Pluto, formerly known as a planet
As far as I'm concerned, Pluto deserves at least honorary recognition as a planet. After all, Pluto even has its own Sailor Scout, and that's reason enough for me. Anyway, since 2011, two new moons have been discovered orbiting Pluto, and because the public will always love the underdog, you now have the opportunity to help name those moons. Courtesy of the SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, you can vote on your favorite names, taken from Greek and Roman mythology.
In celebration of a space program which refuses to quit in the face of absurd Mayan prophecy (in the words of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it"), we bring you the lighter side of space (meta joke!) in this high fashion photo shoot with real-life Russian cosmonauts, photographed by Arthur Elgort.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clarke
Happy Birthday, Arthur C. Clarke!
Arthur C. Clarke (December 16, 1917 – March 19, 2008) was a British science fiction writer, futurist, and inventor who passionately championed the value of scientific exploration. Clarke is often referred to as one of the "Big Three" major authors of science fiction, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. Among his most well-known works is 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was concurrently developed with Stanley Kubrick's film version and published soon after the release of the film.
Michael Benson is a multimedia artist and journalist with a passion for space. His most recent book, Planetfall is his love letter to our Solar System.