(via Serene Sunrise poster)
There’s something serene about a sunrise at sea on a calm day. Those cruisers who slept in on this particular morning missed out on a real treat as the day dawned over the ocean.
See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
- Ray Bradbury
[image via jmgayosos]
SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS
On October 3, 1985, she first roared off the launch pad at KSC, carrying five astronauts and two DOD satellites. Interestingly, the mission commander on her maiden flight, Karol J. Bobko, was the only astronaut to fly on three different shuttles - Challenger, Discovery, and Atlantis.
Earlier I was watching a Smithsonian documentary about the transporting of the space shuttle Discovery to its final resting place at the Smithsonian Institute.
You know, just casually watching it being flown on the back of this 747. And then…TEARS. BIG TEARS. Like ugly crying.
The space shuttle Discovery was in service for 27 years, from 1984 to 2011. It flew 39 missions, covering 149 million miles. Cumulatively, it spent over a year in space. It was the oldest shuttle still existing - the two that preceded it, Columbia and Challenger, were both lost in in-flight disasters. Discovery flew all the “return to flight” missions following downtime after each of those disasters.
Discovery bore the Hubble into the heavens. It helped construct the International Space Station. It carried John Glenn back into space. And through all that time, it brought all its crews home safely. When the Smithsonian decided to add a shuttle to their collection, they knew they wanted Discovery.
Space shuttles can’t actually fly. They aren’t aircraft, they’re spacecraft. They don’t have any functional sub-orbital propulsion systems. They are launched into orbit via rocket, and return to Earth as a glider. So to get it to its final home, this 747 was custom-made to carry it to Washington, D.C.
I saw it being carried through the sky, and all I could think was it’s okay, Discovery. You did so well. And you’re going to keep doing well. You’ll be somewhere special where you’ll be taken good care of. Kids will come visit you and stare in amazement at you…and maybe one of them will design or fly our next venture into space. You did so much. You flew so far and so long. So just relax for this last trip and let us do the work for once. We got you.
And now I’m weepy again. I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THE SPACE PROGRAM OKAY.
Space shuttle cutaway
(via Space Shuttle Names, Part I: Columbia and Challenger)
NASA named the space shuttle Columbia in honor of the Columbia Rediviva, a sailing ship. Under the command of John Kendrick, she was the first ever American vessel to circumnavigate the globe - way back in 1790!
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Celery - health benefits :
1. Preserve brain health: Celery contains a compound called L-3-N-Butylphthalide. A recent study showed that this compound may prevent the accumulation of the brain plaques and tangles that cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
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