By Johanna Kieniewicz
me, the highlight of this past week's science news was the
images (1) ........ back from the Curiosity rover, providing
(2) ........ geologic evidence that water flowed on Mars.
Of course, this wasn't exactly a surprise; for decades,
planetary scientists have suggested the channel networks
visible in spacecraft imagery couldn't have been made by
anything else. The evidence has been (3) ........ as well,
as various clay minerals and iron oxides have been identified
through hyperspectral imagery.
I suspect that the image of definitely water-lain (4) ........
made the heart of more than one geologist (5) ........ a
beat. Ground truth. You could argue that the scientific
exploration of the extra-terrestrial is, at least (6) ........
part, a search for meaning: to position us within a larger
cosmology. But our fascination with, and connection to,
what we see in the night sky comes not just through science,
but also through art. So it should come as no surprise that
scientific images of planetary surfaces have (7) ........
inspiration to a range of artists from Galileo - whose first
sketches of the moon through a telescope are (8) ........
beautiful - to Barbara Hepworth - whose interpretations
of the lunar surface are far less literal.
and full text: http://blogs.plos.org/attheinterface/2012/10/04/planetary-artistry/)