|Google does the eclipse.|
As far as that hyped up eclipse went... well, here in New Mexico it was obscured by a thick blanket of clouds. Go figure. Generally the New Mexican sun burns off any cloud cover immediately but this was not the case yesterday... so, it was all rather a nonevent. Oh well... supposedly an even better one is arriving in 2024. Meanwhile, I think the best thing about this one was Google's adorable animation (above).
(Note to Mac: Happy, Happy Birthday, baby... and we're all wishing you a happy return real soon! By the way, in honor of your day I put some Bowie tunes on the sidebar... and, as a bonus, a bit of Mars archaeology.
|A close-up of the Martian surface via the Curiosity rover.|
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS
"I've had dreams of archaeological sites appearing locally - specifically, Martian formations suddenly transplanted to Earth . . . in one case, my backyard!
(The latest was only a few nights ago; I meant to write about it on my blog. I'll put that on my "to do" list.)
- Mac Tonnies via an email to myself dated June 26, 2006.
That Mac should've dreamt of Martian archaeological sites shouldn't be too surprising... hell, he wrote the book! That the sites appeared on Earth is a bit curious, however. Was he unconsciously inferring that ancient Martian history is, in a sense, our own?
Speaking of which, remember the Mars Archaeological Society tee-shirt design? Well, I recently found some other Spirit Rover .jpgs in my files which feature the immediate surrounding areas - and a few more mysterious objects - where a few of the tee-shirt artifacts were found. (I've posted them after the jump.) That they're impossible to identify is what we might expect from extraterrestrial objects. That they might seem vaguely familiar, however, is another story entirely. A genetic memory?