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martian tartan

Did you know that Mars has its own tartan? It does–it’s the rather handsome pattern of (Mars) red and (water of life) blue, with four green lines (for being the fourth planet from the Sun), and a white line (for … Continue reading

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to the mountain lake, and on to the stars: following the trail of the matchbox label

OK. There’s this matchbox label.  It’s well designed, and there’s kind of an interesting font, and there’s something oddly mysterious about it.  It seems to celebrate an altitude–there’s something important somewhere that is 1761 meters above sea level. (That’s 1.094 … Continue reading

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internet sunday- hero mode

Two awesome, and contrasting, images of a human being in full on Hero Mode.   From the different assortment of medals and orders and what looks like a slight difference in his age, these are probably proof that a hero’s … Continue reading

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a selfie from mars

Planetokhody (planet walkers, the Russian word for rover spacecraft) are among our favorite subjects, and I couldn’t resist this self portrait of the US Mars rover Curiosity,  stitched together from official photographs by fan Kevin Gill. Read the whole story … Continue reading

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paperwork to the moon!

Buzz Aldrin is one of our favorite people around here.  The second man on the Moon has always been an opinionated son of a gun with a dry sense of humor and an appreciation for all of life’s little ironies.  … Continue reading

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a hulk ku for new horizons

I continue to pursue the poetic form of the Hulk Ku, which is are haikus told in the voice of the Incredible Hulk.  My inner Hulk shares my interests and those of many eager watchers this afternoon. PLUTO SHIP SEND … Continue reading

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internet sunday: the language of seaweed

Our more or less weekly look at a single image from somewhere in the great gallery we call the internet … NASA’s Goddard Space Center offers this beautiful satellite photograph of seaweed being farmed in the coastal waters off South … Continue reading

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great lunokhod swag

For your delectation, here’s a way cool vintage Soviet space pin depicting our beloved mascot, the Lunokhod “Moonwalker”  rover.  This one dates from the Lunokhod 1 mission of  1970. I’m posting this before I go to ebay and find out … Continue reading

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the accidental renaissance

Everything old is new again and some people who are wise and observant and love art have been finding interesting (and probably really not so accidental parallels) between some excellent modern photographs and Old Master paintings.   If you want … Continue reading

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auto show notebook

It was a close call; we had to wait until the last possible day, but yes, we made it to the Chicago Auto Show this year.  You’ll have to wait a bit to see a few selections from the more … Continue reading

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