After the Wedding Rant


In response to the post on weddings, invitations and RSVPs.

There are several things that you don’t do, but ranting is one of those things that tend to turn people away. And I thought that it would be good to shed a little light on the situation. Even if I don’t want to point fingers or give out any names.

When you are invited out you either say yes or no. We’re generally good about things like that. It is a smaller more intimate setting and we know the people we’re going to be hanging out with. When it comes to wedding people tend to freak out. And even if they don’t flip their lid, they do act a little bit differently.

The whole point of the post the other day was to get a little steam off my chest. And the wedding was a personal affair.

The people involved in the wedding preparations were meticulous and things could have went perfectly, but then things never go off without a hitch.

I hope I didn’t turn too many of you away. I hope there was something positive from the post. And it really is important to tell somebody if you will attend the wedding or not. It is not just a matter of logistics, it is a matter of common courtesy.

Apollo 17 Soil Matches Ancient Earth’s Ocean Ridges In Water Content

Apollo 17 mission

Forbes had an interesting piece about the Apollo 17 mission. Here is a short excerpt from the piece:

They say that one of the most exciting phrases to hear in science is not “eureka!” but “that’s funny,” and the Apollo 17 astronauts, just over 43 years ago, certainly got such a moment when they discovered orange soil just beneath the grey regiolith. What turned out to be volcanic glass with tin inclusions had another surprise: olivine deposits that showed signs that they contained significant amounts of water inclusions when they were baked, at about ~1200 parts-per-million. This matches the water levels in Earth’s upper mantle along ocean ridges, providing further evidence for the giant impact hypothesis and a common origin for the Earth and Moon.

Shorty crater

The “Orange soil” and meteorite impact on liquid lava differs greatly from ordinary lunar soils.

Station 4, also known as Shorty Crater (picture), is the site where the Apollo 17 crew found the highly-publicized orange soil. The site was explored during the second Apollo 17 extravehicular activity (EVA-2) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site.

Shorty crater

Chinese Moon Rover Yutu Discovers New Type of Rock

the moon Danny Lewis of wrote that the Yutu Rover has discovered a type of basalt unlike anything else ever found on the moon.

“After two years on the moon, a Chinese lunar rover named “Yutu,” has uncovered a new type of moon rock on a long-dead lava flow. According to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, the unique composition of the recently discovered rocks is revealing new insights into the moon’s origins.”

the rover Yutu