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Freefall Into/Blast Out Of . . . The Clouds

Not all that much to talk about today, dudes.

Not when you’ve got such an amazing photo to showcase.

A skydiver freefalling towards Earth managed to photograph a rocket blasting its way towards space. The Delta II rocket, carrying a satellite into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc in California, USA, was snapped by Staff Sgt. Eric Thompson while he was plummeting towards Earth. He perfectly captured the silhouette of a falling instructor and pupil with the rocket blasting off into space behind them in the distance. Staff Sgt. Thompson was the instructor with the 532nd Training Squadron based out of Vandenberg. Picture: Caters
A skydiver freefalling towards Earth managed to photograph a rocket blasting its way towards space. The Delta II rocket, carrying a satellite into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc in California, USA, was snapped by Staff Sgt. Eric Thompson while he was plummeting towards Earth. He perfectly captured the silhouette of a falling instructor and pupil with the rocket blasting off into space behind them in the distance. Staff Sgt. Thompson was the instructor with the 532nd Training Squadron based out of Vandenberg.
Picture: Caters

 

How cool is this?

Very, very cool.

Some skydivers were headed down to the deck and, just as they were going down, a rocket was blasting off, through the clouds and headed into space.

It’s definitely a moment of wonder and beauty.

Thanks, Staff Sargeant Eric Thompson.

You made our day.

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Astronomy Photographer Contest

by Richard

It should come as no surprise to any dude who’s been reading this blog for more than a week, that I’ve got a serious love on for, not only outer space, but those jaw-dropping pictures of same.

Which is why I’m so excited about something I stumbled on a couple of days ago.

It’s the third annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition from the Telegraph, a newspaper in Great Britain. Sure it’s great that there’s an eclectic mix of professionals and your bog-standard backyard sky snapper, but the really cool thing is the newspaper has an entire gallery of the best of the snaps displayed on its website. Now, that’s what I’m talking about.

So, take that.

The aurora over Norway.

 

 

And that.

The Elephant-Trunk Nebula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, these are some amazing pictures. Definitely go over to the website and give it a look. Maybe even give it a vote, yeah?

 

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Think It Through

by Richard

We live in an information-rich age.

Say you’re watching television and some dude appears on the screen. He looks familiar, but you can’t place him. We’ve become trained to figure out who it is.

You don’t have to wrack your brain, hoping the answer will fall out of the sky (or, in this case, your brain) for you. You can hop on the internet and start combing various sites that are specifically set up to answer that very question.

And it works. Which only reinforces our tendency to start asking questions to find stuff out as soon as the question occurs to us.

That’s good and bad.

It’s good because it shows and reinforces our curiosity about the world around us. It’s also bad because incessantly asking questions can really get on someone’s last nerve. Just ask the parents of any four-year-old little dudette. Around that age, the word why becomes a curse word.

So here’s my solution. Give it a few minutes.

Seriously, just wait a bit, gather your wits (such that remain yours and haven’t leached to the cloud) and cogitate.

If you open a drawer and don’t find the scissors, wait a bit. Don’t automatically ask your partner where the scissors are. Think for yourself.

Apply that to everything and you might find your brain actually responding and helping you out with real knowledge, rather than with a new search string to try.

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