Friday, December 28, 2012

Another Waste Of Tax Dollars

Your wasted tax dollars at work:

Caption: A photo from the APOD 2013 calendar, which was taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it orbited Jupiter a few years ago. That's Io in the foreground, a moon that is roughly the size of our own Moon and orbits at about the same distance.

Image credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA

The 2013 [Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD)] calendar is available for download in PDF format (1.6 Mb).

Designed for 8.5" x 11" paper (landscape orientation), the calendar is easily printable. For best printed results, print it double-sided in color on bright white light card stock or 24-lb paper with a spiral or comb (GBC) binding and punch a hole for hanging; many local printing shops (Staples, Kinkos, etc.) offer binding services. Containing some of the best APOD images of 2012, the calendar makes a great inexpensive holiday present!

Since the calendar is in PDF, it can be viewed on devices such as the Kindle and many ereaders.

The last page of the PDF appears upside-down; this is deliberate. When printed, this page serves as the back cover of the calendar and allows one to see thumbnails of all the images in the calendar in the correct orientation (in relation to the front cover).

APOD's 2013 calendar

The calendar is free, of course. No, I don't consider this wasted tax dollars. It's a fringe benefit of one of the best uses we put tax dollars to - advancing human knowledge and exploring our universe.

This is a waste of our tax dollars. We spend far more on that than we do on NASA, and all we get for it is more blown up countries.

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