The Chart of Cosmic Exploration

Finally it’s up on the wall: The Chart of Cosmic Exploration from Pop Chart Lab!

I have waited for this poster. It was just released before the first ExoMars mission was launched. So far it’s the only mission not on this chart.

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What if the universe was created just for you?

Assiye Süer is an enthusiastic space explorer who held her first TEDx event in December. She has a blog at Astrobloggen.se, it’s in Swedish but you’ll easily find the translate button. Her blog covers most things related to astronomy and I think we’ll see more of Süer in the public outreach field.

Blog: Astrobloggen.se

TEDx Talks | YouTube

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

So fascinated by people who are so sure of themselves, I decided to learn a bit more about them. It’s a known phenomena but it wasn’t until 1999 a study showed that the effect was real. Bertrand Russel knew this a long time ago:

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world
the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt

So who is inept and who is evil? Is it just a lack of skills or is it a mental disorder? It’s not always easy to tell the difference. Here is what I’ve been reading to learn how stupid I am:

OpenCulture: John Cleese on “How Stupid People Have No Idea How Stupid They Are”

David Dunning: We Are All Confident Idiots

Reddit AMA: David Dunning

It made me think of the brilliant but scary movie “Idiocracy“. With media today it’s easy to think this is were we’re going.

xkcd is not worried:

Thankfully, the Flynn effect tells us that in general we’re getting smarter.

Wikipedia: Dunning-Kruger Effect | Grandiosity | Narcissism | Hanlon’s razor

The Viking Mars Missions

As a great fan of NASA’s exploration adventures in the 70’s I really enjoyed reading about the fantastic Viking missions at The Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project.

Web site: The Viking Preservation Project

Google Cultural Institute:  The Virtual Viking Mission Museum

Space.com: NASA’s Viking Mars Missions Star in Virtual Exhibition Online

Leonard David: Viking Mars Program Preservation Project

NASA: Mission pages |  Viking images | Viking Mission

Wikipedia: Viking Program

 

Tycho Brahe Planetarium

Another trip to Copenhagen. Took the time to visit the Planetarium and watched the exhibition and the movie Space Next at the planetarium’s Imax theatre. Didn’t try the restaurant. Great place, bring the kids. The Planetarium uses the Izi Travel app for English audio.

Tycho Brahe Planetarium

Restaurant Cassiopeia

Movie: Space Next | Facebook page

Izi Travel

Wikipedia: Tycho Brahe | Tycho Brahe Planetarium | IMAX