What You Need to Know for World Space Week
World Space Week 2013 is all about what many consider the Next Frontier: the planet Mars.
World Space Week, an international celebration of science and technology, kicks off today, October 4th, on the anniversary of the launch of Sputnik.
This worldwide event involves everything from film premieres - NASA's "Water Falls" and Warner Brothers' "Gravity" - competitions, costume parties, as well as an ambitious series of Mars simulations and tests of rovers, spacesuits and other hardware.
The event was started in 2000 by the United Nations, and this year's theme ("Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth") is a testament to the remarkable progress that has been made in space exploration and technology over the last decade.
According to the World Space Week website:
World Space Week 2013 is all about what many consider the Next Frontier: the planet Mars...Mars gives us an opportunity to define from scratch what world we want to live in. How can limited resources on a planet be used to build a new civilization, without depleting these resources?
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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