This week or is it next weeks Nature is having an article on new IR Spectroscopic method for detecting water in gas giants with close orbits to stars. Small preview in their podcast.
....man walked on the moon!
C'mon, kiddies, are we so blasé about it that we don't even recognize the event? I thought this would have been mentioned sooner than this! What a shame! :sad:
most of us weren't born when it happened, so it wouldn't be something we remember to remember, akin to JFK's assassination or pearl harbor. certain generations will remember it to the day they die, but those generations that didn't witness it first-hand have no frame of reference as to the importance of the event, and thus it doesn't stick in our minds. it's hard to believe right now, but there will eventually be a generation that doesn't even pause for a bit of reflection on september 11th. such is life.
and then, of course, there's those of us that remember it as the day they filmed people walking in the nevada desert with a high-speed camera. ;)
I recently saw a clear night sky (in Ohio) for the first time in perhaps a decade. Living in southern CA, that's about as rare as a Hollywood waiter who's NOT an actor.
For myself, I was just a couple of months old so significant events in history wouldn't start to resonate with me for quite some time. Even now, it is difficult to recognize the most important events that will have historical significance until the dust has cleared, sometimes literally.
I even wonder sometimes that if we are ever blessed with visitors from another world, how our current culture would welcome them if they don't live up to our "exciting" expectations set up by popular media.