So my question is, can cosmologists really maintain their sanity? How can anyone contemplate facts like these, and not go stark raving mad? Where, exactly, does our piss ant planet fit in a universe as immense and mysterious as this?
And no, not evidence of an avalanche, or the aftermath of an avalanche, but an avalanche that was happening as the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passed over it on February 19th. The image shows dust and ice sliding down a 2,000-foot high cliff. Pretty darn cool. When a JPL probe captures a current event in our solar system, it is usually an active volcano (Io), or a giant storm (Saturn, Jupiter). But this image is a dramatic surprise, instantly recognizable as a quick event.
China proved that it can be done in January 2007, and they successfully made a lot of dangerous orbital debris, which of course, can damage other satellites, spacecraft, and possibly the International Space Station.
I'd love to see the missle miss its target. Let's see how this clever idea plays out...