Maria Clara Eimmart, Ten Depictions of Heavenly Phenomena, (late 17th century)
Immart was the daughter of the history painter, portraitist and amateur astronomer Georg Christoph Eimmart, with whom she collaborated. Her father was director of the Malerakademie in Nürnberg but also established a private observatory. She was given a broad education in the fine arts, and specialized in botanical and astronomical illustrations. She made a series of some 350 drawings of lunar phases, observed by telescope, and captured on distinctive blue paper. Twelve of these were given to conte Marsili, a scientific collaborator with her father, of those twelve, ten survive in Bologna. She shortly thereafter married her father’s pupil and successor, the astronomer Johann Heinrich Müller and died in childbirth.
Space Station Robot Getting Its Legs
Creepy or cool? NASA has been working on creating legs for the Robonaut 2, a helper robot currently in service aboard the International Space Station. The agency says the extra appendages are needed to give Robonaut more mobility. With the robot able to move around more easily, the ISS crew will be freed from mundane tasks inside and outside the station.
Robonaut is currently attached to a support post. With legs, the robot will be able to move around more easily and use both hands while grasping with at least one foot.
Image description: Aliya Merali, a program leader in science education at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), experiences near weightlessness on a microgravity flight aboard the “Weightless Wonder” as part of a collaboration with NASA.
Combining her background in physics with her interest in outreach and science communication, Merali now coordinates a variety of events geared towards providing opportunities for students interested in science careers.
She directs a conference for more than 350 young women interested in the science and technology fields, works in an underprivileged school district to bring science experiments to life with underrepresented students and collaborates on a multitude of other outreach programs including internships, science competitions, and mentoring programs.
You big, beautiful gas ball, you!
In Japanese, the name for Jupiter is 木星, pronounced “mokusei”, which literally translates as “wooden star”. In images like these, you can kinda see where they were coming from.
(The name uses the same characters in Chinese too, but I don’t know the pronounciation.)