Image courtesy SSI/NASA
"Some day you’ll experience tragedy. And yet nothing will change. Time will move forward, space will expand, and the fundamental constants will remain fundamentally constant. The laws of the universe, like a mathematician who takes everything literally, have no sense of propriety or irony. This is the essential joke of reality: It goes on."
Satuday Morning Breakfast Cereal, September 03, 2011
"…We are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out."
A Brief History of Us (Abstruse Goose)
"When I look through the galaxy that night, I knew that the faintest twinkle of starlight was a real connection between my comprehending eye along a narrow beam of light to the surface of another sun."
Io: Surface map.
Voyager 1 was expected to find many impact craters when first observing Io (and would have provided clues to Io’s age). Instead, what they found was smooth plains dotted with mountains, various different pits, and volcanic lava flows. This world is very alive.
I’ve always thought Io tastes like cheesecake. It does, isn’t it?