NASA Discovers a Dinosaur Footprint ... but Not on Mars

By Robinson Meyer

A list of things NASA has at its Goddard Space Flight Center which are awesome and which you are unlikely to have:

1. Mission control for the Hubble Space Telescope and, in fact, for all unmanned earth orbit missions.

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2. This guy, wearing a bolo tie.

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3. A dinosaur footprint. Dinosaur hunter Ray Stanford (pictured above, in bolo tie) discovered the creatceous footprint on Goddard Center's Maryland campus and unveiled the results to the media yesterday. The print is believed to have been made by a plant-eating Nodosaur (pictured below, not life-size), and measures 30cm across.

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In its promotional release of the photos below, NASA, ever the puckish rogue, comments:

About 110 million light years away, the bright, barred spiral galaxy NGC3259 was just forming stars in dark bands of dust and gas. On Earth, a plant-eating dinosaur left footprints in the Cretaceous mud of what would later become the grounds of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

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All images courtesy of NASA, which provides more information at their website.

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