NASA’s official night launches might be over, but you can recreate them with one of the remaining NASA Space Shuttles (roughly $28 million). Space Shuttle Discovery has already been sold, but Atlantis and Endeavour are both still available, representing not only a verified piece of human history but billions of dollars worth of government funded R&D. Plus, you know, it’s actually been to space, not unlike a gigantic moon rock that you’ll need more than just a little shelf space to display. [PRICE TAG: 28$ million]
When space shuttle Atlantis blasts off on the final flight to Hubble, the astronauts will be carrying 180 special tools, and 116 of them were designed just for this mission, which involves tricky repairs to two science instruments that were never intended to be fixed in space.
1. (left) The EVA pistol grip tool is a high-torque, low-speed, microprocessor-controlled power tool used by spacewalking astronauts. It greatly reduces hand fatigue while astronauts work in pressurized spacesuits and helps reduce the amount of time it takes to loosen and tighten fasteners. (right) The washer extraction tool is used by spacewalking astronauts to secure washers that would otherwise float away in space.
2. This is a high-speed, low-torque power tool designed to help astronauts quickly remove the large number of screws during the repair tasks.
3. The EVA mini-workstation mounts to the front chest of an astronaut’s spacesuit and holds equipment needed during spacewalks
Magnificent view of the Sun from a Swedish 1 meter telescope
Weekend time and supposedly time for rest, but i think i will need to work the weekend or at least 8 hours. But i wanted you to marvel in time and space so here are some photos on our sun taken from space with a swedish telescope. See all the images big
Sun With Mercury
Sun and a big Sunstorm
Solarstorm photographed from space
The greatest nature disasters that happens on this earth can be safely followed from space. This breath taking photos taken from space onboard the International Space Station and it’s easy to forget the devastation that the hurricanes and storms leave behind them when you see them from there beautiful side.
This image feels like something from the movie “The Day after Tomorrow” this is the Eye of the Storm, where the cold pressured air is drawn down against the surface of the earth, it’s magnificent natures own theatrical play.
These small creatures has 8 legs and yeah where do i start… The facts list is long and quite astonishing i can start by telling you that the larvas are 0.05 mm when they hatch. An adult Tardigrade can be up to 1.5mm long and when you find these bastards they are often more than 25 000 animals to a liter. And you can find them everywhere, and thats not exaggerated. You can find them close the polar ice caps, in the middle of the dessert and well under a rock outside your house.
They can survive without water for over a decade, live in extreme temperatures (close to absolute zero and up to 151° Celsius). You can find them 4000 meters under water and on the mountain top of Mt everest 8000 meters up in the air… And now for the first time in human history, scientists have done experiments in pure vacuum of space
… and yes the Water Bears can survive there too and withstand 1000x the radiation that is on earth. So if you are like me and thought that the cockroach where the spices to take over the planet, WRONG!!! we are due to be eaten by giant Water Bears in a distant future… thats most certainly the truth!
The thing with pin-ups started in the early WWI and the designer Alberto Vargas was inspiration and made lots of them during that time. And know it’s in the 21th century and soon in space when Virgin galactic kicks of their space flights.
Well its for sure that i need a better working space, right now I’m writing from the kitchen window, a fantabiulous place, but i need more space, and a better chair. But as long as your working area is clean it’s scientifically proved that it increases your productivity and creativity. Well now I’m of for lunch and a pice of clean air. Photo by Siebe Warmoeskerken