The Mars Phoenix Lander may have taken its first close-up look at ice on Mars. While it's been known for a while that water exists on Mars, this would be the first time humans have been able to take a close look at actual water on Mars, assuming that it's not just some rock that looks like ice.
The image above is from NASA.
Hearing about the death of a woman due to the failure of her iron lung inspires both sadness and respect. Being forced to live within an iron lung from almost when she was born because of polio, it is awe-inspiring that she still managed to live a fulfilling life despite her almost claustrophobic environment. It is sad that such a woman had to die because of the simultaneous failure of the normal power grid and the emergency generator.
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If you like photography, then Tips from the Top Floor is a nice podcast to listen to. It has a rather cozy feel to it, in that the podcast is very community-driven, and it often gives out nice tips and background knowledge that budding photographers can appreciate. The semi-regular Tech Guy episodes, which are actually recordings from a separate radio show done with also the host of the Tips from the Top Floor podcast, are also great for learning basic photography techniques and other tidbits.
Audiobooks are like podcasts except much longer. They're actually books read aloud by a narrator. Like podcasts, they're nice for when you aren't able to sit down and read a book but would still want something to "read". Unlike podcasts, however, they're a bit harder to pause and resume listening at a later date.
This is really cool: NASA has managed to photograph the image of a spacecraft descending on another planet. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to take a picture of the Mars Phoenix Lander as it was descending with its parachute deployed. While the image is not sharp at all, it's really impressive when I think of what it's showing.