A magnitude 8.8 quake and the tsunami it unleashed in 2010 killed 551 people and destroyed 220,000 homes. It was so strong it changed time, shortening the Earth’s day slightly by changing the planet’s rotation.
As of February 28, 2013 Dr. Marc D. Rayman updated the Dawn Mission | Dawn Journal and answers this question. The update is quite informative with the latest in Dawn’s travels, how well its doing with the ion propulsion system to help speed it along; and also comes with analogies to help you understand the infinitesimal distances Dawn is traveling since its launch into space September of 2007.
On an 8 year space exploration journey, Dawn’s main mission is to visit Vesta and Ceres. Objective: A mission for exploration of main belt asteroids Vesta and Ceres, to acquire data to help answer questions regarding the formation and evolution of the solar system.
Back in 2006, the Dawn Project fabricated a chip to be carried on the spacecraft. The chip was imprinted with the name of each person who wanted to have a part in Dawn’s adventure. I was fortunate enough to meet the deadline and enlisted my father’s name (in his memory) and received an “Asteroid Belt Certificate” with his name on it. “Congratulations “GDR” (abbreviated here for privacy)! Your name is traveling aboard the Dawn spacecraft on its mission to the Asteroid Belt.” Today, almost 6 years later, the Dawn member chip is approximately 212 million miles from earth.
“Radio signals, traveling at the universal limit of the speed of light, take 38 minutes to make the round trip.”
Please take a moment to enlighten yourself on this wild and educational journey.
Unthinkable. This really stirs up some contempt. I really do hope they find whoever is doing this. If not, karma is sure to find its way around. 😉
“the concern isn’t just for dogs and cats, but also other animals like raccoons, foxes and other wildlife”
Yet, another reveal of SeaWorld’s lack of ensuring the safety of its guests and dolphins. Should children be allowed so close? Should children be allowed to feed dolphins? Most of you know that I’m an advocate of Save Japan’s Dolphins and a firm believer that these beautiful mammals along with the Orca, should be left to their natural environment; not slaughtered for food or held in captivity for profit. Rehabilitate and release. I also noted that the dolphins in this report look rather young. Wondering about that….
Check out the news video here.
Who hasn’t visited a dolphin or killer whale show? If we were fortunate to make a trip to SeaWorld or the many other places that entertain with these beautiful mammals, we can recall with some clarity the fascination and excitement of watching them perform …. large and (seemingly) in charge. Never once considering the amount of danger their human trainers face on a daily basis. Nor the emotional signals that these beautiful creatures feel that occasionally turn violent (at a split second) based on (their) animal instinct.
This week, the Freedom of Information Act allowed for the release of eyewitness interviews conducted by the Orange County Sheriff’s office, of the 2010 death of trainer Dawn Brancheau. While it was difficult to listen to, my dismay was not for the killer whale or the trainer(s). I was disgruntled over the fact that most cases of this nature, carry a death sentence for the animal after killing a human. Was it the really the fault of the whale in a tank or the cougar on a hiking trail attempting to protect its cubs nearby as a jogger passes? Tilikum (the killer whale) was not put down but was isolated for 13 months. Was it better than letting him go? They are such intelligent animals. How else do we expect them to communicate their desire to be released? They didn’t ask to be captured and ‘trained.’
This is why these beautiful creatures need to be left in the wild. Just thinking about the lives lost, makes me feel as though humans have not evolved beyond the need to exploit (as in the bearded lady at the circus). It’s time we let go and let live.
I’m already signed up and signed a few petitions. How about you?!
With sincere respect, my condolences to those trainers that have died on the job, and to their families.