The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
“It’s been a tense week for space exploration, to say the least. But after a nail biting few days that kept millions around the world on the edge of their seats, with fingers and toes tightly crossed, the ESA has announced that the Philae lander has gone to sleep.
The drama began to unfold shortly after cheers were exchanged as Philae made its momentous arrival onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday. The probe’s anchoring harpoons failed to deploy as it made contact with the surface, and because the gravity on the comet is very weak, Philae rebounded. It took two hours for the robot to finally settle, but unfortunately it ended up stuck along the edge of a crater which blocked the sun’s rays from reaching its solar panels.”
Sandstone layers with varying resistance to erosion are evident in this Martian scene recorded by the Mast Camera on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Feb. 25, 2014, about one-quarter mile (about 400 meters) from a planned waypoint called “the Kimberley.” Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
NASA article link: http://mobile.nasa.gov/jpl/msl/curiosity-20140324 via #NASA_APP
“Variations in the stuff that cements grains together in sandstone have shaped the landscape surrounding NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover and could be a study topic at the mission’s next science waypoint.
On a journey with many months yet to go toward prime destinations on the lower slope of Mount Sharp, Curiosity is approaching a site called “the Kimberley.” Scientists on the team picked this location last year as a likely place to pause for investigation. Its informal name comes from a northwestern Australia region known as the Kimberley. The Martian site’s geological appeal, based on images taken from orbit, is that four types of terrain with different rock textures intersect there.”