Wave at Saturn
Who wants to be in the world’s biggest class picture?
On July 19, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will take a picture of Earth from nearly 900 million miles away.
Cassini will start obtaining the Earth part of the mosaic at 2:27 p.m. PDT (5:27 p.m. EDT or 21:27 UTC) and end about 15 minutes later, all while Saturn is eclipsing the sun from Cassini’s point of view.
A simulated view from the Cassini spacecraft when it will take the photo
The Science of Money
Well, I suppose it’s really the science on money. Over the years, various national banks from around the world have adorned their currency with great scientists. Despite our intellectual stutters as a nation, even the United States has two scientists currently on legal tender: Benjamin Franklin ($100 bill, AKA “the Benji”) and Thomas Jefferson ($2 bill, rare but real).
Here we see Einstein on Isreali Lirot (1968), the Space Shuttle on a British £5 note, a senior Nikola Tesla on a rather ridiculous 10,000,000,000 Yugoslavian Dinar (1993, clearly at the height of economic health), Louis Pasteur on a 5 French Franc note (1966), Marie (Sklodowska) Curie on a 20,000 Polish Zloty, and a rather suspicious Galileo Galilei on a 2000 Italian Lire note (1973).
Check out Jacob Bourjaily’s full collection for more science plus dinero.
Bonus galleries of awesome science:
Browse my favorite über-nerdy pocket protector collection, true gems of pocket-sized mid-century design here (there’s even one in plaid).
The I.D. badges of every single Manhattan Project scientist, proving that even famous physicists take awkward photos.
Neil deGrasse Tyson delivers the 2013 Commencement Address for Rice University.
Fantastic. Just fantastic.
Galileo Galilei’s Telescope
Original Galileo telescope with an objective lens mounted on an ivory frame, with which Galileo discovered Jupiter. This telescope is on display at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy.
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