Rosetta and Philae : An Isis Fairy Tale

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Roughly 13 years ago, on March 2, 2004, the European Space Agency (ESA) sent the Rosetta space probe to the heavens above.  The space probe, originally scheduled for departure on February 26, 2004, was launched on March 2, 2004 from the Guinana Space Centre near Kourou, French Guiana.  Over the next 10 years, Rosetta, and its space companion/lander, Philae, would traverse great spans of our solar system in hopes of tracking down, surveying, and eventually landing Philae onto the surface comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasiemenko.  What was the hope of the extensive mission?  Rosetta and her findings were to assist in the discovery of the origin, formation, and evolution of our 4.6 billion year old Solar System.

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Virbius and Octagonal: A Potential Tribute to Rex Nemorensis

a-little-sick-horse-s-leg-1920-jpglargeOne of this past weekend’s news items included the following story:  Octagonal dies Aged 24.  Octagonal, known as the ‘Big O,’ was a champion, New Zealand-bred thoroughbred stallion that won multiple races during the 1990’s.  Born on October 8, 1992, Octagonal’s career included a “second placing in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, his 28th start, with 14 wins, seven second placings and one third for in $5,892,231 stakes.”  Octagonal became Australian Horse of the Year in 1996, retired with stud status in 1997, and went on to sire several other thoroughbred horses.  On October 15, 2016, Octagonal was euthanized due to poor physical health at the age of 24. As many articles that day stated, “although still bright and alert mentally, the horse was struggling physically in recent weeks and was euthanized on Saturday morning.”  The intent is to bury Octagonal at the Australian Woodlands Stud reserve, where Octagonal spent the better part of the past 16 years of his life.  (More info can be found here) Continue reading “Virbius and Octagonal: A Potential Tribute to Rex Nemorensis”