Thanks to the Project Apollo Archive, over 13000 photos of the various manned Apollo missions to the moon between the years of 1961 and 1972 have been uploaded online. The results are really incredible to browse through (the BBC has a collection of great ones).
The Planetary Society made the above video of the Apollo 11 mission, showing the journey to the moon and back. It’s a rather wonderful example of how impressive the missions actually were, especially at that time. Nowadays, we can land probes on a comet and take phenomenal photos of Pluto, but that technology was not available 50 years ago.
I love seeing images like this, as they really excite the imagination, and show us how far we have come with technology. Onwards!
Posted in Science, Photography
Tagged Moon, BBC, photography, NASA, comet, technology, Pluto, mission, photographs, Earthrise, probe, missions, The Planetary Society, Project Apollo Archive
Felix Hagan & The Family – Go Back Home.
Upbeat, fun, interesting, and great to dance to. I love it!
Should I work for free? A simple question, answered by this great flow chart by Jessica Hische. Start in the middle, and work yourself to the logical conclusion. Or, if you don’t have time, just think that in the majority of cases, NO, you should not work for free. Unless it’s for your mum. Then yes, do that thing she asks you to do, for free. Onwards!
This speech by Obama is heartbreaking, infuriating, and excellent. You can really tell how angry and infuriated he is at the current state of gun violence and gun laws in the US, and how powerless he is to change it quickly. Living in the UK, I find the USA’s fascination with guns and gun violence, and their lack of rigorous gun laws, bonkers. Obama hits the nail on the head when he mentions how mass shootings have become “routine”. People are becoming numb to the violence. But why do people want firearms? Over at The Guardian, Dean Burnett writes about the psychology of why people want firearms. Protection, recreation, paranoia, insecurity, anger, social and cultural pressures, and many other factors all contribute to the wanting of guns.
It’s a messed up world we live in. Hopefully things can change for the better, and soon. Onwards.
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Tagged Dean Burnett, firearm, gun, gun violence, guns, law, mass shooting, Obama, Oregon, President Obama, psychology, routine, shooting, speech, The Guardian, UK, US, USA
Felix Hagan – Songs In The Dark.
Beautiful song by Felix Hagan. I’ve only just discovered this band thanks to Frank Turner, but I’m glad I have. Definitely my type of music.
“Step again into the shoes of Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster slayer, this time hired to defeat a ruthless bandit captain, Olgierd von Everec. This expansion to “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” packs over 10 hours of new adventures, introducing new characters, powerful monsters, unique romance and a brand new storyline shaped by your choices.” (YouTube)
Intriguing and fantastic trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s first expansion, Hearts of Stone. I have yet to play the main game, but I love a good trailer. It teases you enough to leave you wanting to know more, which is precisely what a trailer should do.
Do you want my help? Onwards!
“This stunning panorama in southern skies was recorded on the colourful night of September 27/28 from Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory. A diffuse glow and dark rifts of the central Milky Way hang over domes of the twin 6.5 meter Magellan telescopes. But most eye-catching is the deep red glow of the Moon. Immersed in Earth’s shadow during the much anticipated perigee-total-lunar eclipse, the Moon’s surface reflects the light of sunsets and sunrises scattered and refracted into the planet’s cone-shaped umbra. Along with the dramatic hue of the eclipsed Moon, other colours of that night captured by the sensitive digital camera include the red and green shades of atmospheric airglow. Viewers can also spot the Andromeda Galaxy below the Moon, seen as a tiny smudge through the reddish airglow and lights along the horizon. The Magellanic Clouds, satellite galaxies of the Milky Way, join in at the far left of the full panorama frame.” (APOD)
Another superlative photograph of the supermoon lunar eclipse, by Yuri Beletsky. As well as showing the eclipse, this one also features a stunning night sky and the Milky Way galaxy sprawling across it. Beautiful image. Onwards!
Posted in Photography, Science
Tagged APOD, Astronomy Picture of the Day, Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, eclipse, galaxy, lunar eclipse, Magellan Telescopes, Magellanic Clouds, Milky Way, photography, supermoon, Yuri Beletsky