe it was the pull of the Milky Way in the east. I offered no resistance and finally turned in…
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Today’s High: 20 Below Zero

Photographs of the Phoenix lander, parachute and heat shield taken by the MarsReconnaisance Orbiter this week. You can even see the ear-like solar arrays on the lander.  — NASA/JPL/CalTech/U of Ariz. Looks like another sunny day with a breezy 12 mph wind from the northeast. The high temperature will be around -20 below with a predicated low around -112 below.…
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Clouds Of Color

Iridescence in lenticular clouds last week over downtown Duluth – Bob King/News Tribune Mars and other stellar matters have kept things hopping this past week, but I wanted to share a photo with you of a colorful sky phenomenon called iridescence. I saw these clouds passing near the sun last week here at the News…
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Polly Want A Polygon?

MRO photo of Phoenix descent to the surface yesterday — NASA/JPL-Caltech/U of A Talk about an amazing photo. Take a look at this image, the first-ever picture made of a spacecraft landing on another planet. It was taken by the Mars Reconaissance Orbiter, and shows the Phoenix lander suspended from a parachute during its descent…
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Touchdown! Mars Probe Lands Safely

A first look at the Martian surface and one of the Phoenix landing pads – NASA/JPL The Martian arctic landscape taken shortly afterlanding by the Phoenix stereo camera. Notice thatthe soil is broken into plates. This pattern is called polygonalcracking, and is also seen in permafrost on Earth. It’scaused by seasonal freezing and thawing of ice. – NASA/JPL We did…
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