The Mars Report – December 16th, 2014

NASA's Journey To Mars

NASA’S Journey to Mars

(NASA’s Journey to Mars[1])

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Welcome back My Dear Shoevians to The Other Shoe. I am very happy to bring you, My Dear Shoevians, this All New edition of ‘The Mars Report’! It has been several weeks since the last publication of this wonderful and broadly enjoyed article series. I have just lacked the strength and will to write and publish since the start of my chemotherapy treatment for my Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This week I really hope to change that and improve and increase the number of articles I write and publish each week.

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Now, as they say in theater, ‘The show must go on!’ Since the publication of my last edition of ‘The Mars Report’ a lot has happened on Mars and with the rover Curiosity. As well, the spacecraft Maven (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) has arrived and is in orbit around Mars! This orbiting laboratory is dedicated to the study of Mar’s upper atmosphere. Uniquely equipped to measure the composition and structure of the Martian upper atmosphere, it will also investigate its interaction with the Sun and solar winds. The picture below is of the team in Littleton, Colorado celebrating MAVEN’s successful entry into orbit around Mars.

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(image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[2])

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Celebrating MAVEN Orbit

Celebrating MAVEN Orbit

(MAVEN Team in Littleton, Colorado Celebrating Mars Orbit)

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Now, My Dear Shoevians, I have told you why MAVEN is orbiting Mars. However, as I have always believed why just use words when you can use a graphic, too? J That serves as a nice segway into the next image in today’s article. As part of NASA’s ‘Mars Scout’ program MAVEN will help determine just what happened to the Martian atmosphere. As well, MAVEN will assist NASA/JPL scientists answer the big question ‘Did Mars have liquid water… if so, what happened to the liquid water?’ MAVEN has a big job ahead and all the technicians and scientists at NASA and JPL are anxious to get busy putting MAVEN’s scientific instruments to work! Below is a graphic that helps explain MAVEN’s journey and its job once in orbit.

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(Image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[3])

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MAVEN’s Arrival at Mars Explained

MAVEN’s Arrival at Mars Explained

(MAVEN’s Arrival at Mars Explained)

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Now that we have covered MAVEN’s arrival and the job it has ahead. Let me share, with you, images that MAVEN has already sent to us here on Earth! See, I told you that the scientists and technicians were/are anxious to get MAVEN working. The image, below, is of the Martian extended upper atmosphere. There are three images through different three different filters. One showing Hydrogen… one Oxygen… one Reflected Sunlight… and one that is a composite of the three different filters. This gives us, My Dear Shoevians, a very good idea of the make-up of the upper atmosphere and just how far each element extends above the Martian surface.

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(image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[4])

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MAVEN’s FIRST Observations of Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

MAVEN’s FIRST Observations of Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

(MAVEN’s FIRST Observations of Mars’ Upper Atmosphere)

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Now, My Dear Shoevians, our next (and final) image for today from MAVEN is perhaps the most interesting. On October 17th MAVEN came within 5.3 million miles of a comet. ‘Siding Spring’ is the name of the comet and MAVEN managed to catch an incredible image from its Ultraviolet Spectrograph instrument. MAVEN captured an ultraviolet image as hydrogen atoms scattered in the solar ultraviolet light. See, the surface of most comets is water trapped in ice. As comets propel through our solar system, the ice evaporates off the comet’s surface. As this water vapor rises off the comet’s surface ultraviolet light breaks apart the hydrogen and oxygen! The image, below, is of the hydrogen ‘coma’ caused by this breakdown of water molecules.

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(Image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[5])

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MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of ‘Siding Spring’ comet’s Coma

MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of ‘Siding Spring’ comet’s Coma

(MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of ‘Siding Spring’ comet’s Coma)

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That, My Dear Shoevians, brings us to the end of the portion of this “The Mars Report’ devoted to the MAVEN orbiter. Now I have four images from the Curiosity rover to share. First, I want to talk about the image at the top of this article. Labeled NASA’s Journey to Mars it shows the different systems and vehicles that will assist NASA and mankind in its exploration of deep space and Mars. As outlined in the NASA Authorization Act of 2010[6] the goals are as follows;

  • 2018First launch of the powerful Space Launch System[7] rocket. This rocket, and future improve versions, will help propel mankind to land on a comet take samples and return and eventually to Mars.
  • 2025Using the Space Launch System rocket in conjunction with the Orion[8] spacecraft NASA plans to land astronauts on a comet, have them take samples, then redirect the comet to orbit the MOON! As well, bringing back the comet samples using the Orion spacecraft.
  • 2030’s – Using a greatly improved Space Launch System [9] and the Orion spacecraft NASA plans to land a human astronaut on the Martian surface. Using human driver rovers they hope to discover ice bound water near the Martian poles. This water would, then, be converted into fuel for further Deep Space Exploration by robotic rovers then my human astronauts.

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That is the explanation of the graphic above, and the general outline for NASA’s and mankind’s adventure into Deep Space, the Martian surface and beyond. Our first image for this second half of today’s ‘The Mars Report’ was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter[10]. What we are looking at, here, is a geological separation on the Martian surface. A ‘Geologic Transition’ between the ‘Murray formation’ and a ‘Hematite ridge’. This transition is important in that they show dramatic changes in the soil composition and the layering of the formations. This is the very next location target for the rover Curiosity.

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(Image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[11])

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Geologic Transition from Murray formation to Hematite ridge

Geologic Transition from Murray formation to Hematite ridge

(Geologic Transition from Murray formation to Hematite ridge)

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Our next image, My Dear Shoevians, is one of the clearest and sharpest high definition images I have ever seen come out of the MastCam (Mast Camera) of the rover Curiosity. We, Curiosity and Us, have arrived at ‘Alexander Hills’. Alexander Hills is in the ‘Pahrump Hills’ at the very base of Mount Sharp. The image is of an outcrop of bedrock that Curiosity encountered as it makes it final approach to Mount Sharp. The image, below, is a mosaic of six images taken by the Mastcam on November 23rd, 2014. The very next image shows just where Curiosity is and where it took this spectacular image. As always, My Dear Readers, the images at blog dot com have been cropped and compressed. However, if you go over the the secondary location at Word Press (www.theothersshoe.wordpress.com) you can click on any image and see it in the original resolution.

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(Image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[12])

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Mosaic of Six Mastcam shots at ‘Alexander Hills’

Mosaic of Six Mastcam shots at ‘Alexander Hills’

(Mosaic of Six Mastcam shots at ‘Alexander Hills’)

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As I explained, above, the image below outlines Curiosity’s path from ‘Confidence Hills’ to the high point on Mount Sharp ‘Salsberry Peak’. This gives us the current location of Curiosity at ‘Alexander Hills’ and shows the path forward.

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(Image Thanks to JPL Web Site[13])

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Curiosity’s Path to Salisberry Peak

Curiosity’s Path to Salisberry Peak

(Curiosity’s Path to Salisberry Peak)

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That brings us, My Dear Shoevians, to the final image of the day and the final image of this expanded edition of ‘The Mars Report’. As always I would like to express my thanks to the NASA and JPL web sites for all of the images that I have shared here today. Without the use of these incredible images I would not be able to bring you edition after edition of ‘The Mars Report’. The image, below, was taken back on September 7th, 2013 from the ‘Darwin’ waypoint. I include it today because it shows the incredible bluffs of Mount Sharp. Mount Sharp is the first major waypoint and scientific point of interest for Curiosity. Reaching Mount Sharp will be an incredible achievement for Curiosity and the incredible people at NASA/JPL. Without whom none of this would be possible. I leave you with Mount Sharp!

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(Image Thanks to NASA/JPL Web Site[14])

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Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers

Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers

(Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers)

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Well, My Dear Shoevians, today we have made quite a journey. From MAVEN reaching Martian orbit, and providing incredible images of the Martian upper atmosphere and an ultraviolet image of hydrogen atoms fleeing a comet’s surface. All the way back to the Martian surface joining Curiosity as it makes its final climb to the summit of Mount Sharp. Today’s edition of “The Mars Report’ was a heroic reintroduction of this article series to you, My Dear Shoevians. I hope that you have enjoyed every single image, and gained some knowledge from the information I have shared.

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This article is set to self-publish as I am sitting at the Total Care Infusion Center receiving my forth chemotherapy treatment. I have prepared this article, in advance, so that you, My Dear Shoevians, could have something beautiful to enjoy while I battle my cancer. My Dear Shoevians, I grow weary of… begging for support. I have written, pleaded, even ran a campaign at Indiegogo to try and raise funds for me… to battle cancer… and not engage in this battle… broke and poor.

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My situation has not changed. Except for the fact I am gut tired of asking for your assistance. Next week is Christmas… and I am looking at a bleak… and painful holiday. This is my lot… I understand. But nothing says I have to face it broke and depressed. You, My Dear Shoevians, can change my Holiday Season. With little more than the cost of a couple of days Starbucks coffee you can donate and make a huge difference in my holidays… and my battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. It is very easy. Just go to PayPal and send; $5, $10, $20 or more to – Daniel Hanning with my email of Enzomatrix@earthlink.net. I will get immediate notification of your donation to my battle with cancer. And… I just might be able to have a genuine Merry Christmas.

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Thank you for your time, your consideration, and (if you so choose) your donation. I hope that all of YOU, My Dearest Shoevians, have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays! Thank you for your visits… thank you for your time… thank you for your kindness.

 

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P.S. You all may have noticed… as of this week you are NO longer merely ‘Readers’ of The Other Shoe… You ARE, in fact, ‘Shoevians’. Readers of this blog, The Other Shoe, at either location earns you the (dubious) honor of the deisgnation a ‘Shoevian’. A little Christmas present from me to Shoe… 😉

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays!.

Adieu!

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Thank YOU!

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Danny Hanning @ Chemotherapy

Danny Hanning @ Chemotherapy

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© 2010 – 2014
Hanning Web Wurx and The Other Shoe

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The Mars Report – October 13th, 2014

Nature's Drilling Exposes Deeply Buried Minerals

Nature’s Drilling Exposes Deeply Buried Minerals

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           Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. First, to all of you My Dear Readers I’m BACK! After a very nice ten days Hiatus I am back to write and publish right here at The Other Shoe. Today I have a special ‘The Mars Report’ for you viewing pleasure. If you are a regular reader you will remember me mentioning so “incredible” images I found just roaming around the JPL/NASA web site. Today I am going to; finally, share those images I mentioned so many weeks ago.

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Just a little personal note; I see that My Dear Readers in Houston and Pearland Texas are being deluged with; rain, hail and storms. I wanted y’all to know that I am thinking of you all. Please drive carefully in this heavy rain and weather. Stay safe and put safety ahead of being rushed or ‘getting their early’… k?

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Now, back to this week’s edition of ‘The Mars Report’ right here at The Other Shoe. To everyone viewing this article at blog dot com? I would like to apologize for any problems you may have; reading, viewing images, and loading pages. It seems that there are, again, some problems with this location and I have notified the web master of these difficulties. This week’s edition is one several weeks in the making. I have gathered some incredible images from all over Mars. Our first image…well, is a visit to an old friend, Opportunity, on the Martian surface.

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Taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter this image shows rover Opportunity in the very edge of ‘Santa Maria’ crater. If you look, very closely, at the four o’clock position in the image? You can clearly see Opportunity parked on the crest of this huge crater. There to evaluate crater excavation that occurred during the impact and how the crater edge has been modified by weathering and erosion. This 295 foot diameter crater just dwarfs our little Opportunity rover.

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(Image thanks to JPL/NASA Web Site[1])

Opportunity at ‘Santa Maria’ Crater

Opportunity at ‘Santa Maria’ Crater

(Opportunity at ‘Santa Maria’ Crater)

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My Dear Readers this is the image that really caught my eye, many weeks ago, and lead to the incredible images that follow in this edition of ‘The Mars Report’. Many of my American readers, all too often, forget the greatness government does. All too eager to knock government and everything related, they forget that if not for government man would have never set foot on the Moon… and you, My Dear Readers, would have never seen the image above.

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Now, My Dear Readers, you can get a feel for the type of edition, of ‘The Mars Report’, this edition is going to be. If you think of a National Geographic for Mars? This is what it would look like. J You see, I really do work hard to bring you, My Dear Readers, great images, science, and information all right here at The Other Shoe!

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Four our next incredible image I give you is from Newton Crater. This image was taken from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. However, it has been enhanced with 3D modeling. Reprojected to give us a bird’s eye view as it might appear riding in a helicopter. A breathtaking view of the edge of Newton crater and the warm season flows. Each of the flows are relatively narrow, just 1 to 1.5 years in width. This image was taken during the Martian summer months.

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(Image thanks to JPL/NASA Web Site[2])

Oblique View of Warm Season Flows in Newton Crater

Oblique View of Warm Season Flows in Newton Crater

(Oblique View of Warm Season Flows in Newton Crater)

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Like I said… if National Geographic had published a Martian Edition, THIS is what it would look like. Now for our next image shows true and genuine gullies on the Martian surface. Taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter this image shows us unprecedented detail of the Martian surface. The gullies show in this image range in size from three feet to thirty-three feet in width. The image was taken from the carp in the Hellas impact basin.

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(Image thanks to JPL/NASA Web Site[3])

(True Gullies on the Martian Surface)

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And, as always, My Dear Readers I have saved the very best image of the day for last. Now, gain, if you are a regular readers here at The Other Shoe you will recognize our next image. This is another truly unique image made with combining technologies available on the rover Opportunity and the Mars Science Orbiter. This is an image of a volcanic cone in the Nili Patera caldera region of Mars. I just cannot get over the level of detail, and the reprojected perspective that JPL/NASA have brought to this image. Just incredible!

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(Image thanks to JPL/NASA Web Site[4])

Mars Volcanic Cone with Hydrothermal Deposits

Mars Volcanic Cone with Hydrothermal Deposits

(Mars Volcanic Cone with Hydrothermal Deposits)

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That brings us to the end of this week’s edition of ‘The Mars Report’. I know that this edition is a little short, today. I hope that you understand that it is going to take me some time to get back up to the level of work I previously shared. As well, I have some really incredible GIF images that I want to share, but I am having some difficulty getting them uploaded and displayed at one of the blog locations.

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I hope that all of you, My Dear Readers, have enjoyed these incredible images I have brought here today. I hope to bring you an all new edition of ‘Lost in Space’ later this week. I am not too sure that I will be publishing tomorrow, Tuesday, but I will be back here just as soon as physically possible. As always, thank you for dropping by and you do me great honor by ‘Liking’ and haring’ my work and my blog.

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Adieu!

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Thank you!

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Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

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© 2010 – 2014 Hanning Web Wurx and The Other Shoe

Final Hours – Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund

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Danny @ The Tinder Box 1987

Danny @ The Tinder Box 1987

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. It is just after 6:30PM PST here in California. That means that there is just shy of SIX HOURS LEFT to my campaign. My Dear Readers, first I want to say ‘THANK YOU!” to my eleven Contributors to Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo. Second, I apologize to anyone/everyone that I may have… offended(?)… disturbed(?)… bothered(?) with my frequent and persistent campaigning and posts.

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It was never my intention to do anything but fight for my life. That leads me to; Third, for whatever reason. I have failed at my attempt to raise enough money to successfully battle my Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. That scares me to death. It scares me that I will go to face and fight this cancer and win. Last night, My Dear Readers, I lay in bed… unable to sleep or rest, gripped in fear and anxiety. I was more terrified, at the future I now face, than at any other time in my life.

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Terrified at the prospect that this cancer may well take my life, in a time where it should not. That, by some shortcoming on my part, I have sentenced myself to a fate I would not wish on anyone. For the past forty-five days I have worked, relentlessly, on; my campaign, my two blogs, promotions, Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, and Tumblr. Work in all these venues of social media in hopes of raising interest in my cause, and by so doing increase the potential donations.

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I have written more, and more frequently than at any time in the past two years of my life. Spent all night, on more than one occasion, promoting, posting, cross-promoting, writing, publishing and pimping myself, my work, my cause. I am not ashamed of the $500 I have raised, and in no way should anyone that donated think I do not deeply appreciate their kindness and generosity. It is not that.

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It is the sense that… somehow, I have failed; family, friends, close friends, fellow actors, fellow writers, past associates and even acquaintances to the point that they actively chose to not support me in my battle with cancer. My Dear Readers, I simply cannot put into words just how much that hurts! I never asked to have a typewriter fall in my head, never wanted or desired to be physically disabled, have nerve root damage, be unable to properly walk or use my left hand. Nor did I request this cancerous bane, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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I didn’t ask, but I did think that I would always have the kindness and support… that is what really hurts. Only six… five and a half hours left.

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Please… won’t you PLEASE donate… and help me in my battle with cancer? PLEASE?

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PLEASE DONATE to

Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo

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Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014
Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

PLEASE GIVE!?!

 

DCTF COUNT-DOWN CLOCK SEVEN HOURS LEFT!!!

Daneil Hanning of The Other Shoe 2001

Daneil Hanning of The Other Shoe 2001

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 Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe! Today is THE day. THE day my campaign to BATTLE my cancer ENDS!

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Today, for the next 7 hours, I am going to do my BEST to garner MORE SUPPORT by running this Count-Down CLOCK! Right NOW there is just 7 HOURS LEFT! Only 7 hours till the end of my campaign! SEVEN HOURS LEFT to gather as much help as I can!

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SEVEN HOURS to get the HELP I NEED! PLEASE won’t you GIVE?

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Please Donate to @ Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo!

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PLEASE?

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P.S. Click on ANY link to GO to the CAMPAIGN and GIVE!

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PLEASE DONATE to

Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo

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Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014
Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

PLEASE GIVE!?!

DCTF COUNT-DOWN 9 HOURS LEFT!!!

Daniel Webelo's Uniform

Daniel Webelo’s Uniform

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe! Today is THE day. THE day my campaign to BATTLE my cancer ENDS!

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Today, for the next 9 hours, I am going to do my BEST to garner MORE SUPPORT by running this Count-Down CLOCK! Right NOW there is just 9 HOURS LEFT! Only 9 hours till the end of my campaign! NINE HOURS LEFT to gather as much help as I can!

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ELEVEN HOURS to get the HELP I NEED! PLEASE won’t you GIVE?

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Please Donate to @ Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo!

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PLEASE?

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P.S. Click on ANY link to GO to the CAMPAIGN and GIVE!

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PLEASE DONATE to

Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo

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Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014
Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

PLEASE GIVE!?!

DCTF COUNT-DOWN 12 HOURS LEFT!!!

Danny in The Third Grade

Danny in The Third Grade

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe! Today is THE day. THE day my campaign to BATTLE my cancer ENDS!

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Today, for the next 12 hours, I am going to do my BEST to garner MORE SUPPORT by running this Count-Down CLOCK! Right NOW there is just 12 HOURS LEFT! Only 12 hours till the end of my campaign! THIRTEEN HOURS LEFT to gather as much help as I can!

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TWELVE HOURS to get the HELP I NEED! PLEASE won’t you GIVE?

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Please Donate to @ Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo!

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PLEASE?

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Thank YOU!

PLEASE DONATE to

Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo

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Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014
Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

PLEASE GIVE!?!

DCTF COUNT-DOWN 13 HOURS LEFT!

Danny and Sebastian 1989

Danny and Sebastian 1989

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   Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe! Today is THE day. THE day my campaign to BATTLE my cancer ENDS!

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Today, for the next 13 hours, I am going to do my BEST to garner MORE SUPPORT by running this Count-Down CLOCK! Right NOW there is just 13 HOURS LEFT! Only 13 hours till the end of my campaign! THIRTEEN HOURS LEFT to gather as much help as I can!

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Fourteen HOURS to get the HELP I NEED! PLEASE won’t you GIVE?

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Please Donate to @ Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo!

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PLEASE?

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P.S. Click on ANY link to GO to the CAMPAIGN and GIVE!

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Thank YOU!

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PLEASE DONATE to

Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo

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Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014
Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

PLEASE GIVE!?!

Thank you.

DCTF COUNT-DOWN CLOCK – 14 HOURS LEFT!

Danny in 7th Grade

Danny in 7th Grade Pearland Middle School

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Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe! Today is THE day. THE day my campaign to BATTLE my cancer ENDS!

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Today, for the next 12 hours, I am going to do my BEST to garner MORE SUPPORT by running this Count-Down CLOCK! Right NOW there is just 14 HOURS LEFT! Only 14 hours till the end of my campaign! FOURTEEN HOURS LEFT to gather as much help as I can!

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Fourteen HOURS to get the HELP I NEED! PLEASE won’t you GIVE?

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Please Donate to @ Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo!

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PLEASE?

.P.S. Click on ANY link to GO to the CAMPAIGN and GIVE!

Thank YOU!

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PLEASE DONATE to

Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo

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Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014
Danny in Rolling Hills Estates August 12, 2014

PLEASE GIVE!?!

A Final PLEA!

Danny Hanning of The Other Shoe - May 6th, 2014

Danny Hanning of The Other Shoe – May 6th, 2014

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                      Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. In just under Thirty-Six hours my ‘Cancer Treatment Fund’ campaign will come to a close. Over the past 43 ½ days I have; worked my finger to the bone writing a ‘record number’ of articles (some setting their own records in length and the number of ‘Likes’), spent 12 to 14 hours each and every day behind a keyboard, promoted and ‘pimped’ the campaign in every way imaginable (spending close to $100 of my money to advertise), and caused myself no end of pain and suffering sitting and writing and promoting. I have done this not out of greed, it was done out of fear. Fear that I would not manage to garner enough support.

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Enough to support me desire to return to treatment, and not chance loosing the roof over my head in the process. That is not hyperbole, it is a simple mathematical fact. Allen is the primary ‘bread winner’ in this family. Each and every day he takes off to tend to me. Help me get to; appointments, treatments, therapies and the like is another day he looses pay from his two jobs. That adds up rather quickly, and shortens our ability to pay bills, food and rent. That was the whole reason for the campaign.

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I think I lost your, My Dear Readers, support when I (wrongly) included my desires to; leave California, and get a means of personal transportation. For that I deeply and sincerely apologize. It was never my intent to pollute the purpose of the campaign with desires of the flesh. Yes, I just hate being stared at on public transportation. Somehow, a person in a power chair… is a target of people’s stares and (sometimes) angry insults. On top of the advent to this cancer… my patience is/was wearing thin. Honestly, I think I have had my fill of; falling typewriters, spinal injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, degenerative disc disease, nerve root damage, spinal stenosis, loss of mobility, loss of use of my left hand, and now the finale of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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I (honestly) feel like a modern day Job. I broke down… all I wanted was to be away from Southern California. To enjoy four seasons again… and to be able to drive myself to chemotherapy. Aye, there’s the rub! For (I think) in expressing those desires I might have lost the help of many people. Now, I will not have enough money… to return to treatment, much less to leave California or get my own transportation. I have no one to blame but myself, blame for polluting the genuine needs of seeking treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer with selfish desires. Selfish desires of wanting to be rid of the hurtful stares on public transportation (one time… a person actually spit on me in my power chair… for taking up “more seats that you are worth…”), and my selfish desire to be rid of Southern California… to watch seasons change, leaves turn, and maybe see a ‘White Christmas’ again.

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I/we will never know, for sure, if that was the reason I could only garner ‘token’ financial support. However, I am willing to shoulder the blame, and keep moving forward. I apologize to all of you, My Dear Readers, that did pledge your support. Apologize that, whatever I did or didn’t do, that is responsible for the shortness of support.

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Now, I would just like to make one final plea for assistance/donations. In a little less than thirty-six hours my campaign will come to a close. I would like to take this opportunity to ask you, My Dear Readers, for your donations and support.

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“Please, won’t you take a few moments and contribute to help me pay the growing costs of my battle with cancer?”

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Any amount will help. I know that this blog reaches many nations, many peoples around the world. I am deeply thankful of My Dear Readers all over this world for coming here and reading my work. I would not ask if this were… any other situation… but cancer. I just need help with the growing costs of; transportation, medications, and time for my roommate to act as my caregiver. I just want to live.

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Thank you! Thank you for your time… for your careful consideration… for your SUPPORT!

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!

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Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo

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The Mars Report – Mount Sharp ARRIVAL!

Cylindrical Polar Mosaic 'Selfie' Curoisty

Cylindrical Polar Mosaic ‘Selfie’ Curoisty

(Cylindrical Polar Mosaic ‘Selfie’ Curoisty )

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                     Welcome back My Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. AMAZING NEWS My Dear Readers! The rover, Curiosity, has arrived at the target location of its mission to Mars. MOUNT SHARP! After two years and nearly nine kilometers (approx~ 5.6 miles) Curiosity has arrive at Mount Sharp. Well, at the base of Mount Sharp. I have been so involved in my; cancer, my campaign to raise much needed money to pay the BILLS from my cancer treatment and the remaining Seventy-two hours I have to garner much needed support that I totally missed reporting this event. Amazing, I was right here reporting (In real time) when Curiosity landed (safely) at Bradbury Point. I am a little miffed that, well, that the cancer and the campaign have so distracted me.

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Nevertheless, Curiosity has finally made it to the base of Mount Sharp and I have several images, already, to share. Hang on, I was just reviewing last week’s edition of ‘The Mars Report’ and it seems that… yes… still checking… YES! I have a whole folder (not of “women”… I am not Mitt Romney… folders full of woman? Who will ever forget that line?) Anywho, I DO have a folder just chocked full of some pretty spectacular images from Mars. However, I have a few from Curiosity’s arrival at Mount Sharp and I want to try and incorporate those with the images I have in the folder.

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Now, if this just gets too big, and I find myself in a great deal of pain. Then I will just share the images of curiosity’s arrival at Mount Sharp and save these other images form another day. They are spectacular. Here, take a look at what I found digging around NASA/JPL the other day…

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(Image Courtesy of NASA/JPL Web Site[1])

Mars Volcanic Cone with Hydrothermal Deposits

Mars Volcanic Cone with Hydrothermal Deposits

(Mars Volcanic Cone with Hydrothermal Deposits[2])

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Now, that is a 3D rendered/Composite image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Now, this is one of the most amazing images (I think) I have ever shared here on ‘The Mars Report’. This image is a false color derived from infrared waveband observations of the volcano by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM). The false color infrared imaginary is then overlaid on to a stereoscopic image taken by stereo pair of Context Camera images. Topographic information (the 3D rendering part) is done with the images input into NASA Ames Stereo Pipeline software. And BINGO you have the amazing and incredible image you see above.

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You see, My Dear Readers, I was just stumbling around the NASA and JPL web sites and I found this whole area with the most spectacular images. They are not just RAW images, nor are they the semi-processed images for the press, what I usually share with you here on ‘The Mars Report’. These images… well, you see one ^ above, they are just of a whole other level of refinement. If one were to make a coffee table illustrated book of ‘Images From Mars’ THIS is the level of images one would use.

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So, while I was writing all that, and looking at all these images I have to share. I made a decision, My Dear Readers. Rather than just dump all these incredible images into one edition of ‘The Mars Report’? Here is what I am going to do. Over the next several weeks, each and every week, I am going to just drop one of these images into the content for that issue. This way, I make the best use of these images, I don’t blow the whole load at once, and you, My Dear Readers, get one incredible image from the Martian surface each and every week. Now, that I have found the outlet for these incredible images, I am going to stock up on these puppies. There are just hundreds of these fine quality images and 3D rendered images.

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I am going to download a whole bunch, and then let them out one-at-a-time. Yes, that sounds like the best idea… maybe one of the best ideas I’ve had in some time. Now, back to the images I have of Curiosity’s arrival at Mount Sharp. I wasn’t really aware… my mind really has been distracted by.. this cancer stuff… treatment… stopping treatment… rescheduling appointments… consulting with radiologists and all. That, last week, I already shared some of the images Curiosity took when it arrived at Mount Sharp. Below is the best image taken by Curiosity’s arrival at the base of Mount Sharp.

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Complete Composite Image From Curiosity at Base of Mount Sharp

Complete Composite Image From Curiosity at Base of Mount Sharp

(Composite Landscape Mount Sharp Upon Arrival)

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Many of us, myself included, sometimes forget that Curiosity’s first priority is science. Like today, here I am really wanting some landscape images, some long shots of the foothills, images that inspire and strike awe. Reality is that just as soon as Curiosity arrived at the base of Mount Sharp it began working. Working at drilling onto a part of the rock face of the base off the foothills of Mount Sharp. So, My Dear Readers, whereas I would really like to bring you all; landscapes, mosaics, long shots and picturesque images. What I have to share (aside from the cylindrical polar mosaic at the top of the article… a cylindrical mosaic at the bottom) are images of the drilling site and a close-up.

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First Sampling Hole in Mount Sharp

First Sampling Hole in Mount Sharp

(First Sampling Hole in Mount Sharp)

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Like I said, just as soon as Curiosity pulled up to the foothills they found a nice sandstone rock face and drill baby drill! (LOL) This is a close-up (near close-up) of the very first hole Curiosity has drilled upon arrival at Mount Sharp. The next image, is the same hole… only from the distance of the mastcam. You can see a lot ore of the rock face, but you still cannot see the surrounding terrain.

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Distant shot of First Hole in Mount Sharp

Distant shot of First Hole in Mount Sharp

(Distant shot of First Hole in Mount Sharp)

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Our next to the last image, for today, is… well, a little confusing. I am going to let you, My Dear Readers, experience this image much the same way that I did. I am not going to give you any explanation, I am just going to share it with you… and let your imagination take you for a little run around the block. Remember this image was taken on the Martian surface by the rover Curiosity. See you on the other side.

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OK, how many of you, My Dear Readers, are medical students… X-Ray technicians… of other medical/health care professionals? What do you see in this image? If you said “Broken femur bones” you, My Dear Readers, would be correct… almost! This is not the broken bones of some extraterrestrial life form… Nope, these are just some unexplained rocks on the Martian surface. However, this image did have a lot of people… well, excited at NASA/JPL. At first. Gotcha!

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That brings us, My Dear Readers, to the conclusion of this week’s edition of ‘The Mars Report’. I hope that you have enjoyed reading and viewing this article as much as I have enjoyed preparing and sharing. I have just one more image for your viewing pleasure, today. This is a cylindrical mosaic of tire tracks of Curiosity somewhere in Gale Carter, prior to crossing over to Kimberly point. Check it out!

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Cylindrical Mosaic of Curiosity’s Tire Tracks

Cylindrical Mosaic of Curiosity’s Tire Tracks

(Cylindrical Mosaic of Curiosity’s Tire Tracks)

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That, My Dear Readers, is the final image for this week. I really do hope that you have enjoyed your stay, here today. If you have? I would like to ask you indulgence, for a moment. If you are not already aware, I was recently diagnoses with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer – Stage 4. I am willing, and able, to start… continue treatment (chemotherapy). However, in order for me to; get to an from treatment I need the help of my caregiver. He works two jobs, as well as helping take care of me. In order for him to help me get to chemo, radiation treatments, immune system booster shots, and all the rest.

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He must take off large amounts of time from work. That translates into us not having money for; rent, transportation, medications, and anything and everything that Medicare does not or will not cover (which is growing all the time). Therefore, I have started Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo[3]. The campaign has been ongoing for Forty-Two days. I have raised, only, $380.

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That is no where near enough money for me to return to treatment… to battle and beat this cancer. Therefore, I implore YOU, My Dear Readers, to reach out and lend me a helping hand. I do this with a great deal of hesitation and trepidation. It is not in my nature to ask for help or assistance. However, I simply must or I will leave myself open to the ravages of cancer.

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Please go to the web site, take a look, read, and then… Please, decide to donate. $5, $10, $20 or even $100 or $500. I can use whatever you have to give. Please?

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!

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Danny’s Cancer Treatment Fund @ Indiegogo

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