Psychological issues are not something that many of us would ever attribute to an astronaut. Just saying the word astronaut suggests a hardened test pilot or brave modern explorer, not someone facing a psychological issue or challenge.
Humanity faces a variety of natural disasters on a daily basis. Volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes claim the lives of roughly 60,000 people every year. And a major disaster – such as a supervolcano eruption – could threaten the continued existence of mankind altogether.
Few things are as captivating and awe-inspiring as witnessing a meteor shower under perfect atmospheric conditions. Fortunately, Thursday, November 21, stargazers will have an opportunity to do just that.
This week in 2013, NASA launched the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission to explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind.