Mission to the Red Planet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built — a car-size vehicle bristling with cameras, microphones, drills and lasers — blasted off for the red planet Thursday as part of an ambitious, long-range project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to Earth to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life.

Hurricane Lane brought fire and rain to Hawaii

Hurricane Lane was an impactful event for the Hawaiian Islands. In August 2018, over a four-day period, Hawaii Island received an average of 17 inches of rainfall, with a four-day single-station maximum of 57 inches, making Hurricane Lane the wettest tropical cyclone ever recorded in Hawaii.

UH telescope atop Maunakea to get big upgrade

A team of astronomers at the University of Hawaii was recently awarded a $1 million grant to upgrade the UH 2.2-meter telescope on Maunakea, giving the mountain’s first large telescope a leg up on its larger, newer neighbors, with more nimble, streamlined operations.

Volcano Watch: Kilauea Volcano’s summit water lake is 1 year old

On July 25, 2019, ponded water was first observed within Halemaumau at the summit of Kilauea Volcano. Over the past 12 months, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has watched this amazing body of water grow from a nascent pond into a veritable lake, the first observed within Kilauea caldera in at least 200 years.

Laughter Therapy: August 1, 2020

One thing is for sure…we need LOL’s in these trying times. Yesterday I went to the market and upon entering the lady at the door put her little hand thermometer on my forehead. What do those things do to your memory? I went in for macaroni and cheese and came home with three bottles of wine. Whoops?