I never get sick of posting McCall. This one features Ed White, performing NASA’s first space walk in 1965 (via x-ray delta one.)
A beautifully-detailed work by Norman Rockwell, a snapshot of the crew preparations before the first Gemini mission. Rockwell is a master of capturing the “moment”, in my opinion – those little spaces of time that happen in the course of greater things. He paints people being… people. Even astronauts are people.
Astronauts John Young and Gus Grissom are suited for the first flight of the Gemini program in March 1965. NASA loaned Norman Rockwell a Gemini spacesuit in order to make this painting as accurate as possible.
This work is on display at the National Air and Space Museum’s Mall building from May 28 to Oct. 9, 2011, as part of the NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration exhibition.
I found this at the Early Space Exploration exhibit at Kennedy Space Center yesterday — a tin-type battery-powered toy from 1966. Fun stuff!
I chose this picture because
it is pretty I am blogging to you… from orbit. Or, well, my body is here on the ground; my head is in orbit, for sure. I found out Wednesday that I was picked for NASA’s STS-133 Launch Tweetup, and it is neither punny nor exaggerating to say that I am over the Moon about it. Deliriously happy. Giddy, and excited, and overwhelmed with gratitude to NASA for this opportunity! I will definitely be talking about this more, closer to launch, and I will certainly be tweeting (and blogging) from Florida, come October 30th!
NASA has posted a collection of historical photos on Flickr, all copyright-free — this is just one of many cool images! It amazes me to see these launch photos where it looks like the rocket is static, hanging in mid-air. Gravity-defying! At first I typed “gravy” — gravy-defying as well!
Hat tip to the Planetary Society Blog for the info and link!
To make up for last week’s potentially-Mac-only icon post, here is To the Moon by Iconfactory (makers of truly awesome things), and is definitely available in both Mac and PC flavors. This set has excellent detail, and no matter what re-theming I may do to my desktop, there’s always a To the Moon icon that remains. I can’t help it. (Right now it’s the re-entry icon. Such lovely transparency….)