My first pick from a large donation of random science fiction images (courtesy of Etherbrian) — love the set, and the costumes are pretty, uh… interstellar. From the movie Star Crash, circa 1978.
Archives for November 2010
Part two of my NASA Etsy contest feature, this first image is a needle-felted rendition of Hubble Servicing Mission 4, EVA 4 by the highly talented FlyingJenny. Beautiful work!
This is a needle felted rendition of a scene from the Hubble Servicing Mission 4, which took place in May of 2009. Specifically this wool sculpture shows the fourth Extra Vehicular Activity, or spacewalk, of that mission. This spacewalk was conducted by astronauts Mike Massimino (the first astronaut to send a tweet from space, also known as @Astro_Mike) and Mike Good, whose nickname is Bueno. One of the memorable moments of this EVA was when one of Hubble’s handrails was in the way and they were unable to remove it. After much deliberation and testing on the ground, Mike Massimino was given the okay to forcibly break off the handrail- as people all over the world watched with great interest.
Next up, an unusual (but AWESOME) decoupage necklace:
Wear your deep pride for the first walk on the moon (and Apollo space missions!) with this, “The stars my destination” decoupaged necklace…Postage and vintage dictionary paper were applied by me, and my fingers, onto vintage watch crystals, and a few watch parts (disguised as satellites) are also part of this delicious fest of aqua and pearls and moon beams…reach for the sky, cowboy!
Finally, slightly more subtle, a lovely starry side-table:
What I love about this table is that, once you locate the North Star and press it, a secret drawer is revealed:
The circular brass inlay represents the stars in the night sky on the evening of the first moon landing, and identifying the “North Star” is the key to opening the hidden drawer.
Don’t forget to vote today in the NASA Etsy contest!
More amazing space crafts are up for voting in the NASA Etsy craft contest — I’m featuring several over the next two days because there’s some amazing stuff to see! The first two photos are of an amazing high-texture embroidery of the Moon. It’s really worth looking at the rest of the images on the listing, to get a feel for the range of texture and stitches involved!
Next, a fantastic moon crater ring! I’ve tagged this “for men” because it’s a size 11.5. If you’re a woman and you can wear it, by all means! (And wow, you have bigger fingers than me… and I have big hands!)
Last but not least, two of my favorite things combine in a beautiful art piece, a raku-fired ceramic lunar crater:
Vote today for these and many other amazing things, as part of the NASA Etsy contest!
Another beautiful astro-photo by Terry Hancock — I’m a sucker for the Horsehead Nebula.
Here is The Horsehead (Barnard 33) Flame (NGC 2024) and IC434 nebulae using the Canon 5D Mark II. Shot from my backyard observatory in Fremont Michigan over 4 nights. This image consists of 24 x 20 minute sub exposures (8 hours) at 400ISO.
Great job, Terry!
I’ve had gemstones on the brain today (more so than normal, I mean), after reading about the $45.6M sale of this Fancy Intense Pink diamond at Sotheby’s on Tuesday (if you like sparkly things, watch the video. SPARK. LY. THINGS.) Annnnnyway, I keep going back to Etsy to visit this stunning planetary ring, so I might as well post it so I can continue to admire it long after it sells. Really, it merits going to the listing and looking through all the photos, as every angle has lovely and interesting detail.
This ring is the penultimate in the evolution of a ten year design process. In order to achieve a “Celestial” look, I must make this ring the hard way. Each dot or “star” is actually a small hole bored through the Ti ring itself and then riveted with Fine Silver. Silver, being the whitest of all metals, is a great stand-in for stars as well as the perfect contrast to the gunmetal gray of Titanium. The Yellow Diamond Sun and the White Diamond Moon are each set into metals of opposing colors to reflect the yin/yang nature of the universe as I see it. The planets are each represented by historically corresponding metals; 14K Pink Gold stands for the planets of Mercury and Mars; Fine Silver stands for Venus and Jupiter, and 18K yellow Gold represents Saturn. This ring is the best example, to date, of what I have been striving for, a subdued astronomical look of many small and even smaller dots punctuated by different metals as planets in a sea of stars.
Kudos to Patrick Burt for his stunning creation!