Heaven is a Hell of a Place

Many people vow they would love to be an astronaut, travel in space, soar around the heavens. Not me. I’m a scaredy cat. Still, I love lookin’ at photos from above. Like these…

Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

This wonderous sight is a globular cluster named Messier 12, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. There is a gang war going on between the millions of stars—the smaller less defenseless beauties are gobbled up by the larger more powerful.

Image credit: Craig Mayhew/Robert Simmon NASA/GSFC

An eye-popper happened as the result of a program designed to “view clouds by moonlight.” Still, we can’t get enough of the Earth’s city lights from space. It’s the most requested image.

Image credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

The eclipse happens twice a year when the Sun is blocked by the Earth for almost 72 minutes. Varying amounts of light blocked by the planet’s density create a rough edge—while the Sun’s brighter spots make it through—spooky.

Image credit: Galileo Project/JPL/NASA

Spacecraft Messenger had to pass Venus on the way to Mercury. Venus is the closest planet to the sun, Earth’s “evil twin,” the size of Earth with sulfuric acid clouds, choking carbon dioxide and a surface hot enough to melt lead.

Image credit: NASA March 17, 2011

Messenger is the first spacecraft to enter Mercury’s path and will orbit the planet every 12 hours during its first mission—which is to ensure that all systems are working well.

Image credit: NASA March 29, 2011

At 5:20am EDT Messenger delivered its first image by the Mercury Dual Imaging System as it soared high above the planet’s south pole.

Enjoyed my trip…

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

News from Home:
So far David is doing well with his cancer treatments,
has finished two weeks of radiation and chemo every
Wed.—51/2 wks. to go.

Yesterday the Radiologist took us into her department
and showed us extensive x-rays of David’s tumor.

It is larger than a golf ball, has invaded the pulmonary
artery, and is very close to the aorta.

Has metastasized to the hilum, gone into the lymph node.

Looks something like this:


About Maxi

Hi … I'm Maxi, a retiree with an addiction. I have quit: raising kids, cleaning house, cooking, doing laundry—there is no end the list—everything is done on "have to." The addiction? Writing to my last breath. blessings ~ maxi
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