Monday, May 25, 2009

NASA Image of the Day


Servicing Mission 4 to the Hubble Space Telescope has generated spectacular photos for NASA's Image of the Day gallery. Looking at these stills, one really feels the force of Steven Weinberg's reflections on the dignity of science.

Unfortunately, catching a view of the pale blue planet in the photos, and being reminded that the banality and corruption that floods its surface all but drowns out such noble enterprises, one also feels the force of Weinberg's sentiment that outside of the rational quest to discover and understand, life is largely farce. I am not sure which is more amazing: our capacity to send people into space to repair telescopes that can return high-resolution photos of galaxies tens of billions of light-years away, or our inability to shake off petty tribalism and superstition.

2 comments:

Becky said...

What's today's Image of the Day?

Mark I. Vuletic said...

Just click on the Image of the Day link above, and it will take you to their page. They have an RSS feed, too, if you want new notifications (that's how I get them).