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Class 10: Our Destiny

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Robert Ballard: Exploring the ocean's hidden worlds

Ocean explorer Robert Ballard takes us on a mind-bending trip to hidden worlds underwater, where he and other researchers are finding unexpected life, resources, even new mountain ranges. He makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone?

 

 

Carolyn Porco: Fly me to the moons of Saturn

Back in the mid-1980s, while still working on her doctorate, Porco was drafted onto a team at JPL that was crunching the mountains of data coming back from the Voyager fly-by of Saturn. Her work on the planet's "ringlets," and on a spoke pattern noticed in the rings, made an important connection between Saturn's rings and its magnetic fields.  Her ongoing work at the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPs) has two goals: to process and interpret the Cassini images for other scientists, and to make sure the images -- in all their breathtaking poetry and mystery and sheer Save-Image-As-Desktop awesomeness -- connect with the general public.

 

Images of Saturn and Titan.  (PowerPoint Presentation)

Imagine being in a spaceship speeding into the outer reaches of our solar system and coming upon a giant planet with beautiful rings and multiple moons.  These pictures taken of Saturn and Titan are part of the NOAA collection. Sit back and be amazed!

 

 

David Deutsch: What is our place in the cosmos?

Deutsch, the legendary physicist, describes our place in the universe in ways that are almost possible for me to understand! In closing he touches on global warming which becomes the subject of most of the TED comments. Example; “Global warming serves the speaker as an example of a problem that has crept up on us slowly and stealthily, … with some irreversible consequences, before we had even noticed it. The proposed solutions the speaker mentions are simply examples …. given that our efforts to cut down our polluting emissions have proved, ….. wholly inadequate.”

 

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