Posts Tagged ‘space’

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Sunday Funny

December 2, 2018

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Wonder Wednesday

November 28, 2018

An amazing time-lapse video of a rocket launch as viewed from the International Space Station…

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Wonder Wednesday

October 3, 2018

Ah!  Check out this old map of the Ontario Science Centre.  I remember it well!  Many great memories of visiting and all the exhibits within… Lasers!  The giant And/Or logic circuit gate ball drop!  The miniature lift locks!  Shadow freezing!  Parabolic disk whispering!  And one of my ever-favs, this amazing 2-story contraption that required four people on bicycles to pump water to the top through a series of pipes that could then be released down more transparent pipes to run turbines that would power lights, fans, and a model train.  Great stuff, and a great axonometric map that shows it all.

Hilarious story:  In earlier versions, the map didn’t include the word “Exploring” before the word “Space”, and so for many years I never visited that tower, as my young mind translated that to “Empty Space”, like it must be some sort of strange store room ready for future expansion or something…  ah, silly me.  Especially given how much I loves me my space program and the wonders of outer space!

Bonus postscript:  The OSC building itself is quite nifty, a brutalist gem nestled within a lush forest heading down a steep incline.  The double bridge leading from the reception building to the tower building was amazingly serene and a nice transition from the everyday world behind that built excitement.  Traveling down the massive escalators to the valley building meant passing seemingly hundreds of trees.  The grand hall was indeed grand, and the towers suitably impressive areas for exhibits.  The mezzanines looking down on exhibits below let the eyes wander from wonder to wonder.  Visiting the building was as exciting for me as was what was in it.

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Wonder Wednesday

April 11, 2018

Aurora aurora burning bright…

sorry no real poem here,

you’re just a jaw dropping incredible sight

taking our breath away

across the inky blackness of night

photo of the “Dragon Aurora” by Marco Bastoni

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Wonder Wednesday

February 7, 2018

How could it not be about the Falcon Heavy?  Especially when this shot is so insanely wicked:

And this one is so darn pretty:

And these ones are equally epic:

And, of course, a bit of cruising music as you head out into the stars…

Truth be told, I’m still pretty giddy about that launch.  One amazing experience to witness live. (via livestream…)

(first photo by Brady Kenniston, the rest by SpaceX)

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Falcon Heavy: GO! GO! GO!

February 6, 2018

F-yeah!  I am jumping up and down here at work, an amazing liftoff, amazing flawless booster sep, beautiful twin booster landing!  And most importantly, the payload is on its way, a successful insertion!  This is a momentous day.  Congrats Space-X, this is awesome.

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Wonder Wednesday

September 20, 2017

These Tintin books were two of my favourite bandes dessinees growing up!