“If we die, we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.”
-Gus Grissom, who perished in the Apollo 1 fire.
Every once in a while, I try to look past the amazing accomplishments humanity has made in space. And here’s a great little piece by Leo Kottke for you to listen to,
Pedro is also the subject of, in my opinion, the most wonderful picture of a human being in space.
Of course, you can click for the ultra-hi-res version of this picture, but can you tell what’s going on here? Water drops in space, of course, become perfectly spherical — a plenisphere, even — in a completely zero-gravity environment. And perfect spheres have beautiful optical properties. Let’s zoom in and take a closer look.
At the distance of the camera, it inverts the image and distorts it ever so slightly, but puts it pretty much in perfect focus. It’s a beautiful combination of engineering, optics, and physics all at once, and this image captures it in a beautiful way for me.
Hope your weekend is full of things just as beautiful to you, and I’ll see you all next week!