There are a few updates on the sciene front. As we told you last month, the sad news is that the Mars Global Surveyor has apparently reached the end of the road, going silent for over a month now. However, the probe did last years beyond its original intended lifespan and will go down as one of NASA's most successful ventures to the red planet.
It's not all gloom and doom, though. The Galaxy Evolution Explorer has captured some of the first photographs of a black hole devouring a star. Very cool stuff. Check out the article and the artwork.
Also, NASA now plans to establish a permanent base of operations on one of the poles of the moon by 1024. You can find a detailed explanation of what they hope to accomplish with new lunar missions at their web site. One of the most exciting possibilities is that we should be able to set up massive radio and visual telescopes on the dark side of the moon. Using the planet to block both sunlight and radio interference from the Earth, these facilities should one day allow us to look deeper into the universe than ever before, possibly getting images from "back in time" all the way back to near the Big Bang.
Rumor has it that Pat Roberts is already seeking to block the project because everyone knows the universe is only six thousand years old.
More to come as this story develops.