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Thursday, June 5, 2008
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Updates have not been as regular as I whish them to be but I think that this is happening for a good reason.
In the meanwhile here is why (besides the extra amount of work I'm dealing with...) spacEurope has been a bit rusty...
Brick by brick, step by step.
Some of you know, others don’t, that I am a pilgrim, in the sense that I, literally, walk the paths of this planet in search for answers and, more important in my perspective, posing new questions.
Call it a personal q’n’a if you wish…
In the course of those walks I feel privileged to have crossed my journey with other humans and their experiences which always taught me something, at least to be aware that my reality isn’t the world’s omphalo…
In the course of those walks I have met people that have dedicated their lives to those who, like me, assume this walking way of knowing our world as a very important aspect of our existence.
That was something I have been thinking for a long time. To host.
To build a house of knowledge, a place where people could share perspectives, a place to speak, listen, see and learn.
A place where one would bring what could and take what needed.
I’ve been investing some money, and the return of that investment will permit me to pass from a virtual place into a wood and stone one in the year of 2009.
The objective? To welcome you, reader, and all those with the will to learn that might land in a inner, hidden, peaceful corner of Portugal.
Ideas regarding the structure of the place are still finding their way, still getting acquainted, but the main issue will be that this house for the Homo Viator would have basically the same structure as this blog you are visiting, non profitable.
Taking a look into the future things would work in a way that solidarity assumes a very important role.
People would express their will to visit, there would be places for 20/30 people, we could even organize thematic workshops there…
Since there would be no money involved, the idea was to each one bringing something that would become part of this house of friends with knowledge as quest.
A book, a bottle of wine, an idea, something from back home…
Something that would make of this place a home where everyone visiting would feel as it own.
Although I have posted a picture in a previous post, the location is not yet decided, that is why other candidates make their appearance as the one below…
Just imagine that patio in a hot summer night filled with people around a table in a conversation until the rise of the sun…Although both this estates (and others…) please me a lot, they are for sale now and I doubt that it will be available within a year, and more area is required to permit that what I intend to do become a reality, with lots of space to satisfy the objectives of those arriving, and this can vary, if someone comes with the spirit of gathering around a table discussing, perfect! If someone needs a place where it can be on its own, to study, to work in a peaceful environment, to think…perfect!
Monday, June 2, 2008
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Max Planck Institute
Can this be it?...
According to Uwe Keller, Robotic Arm Camera lead scientist from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, what we see in this image of "Snow Queen" is in agreement with the notion that it may be ice, and the team suspect that they will see the same thing in the digging area.
On a e-mail received by spacEurope yesterday, our dear Barry Goldstein, Phoenix Project Manager, told us that the science team thinks indeed that this is ice and indicated that "once we complete the fix for the TEGA (shortly) we will be able to validate that it is water ice."
When will we have more answers about it? Goldstein answers:
"As I right this (Sunday), the downlink for yesterday should be coming. We should have touched the surface with the arm. If all goes well. Monday would be the earliest."
In fact, Phoenix already did touched the soil, More...for the first time, it reached out and touched the Martian ground on Saturday, May 31.
Phoenix's Robotic Arm scoop left an impression that resembles a footprint at a place provisionally named Yeti in the King of Hearts target zone, away from the area that eventually will be sampled for evaluation:
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
Oh...remember the great Live Q&A we had with Barry before the Phoenix Landing?...Take your time but get ready...
In Barry's words, our support is greatly appreciated at JPL, and I'll add, let's make them appreciate it even more...what do you say?
Things are really moving in a really special and interesting path there, at the martian arctic...