Canaveral National Seashore | Titusville | Florida Looking like a vista from an alien world, this black and white negative view enhances the tracks in the beach sand of a Ghost Crab emanating out on different trips back and forth to its burrow, the hole the crab lives in, shown white in this negative view toward the center bottom of the image.
Four Black-bellied Plovers (Pluvialis squatarola) feeding on the beach at the Canaveral National Seashore while dark rainstorms move just offshore. This seems appropriate because the Latin name “pluvia” means rain, while “Pluvialis” implies this is a “rain-bird” though no one seems to quite know what the association is. “Squatarola”, while sounding interesting, actually refers to the Common Plover using the Venetian name that bored ornithologists availed themselves of rather than working at being a little more imaginative. So late in […]
NASA launched the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 1:28PM from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 18 November 2013. MAVEN will study the Martian atmosphere seeking clues as to why Mars lost most of its atmosphere over time. On Earth the atmosphere on launch day was hot, hazy, and cloudy; feeling more like a summer day rather than the middle of November. For those […]
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: Atlas V rocket, Canaveral National Seashore, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, MAVEN, NASA, Space Launch Complex 41, United Launch Alliance