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CERES

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Ceres is seen from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on March 1, just a few days before the mission achieved orbit around the previously unexplored dwarf planet. The image was taken at a distance of about 30,000 miles (about 48,000 kilometers).

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000 kilometers) from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California received a signal from the spacecraft at 5:36 a.m. PST (8:36 a.m. EST) that Dawn was healthy and thrusting with its ion engine, the indicator Dawn had entered orbit as planned. “Since its discovery in 1801, Ceres was known as a planet, then an asteroid and later a dwarf planet,” said Marc Rayman, Dawn chief engineer and mission director at JPL. “Now, after a journey of 3.1 billion miles (4.9 billion kilometers) and 7.5 years, Dawn calls Ceres, home.” In addition to being the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet, Dawn also has the distinction of being the first mission to orbit two extraterrestrial targets. From 2011 to 2012, the spacecraft explored the giant asteroid Vesta, delivering new insights and thousands of images from that distant world. Ceres and Vesta are the two most massive residents of our solar system’s main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The most recent images received from the spacecraft, taken on March 1 show Ceres as a crescent, mostly in shadow because the spacecraft’s trajectory put it on a side of Ceres that faces away from the sun until mid-April. When Dawn emerges from Ceres’ dark side, it will deliver ever-sharper images as it spirals to lower orbits around the planet. “We feel exhilarated,” said Chris Russell, principal investigator of the Dawn mission at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). “We have much to do over the next year and a half, but we are now on station with ample reserves, and a robust plan to obtain our science objectives.” Dawn’s mission is managed by JPL for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Dawn is a project of the directorate’s Discovery Program, managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. UCLA is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. Orbital ATK Inc., in Dulles, Virginia, designed and built the spacecraft. The German Aerospace Center, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Italian Space Agency and Italian National Astrophysical Institute are international partners on the mission team. Ceres Big Follow Dawn’s progress and discoveries.

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NIGHT GALLERY

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In the last six months I’ve suffered from intense insomnia so I’m usually awake at 2:30 in the morning—which is when retro-minded local channel METV unspools episodes of Rod Serling’s ultra-dark anthology series, Night Gallery, a show I hadn’t seen since I was a child and at the time scared the living shit out of me. The opening theme used to terrify! If you haven’t clicked the youtube link above, do it. Right now. Man, that music? The images? Even the type design! Then again, I was a frail child. Anyway. There’s something really strange and fascinating about Night Gallery 40 years after the fact: the curator of The Gallery, Mr Serling, wrote a mere a handful of original and adapted scripts that are jaw-droppingly b-a-d. Which is fairly bizarre. Serling was arguably a true and passionate visionary in television, his Twilight Zone episodes still play surprisingly well. Yet a mere decade later his meager Night Gallery scripts are—at best—less than compelling and—at worst—head-scratchingly laughable. (In fairness: Night Gallery was at the end of Mr Serling’s career, and on camera he is visibly in poor health. But that doesn’t change the fact that the scripts he provided for the show truly sucked.) MOVING FORWARD. I wanted to include Night Gallery in this edition of HEXES because of the mega-creepy paintings in each episode by Tom Wright.

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JIM STARLIN

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YAH. See what I’m talking about?

The early to mid-seventies was a fabulous time for Marvel Comics. DEATHLOK, KILLRAVEN, HOWARD THE DUCK, TOMB OF DRACULA— it’s like the entire editorial department were all stoned! But my favorite was easily

JIM STARLIN’S WARLOCK

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“For I am the SAVIOR, The GODSLAYER, The DEMON,

The AVENGING HAND OF LIGHT…

ADAM WARLOCK!”

Um, yeah. This was not Spider-Man. This was trippy, strange, experimental—even existential. Adam Warlock had to commit suicide to prevent himself from becoming the arch-villain whom he would ultimately become thousands of years in the future. It was weird and strange and heartfelt, and beautifully drawn.

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Absolute Interruption

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On the morning of March 11, I lost more than three thousand words I had written for both Jim Starlin’s Warlock and the following segment, Porn. They were complex sentences hard-fought for complex ideas, and I find myself so dispirited by this loss that I just can’t return to the mental battlefield in an effort to recapture/rewrite them. I guess I’m just a big wimp. I’m sorry. But I’ve other shit to attend to, and I must move forward.

The remainder of this edition of HEXES will be purely visual. Apologies.

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MUSIC

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The Tides of Men’s Souls Belong to Me by ghoulnextdoor

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PORN

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WITCHCRAFT

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