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Photos of's Deep Space Station 36, completed and during construction (2012-2016).

is currently listed on DSS 36 at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex. You can always watch DSN activity live here and see which dishes are communicating with which spacecraft:

The Deep Space Network (DSN) "consists of three facilities spaced equidistant from each other 鈥 approximately 120 degrees apart in longitude 鈥 around the world... Goldstone, near Barstow, California; near Madrid, Spain; and near Canberra, Australia."

A great image for thinking about parts involved in a spacecraft observatory like . The Falcon 9 carries it up, the Orbital LEOStar-2 is the ship, the science instrument collects the data. There's also ground-based infrastructure, like the Deep Space Network radio antennas.

TESS is an observatory made up of an instrument (the four cameras and related technology) on a spacecraft. In this case the instrument is on an LEOStar-2 series built for the mission.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite doesn't really have googly eyes, but the instrument does have four 16.8 megapixel CCD cameras which each have seven stacked lenses in them. Lovely four-eyes for finding planets.

鈥淢ost humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result 鈥 my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.鈥
RT David Buckel died after setting himself on fire in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. He left a note urging people to lead less selfish lives as a way to protect the planet, the police said.

The telescope helped find thousands of exoplanets, planets around other stars. Now will find many thousands more. We live in the moment humanity is discovering a universe of worlds across the stars and very soon, I'm betting, life on one relatively nearby.

"highlights of the Viking exploration of Mars will be presented. Some of the interesting aspects of our use of Prime computers for the Viking program will be discussed..." -James E. Tillman, 1985 (Director, Viking Computer Facility, UW)

Scientists: putting awesome space stickers on computers since before laptops. (Prime 300/400, 1973)

The Silicon Valley votive candle selection is a bit different.

The new NASA 4K moon video that everyone is sharing is two things I didn't expect: kinda metal (musically), and a max res of 1080p. at
RT Talking here about exploration (scientific) or exploitation (human). NASA has thus far been driven by search for extraterrestial life, NOT colonizing other planets. Is there any reason to change that priority? (Spoiler: she says no.)

"Black Panther is an American, not an African story: An Annotated History of Wakanda" - A.K. Kaiza imagines a speculative history of what Wakanda might have been if it were real.

The latest issue of Diaphanes magazine "sings the praises of diversity, of cheerful border traffic, of the vital contagiousness of the alien....Becoming porous, improper, contagious..'Merry Xenotism!'"

For more astrobiology, SETI, METI, and related topics from the second day of the Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology conference, follow and see the schedule here:

"the semiosphere is necessarily influenced by the physical space where life unfolds....In our languages it is very common for the conception of time to be spatial...communication with beings that lack this metaphor (or another comparable one) could be complicated." 鈥擬ill谩n

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators鈥攁nyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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