Posts Tagged ‘space’

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Where am I traveling?

July 12, 2017

 

What a terrific project. I know intellectually that we are traveling all the way around the sun every year.  I am still stunned when I visualize the actual process – of being 93 million miles away from the sun on a trip that annually covers 584 million miles at a speed of about 67,000 miles per hour.

Thanks Daily Timewaster.

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Where am I traveling?

February 6, 2017

 

I am packed – let’s go.

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Where am I living?

December 14, 2016

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A Martian “Show Home” was on display at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich on November 15.  The home was designed by National Geographic and shows what Martian habitation might look like.  We were in London in November, but missed this exhibit by a few days.  Oh well, we can just look forward to the real thing in 2037.

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Where am I Living – the Archives

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Who did we say goodbye to today?

September 30, 2016

 

This morning, Sept. 30, 2016, just after 10:39 UTC (6:39 a.m. EDT) ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft ended its mission with an impact onto the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The descent, begun with a final burn of its thrusters about 14 hours earlier, was slow, stately, and deliberate, but even at a relative walking pace Rosetta was not designed to be a lander like its parter Philae and thus ceased operation upon contact with the comet.

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Rosetta will now remain on the surface of 67P not far from the location of Philae, which landed in November 2014 and was just recently identified in an OSIRIS image after nearly two years of speculation about its final landing place.

All in all, an amazing job by Rosetta, Philae, ESA, and all of  the flight, instrument, and science teams that made the mission an incredible success.  Thanks to their hard work and dedication over the years we now know more about our Solar System and comets especially than we ever did before, and the data Rosetta and Philae have provided us will be used for decades to come.

Rest well, little travelers.

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What do I think is pretty cool?

September 22, 2015

 

It’s Tuesday.  Here is an unrelated, but amusing, tattoo.

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Why am I looking for Zefram Cochrane on tattoo Tuesday?

January 13, 2015

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Shades of Star Trek First Contact, an Omaha man is fiddling around in his garage working on warp fields.  This story from Dave Reneke.

David Pares is maybe not how you’d imagine a scientist trying to prove the existence of warp fields (and then harness them), but he is the one who seems to be trying the hardest. Its science fiction finally coming true.

Armed with all the money and free time he possesses, Pares has been tirelessly exploring what some people have dismissed as a pointless endeavor. But a lack of funding or scientific support won’t stop him. While NASA’s Harold “Sonny” White is exploring warp bubbles in a more theoretical way, Pares is taking a more hands-on approach.

warp5Dave Pares and his workshop/laboratory

He’s toiling over a Faraday cage and constructing a V-shaped device made up of three panels with fractal arrays that he believes can compress the very fabric of space. Pares does so at the headquarters for Space Warp Dynamics, aka his garage.

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Pares contends that warp bubbles occur naturally all of the time right here on earth.  Through his work he is attempted to test that theory.

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That’s how the Wright Brothers did it.

And the tattoo, because it is Tuesday.

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What super weapon am I knitting?

September 10, 2014

 

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If you are still stuck on Star Wars, you can crochet yourself this wonderful Death Star throw pillow (28 inches in diameter).  The pattern for the pillow – this one was created in acrylic yarn so you can wash your death star without worrying about shrinkage – is at ravelry.com.

Thanks to Katie for the link.

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Also available as a LEGO kit from Amazon for $1,986.49 plus shipping (not eligible for Prime)

 

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Diagram reference Wookiepedia

More fun stuff:

death-star-lollipops-1Death Star Lollipops

death_star_tea_infuserTea Infuser

Death-Star-Ice-Sphere-TrayIce Cube Mold