Lunar eclipse over Indian peace pagoda.
The Indian Space Research Organization has discovered a “giant underground chamber” near the Moon’s equator, in the Oceanus Procellarum area discovered by the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft—more than one mile long (1.7 kilometers) and 393 feet wide (120 meters)-big enough to contain a small lunar city.
The Indian researchers have published a paper detailing their findings and talking about the possibility of making this giant underground vault as a future human base. The settlement would be protected from radiation, micro-meteor impacts, dust and extreme temperature changes by the lava structure that provides a natural environmental control with a nearly constant temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit), unlike that of the lunar surface showing extreme variation, maximum of 130 degrees Celsius (266 degrees Fahrenheit) to a minimum of minus 180 degrees Celsius (-292 degrees Fahrenheit) in its diurnal (day-night) cycle.
In addition, lunar explorers would only need minimal construction, without the added cost of having to use expensive shields against the hazardous lunar environment.
By early September 2010, torrential monsoon rains had not only pushed the Indus River over its banks, but also raised water levels in a nearby lake. The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer(ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the two water bodies on September 5, 2010.
In this false-color image, vegetation is red, and bare ground and settled areas vary in color from gray to beige. Water ranges in color from navy blue to teal. The greenish hue of the Indus River likely results from the flooded river’s heavy sediment load. Patches of red in the river hint at the scale of flooding; these areas are farmland submerged by the river.
Rajsamand, Rajasthan, India // Jainist Temple with red veils
A welcoming of Spring, Holi is celebrated as the triumph of good over evil. Hindu devotees and others enthusiastically drop their inhibitions, and chase each other in temples and through the streets, playfully splashing colorful paint, powder and water on each other.
Now this is what I call a celebration! No guesswork needed here. These people are just plain having fun! What better way to rejoice in the blossoming of life?
Been quite enamored with glimpses of India’s enrapturing Holi (Festival of Colors) from the Boston Globe for two solid years. I look forward to their future visits.