Stephen Hawking at the paralympics

Professor Stephen Hawking will be narrating the opening ceremony of the paralympics in London. Prof Hawking will act as a guide to Miranda, a character from William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. Prospero, another character from the play will be played by Sir Ian McKellen.


Hawking on the “Vomit Comet” in 2007.

“You will be taken on the most exquisite journey of discovery inspired by the wonder of science. Both Hawking and McKellen in their narrative talk about what we all need to remember: don’t just look down at your feet, look at the stars, be curious.”

Jenny Sealey


BBC News

NASA's Curiosity rover: some pictures

I though I would link to some of the wonderful pictures of Mars taken by Curiosity.

looking west

Looking south-southwest from the rover’s landing site in Gale Crater.


Here is a panorama of the landing site.


Mount Sharp, a mountain inside Gale Crater, where the rover landed. Below the line of white dots, are relatively flat-lying strata that bear hydrated minerals. Hydrated minerals were not detected by the orbiters.


The layered base of Mount Sharp.

I for one think the images are just wonderful and I am sure they contain lots of good science. I will let the geologists and planetary scientists comment on that further.


All the pictures here are taken from NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory website.