Not so "Dark" after all...

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We’ve called it the “Dark Side of the Moon” for so long, I guess we forgot that it really isn’t.  For the first time ever, we are all getting a first chance to see what the back side of the “Man in the Moon” looks like from a million miles out.  I for one think it’s very cool.

Fox News:  A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has captured a series of stunning images of the Moon passing the Earth’s sunlit side.

The images were captured last month by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a four megapixel camera and telescope.

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The Edge Of The Solar System..

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I am always amazed by space exploration, and this stunning, high resolution photo of Pluto is no exception.  It’s tough enough for most of us to get a decent photo of a bird flying overhead, let alone this cold, isolated former planet tucked away in the farthest reaches or our Solar System some 3 Billion miles away.  We haven't had a more vivid shot of "Pluto" since, well, not since that guy down there to the right who is also named "Pluto."

Of course, given the size of our Galaxy, it IS relatively speaking, in the same room.

I cannot wait to see the rest of the images that are on the way back and will become available this fall.

The Guardian:  Cheers, whoops and flag waving broke out at Nasa’s New Horizons control centre as scientists celebrated the spacecraft’s dramatic flyby of Pluto, considered the last unexplored world in the solar system.

The probe shot past at more than 28,000mph (45,000 km/h) at 12.49pm BST (7.49am ET) on a trajectory that brought the fastest spacecraft ever to leave Earth’s orbit within 7,770 miles of Pluto’s surface.

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Coming soon to a home and yard near you

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Publisher's note:  As if we don't have enough stuff to worry about.  Imagine up to and more than 20 billion tiny ants per acre that eat EVERYTHING.  They don't bite or sting, but they will eat housing wiring insulation and other materials designed to protect one's home.  According to one exterminator, "But when all is said and done I guarantee you, you’d rather have the fire ants because they are much easier to deal with.”

This is the stuff of nightmares.

Fox News:  This is one horror film plot that may be all too real: Billions of voracious ants are about to descend on the Houston area, destroying entire homes and anything else that gets in their way.

Rasberry Crazy Ants, even more destructive and mobile than their angry cousins, fire ants, are just weeks away from descending on the largest city in Texas. Since 2008, the ants, which entomologists believe came to Texas from South America aboard a cargo ship in the 1930s, have expanded their presence to 27 counties from just eight. Once in a home, they zero in on electrical systems, chewing through insulation and causing short circuits and general havoc. 

“I’ve been in houses where every time you took a step you’d literally be stepping on thousands of ants with each step,” exterminator Tom Rasberry told FoxNews.com.

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Climate change man-made?! Not so fast!

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Publisher's note:  Yet another story that won't be given much coverage in the media; Patrick Moore, a Co-Founder of Greenspeace, has stepped forward to denounce the idea that man is a contributing factor to climate change.  The way I see it, too much time, money, and energy, not to mention control, has been expended on this bogus science, and it will never go away.  I liken it to the theory of evolution; all hype with no substance.

Fox News:  A co-founder of Greenpeace told lawmakers there is no evidence man is contributing to climate change, and said he left the group when it became more interested in politics than the environment.

Patrick Moore, a Canadian ecologist and business consultant who was a member of Greenpeace from 1971-86, told members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee environmental groups like the one he helped establish use faulty computer models and scare tactics in promoting claims man-made gases are heating up the planet.

“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years,” he said.

Even if the planet is warming up, Moore claimed it would not be calamitous for men, which he described as a “subtropical species.”

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Earth barely a spec in the Martian Sky

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Publisher's note:  If you were standing on the planet surface of Mars and knew where to look at just the right time, the photo is what our home planet Earth would look like.  I am always amazed by the quality and simple beauty of such images.

Fox News:  Carl Sagan once referred to the Earth as "where we make our stand."

And when seen by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity spacecraft across the vast expanse of space, that pale, blue dot he described suddenly makes sense. It's home -- but just one tiny speck barely visible in the infinite reach of space.

One very important speck, that is:

“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there -- on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

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