The geoid measured by the GOCE satellite (photo ESA)

The GOCE (Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer) satellite was launched in an ESA mission about two years ago with the aim of taking measurements of the geoid with a precision never achieved before. With its gradiometer, an very sensitive gravity detection instrument, the GOCE has collected enough data to create the most accurate image of the Earth we’ve ever seen.

Robert Bunsen

Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen was born on March 31, 1811 in Göttingen in the then kingdom of Hanover, now part of Germany. His inventions and discoveries made him one of the most famous scientists in the field of chemistry.

Cauldron by Jack McDevitt

The novel “Cauldron” by Jack McDevitt was published for the first time in 2007. This is the sixth novel in a series set in the XXIII century starring the space pilot Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins. The other novels in the series are: “The Engines of God” (1995), “Deepsix” (2001), “Chindi” (2002), “Omega” (2003) and “Odyssey” (2006). “Cauldron” was a finalist for the Nebula Award for best novel.

Byron Scott with Panathinaikos Athens

Byron Antom Scott was born in Ogden, Utah, USA on March 28, 1961. As an NBA basketball player he won 3 titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. As a coach he reached 2 NBA finals with the New Jersey Nets.