Astronomers Make Massive Discovery on the Far Side of the Moon | Smithsonian

A 1,200-mile-wide crater on the far side of the moon was formed when a huge asteroid with a heavy metal core smashed into the lunar surface billions of years ago. When that happened, the asteroid drilled through layers of the moon’s crust while losing mass of its own. Molten rock partially refilled the impact area, melting chunks of the asteroid’s busted metal core along the way. Peter James, a planetary scientist at Baylor University explains that today, metal from the asteroid’s core could still be embedded in the lunar mantle, causing the extra mass.

The exact size of the asteroid and the date of impact have yet to be determined but one thing is certain: Had this rock missed the moon and smacked into Earth it would have been a very, very bad day for whatever critters were living here then.

 

Source: Astronomers Make Massive Discovery on the Far Side of the Moon | Smart News | Smithsonian

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Pageant of Pulchritude: 1927 

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“Second International Pageant of Pulchritude and Eighth Annual Bathing Girl Revue — Galveston, Texas — May, 1927.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Shorpy Historic Picture Archive :: Pageant of Pulchritude: 1927 high-resolution photo

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GoLo or Go Homies

I found this Lowrider Magazine trophy on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in front of the Gap (which closed in 2007) and when David Gonzales’ ‘Homies’ first came out in the early Noughts I spent a small fortune collecting this full set of the 1st edition of them from vending machines in the Mission

The trophy’s original engraved plate had been removed so it was not identifiable.

I’ve wanted to put them together for a loooong time and only managed to do it right before I left for Peru at the end of Jan. 2019.

{It was one of several projects that I finished up before my departure, a hedge against the worst happening to me down there}

 

 

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Welding mask, about $8

Tempting but I’m afraid that it would be too big for my suitcase and I’m pretty sure they won’t let me take it as a carry-on.

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Huancayo, Peru

My destination, Huancayo, is 10,692ft/3,259m above sea level.

I live about 260ft/83m above it. I have altitude sickness meds and know about mata de coca but I’m still concerned. I had infantile asthma and even when I ran long distance have always breathed rather shallowly.

I think I’ll give it 2-3 weeks but if my body has not acclimated enough to work, I’ll move somewhere lower and consider the rest of my pre-paid room and board a donation.

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Watts Towers

Glad to finally Simon Rodia’s amazing sculptures in person. They’re undergoing major restoration so we couldn’t get in but I still enjoyed them.

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Watts Towers

Glad to finally see

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Free Coffee for TSA

Today I bought a 30 cup catering container to give to the TSA

folks who are being forced to work without pay

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Homies Go Low

I found this 2001 trophy from Lowrider Clothing on the corner of Haight & Ashbury on my way to work many years ago. When David Gonzales’ ‘Homies’ first came out in the early Noughts I spent a small fortune collecting this full set of the 1st edition of them from vending machines in the Mission

I had a brass plate engraved for the base. It reads:
STAN FLOURIDE 1ST PLACE HOMIES COLLECTION

My two previous attempts to create this piece (over 10 years ago) using silicon glue and an emotionally-troubled adhesive (that’s the PC way to describe Krazy Glue) failed. I hope the hot glue I used today will hold up better.

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Norman Just Wants You to Be Clean

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