These awesome stamps from Fujeira focus exclusively on Apollo 16, as seen through television stills. I really like the look, it’s very unique.
Archives for December 2008
I loved origami as a kid (and occasionally as an adult, when I feel like getting frustrated lol), and found these two via Google:
The second one does involve glue; some folders-of-paper prefer to avoid modifications beyond folding, so I thought I’d give you fair warning.
Here’s some books and kits and things, as well, for your space origami-folding pleasure.
I saw this adorable plush here. Still no sign of him on the Hallmark website, but maybe your local Hallmark store has one? (Mine sure didn’t, and not the NASA ornament, neither.)
This amazing false-color mosaic highlights the Cygnus trio of nebulae:
In this colorful mosaic, filaments of gas and dust span some 9 degrees across central Cygnus, a nebula rich constellation along the northern Milky Way. A trio of nebulae with popular names highlights the beautiful skyscape – the Butterfly, the Crescent, and the Tulip. At left, the Butterfly Nebula (IC 1318), lies near bright star Gamma Cygni. The Butterfly’s expansive, glowing, wing-shaped gas clouds are divided by a dark dust lane. Near center, the Crescent Nebula (NGC 6888) is more compact, a cosmic bubble with a bright edge blown by winds from a massive Wolf-Rayet star. On the right is the Tulip Nebula (Sh2-101), a small emission region shaped like a blossoming flower viewed from the side. All are within a few thousand light-years of the Sun in the Orion spiral arm of our galaxy. The gorgeous mosaic is presented in false color, constructed from image data recorded through narrow band filters. The range of colors was created by a mapping of emission from hydrogen, sulfur and oxygen atoms in the nebula to red, green, and blue hues.
Forty years ago, Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, Jr. and William A. Anders spent their Christmas witnessing the first Earthrise, and sent a televised broadcast back to Earth with the following message:
“We are now approaching lunar sunrise and, for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
“And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas â€“ and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth.”
A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!