Archive for the ‘Space’ Category

The right stuff

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Neil Armstrong 1969

In a world where the word ‘hero’ has become devalued we need look no further than a man who accomplished so much and remained so modest.

Inspiration to millions and to me.

“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.” Statement from the family of Neil Armstrong

Immigration papers

Monday, October 10th, 2011

I’ve been enjoying, for quite some time, the exquisite Retronaut.  All manner of obscure and wonderful visual ephemera grace its pages and it’s updated with satisfying frequency (unlike my organ of late). Today was a bit special – the ‘immigration’ form completed by the Apollo 11 team when they entered the US in 1969 after their little trip away. Self explanatory, wondrous and surreal all at the same time.

1981-2011

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

I can’t help feeling that things will never be the same again with the ending of the shuttle program. The era of big US publicly funded space projects is over and the modernist imagery which can trace its lineage back to the Third Reich will be supplanted by corporate logos, lean pared down ground support operations and a wholly more functionalist approach to space. It’s the privatisation culture finally going cosmic. Testament I suppose to the success of the pioneers that space technology is now sufficiently reliable to be commoditised in this way.

Finally, a shot of Atlantis, post-landing and its virtual equivalent from Google Earth. I tracked this last mission for most of its journey these last days via the amazing real time telemetry stream that NASA supplied for Google Earth. FAB.

Fifty years in space

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

This has to be the nicest Google doodle I’ve seen.