June 22, 2008

Space pics.

Beautiful! (Via The Corner.)

Not everything is falling apart.

11 comments:

Kev said...

(the other kev)

Sweet. I have a fistful of new desktops now.

Thanks to texasjim for posting the pics and Ann for linking.

Paddy O. said...

Gorgeous.

Goes to show, it's all about perspective.

Bissage said...

Very nice snaps but I was hoping for some fisheye.

peter hoh said...

I just got done teaching about the space station. I always hold up a 12 inch globe and ask the kids to guess, according to the scale of the globe, how far above the surface the space station orbits.

The answer: 5/16ths of an inch. That's about the diameter of a standard pencil.

Douglas said...

STS-118, August 8-21, 2007. Last flight of SpaceHab, and last flight I worked in the mission control center. And that was Dean, who forced an early landing as those of us in Houston started crapping our pants when we saw that last picture.

bearbee said...

Nice pix. How we take so much for granted.
Canadarm

losergrrl said...

How much money has been wasted on this nonsense?

Do we really need spacemen up there playing Hitchhiker's Guide, when robots could do the science and exploration at a proven fraction of the cost? The technology on display is as antique as a Dr Who set and not nearly so amusing.

Do the world's space agencies think anyone is impressed any longer by the acting-out of 1930's fantasies?

Or should we be spending money wisely on projects that will answer genuine scientific questions?

Palladian said...

"How much money has been wasted on this nonsense?"

No wonder your name is losergrrl.

Methadras said...

losergrrl said...

How much money has been wasted on this nonsense?


Nonsense? How do you expect man to gain a foothold to move up the rungs of bettering himself unless steps like these are taken. They will have to be done sooner or later and since the space race basically started in the 30's and 40's this is a natural evolution towards that goal. Your question is one of the reasons why women are generally looked down upon when it concerns matters of science and engineering. Your question displays an ignorance on your part that lacks a real understanding of mans need to be better than the day before. Maybe you have a better idea of how to make this happen.

I'm all eyes.

Stephen said...

In the second picture if I squint I think I can see my house. That's pretty neat.

Paul Zrimsek said...

You've got a good eye, Stephen. I can't even see Christchurch, though I can see where it ought to be.