Here’s a rundown of some of the most interesting things going down on planet Earth! (…and Mars!)
- Researchers at Arizona State University are exploring the possibility that plate tectonics – the gradual movement and recycling of Earth’s outer crust — may be a required phenomenon for extended (as in millions of years) duration of life on a given planet. This inquisition is based on the fact that Earth is the only planet in the Solar System to have both plate tectonics and Life. Many of the more than 400 known exoplanets do not appear to have plate tectonics, and according to this theory, may not be capable of naturally supporting plant, animal habitats, or any kind of permanent civilization.
- On Mars Day, the Curiosity Rover is poised to descend into a crater known as Endeavor, however, the Rover must wait, because right now the Sun is in fact between Mars and the Earth. That’s right, one month before a major Solar Eclipse on Earth, a different kind of Eclipse is happening on Mars. Incidentally, the Solar Eclipse on Earth is also exactly one month before this year’s Autumnal Equinox. When the Martian Eclipse is over, NASA will send new commands to the Rover, and it will descend into the 14-mile wide Endeavor Crater, which appears to have deep trenches lined with boulders leading down into it.
- Star Trek veteran and beloved human George Takei is now a holographic action figure. 😀
4. Artifacts of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation are being displayed at the Maawn Doosh Gumig Youth and Community Centre in Ontario, Canada for the first time in many years. The Aamjiwnaang First Nation do not as of yet have their own cultural heritage center or museum, so this display is very important to their people, and members are encouraged to view the arteficts while they are still accessible.