It’s just a little over a week until NASA’s New Horizons space probe makes its closet approach to dwarf planet Pluto. The fun begins in earnest in the weeks following the flyby, when the data collected by the probe reaches Earth.
The landscape photography of New York City based graphic designer Victoria Siemer fractures elements of the original image back upon itself, and the results, among other thoughts I have in response, remind me of some scenes from Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception.
I know I’ve said it before, but it strikes me that an omnipresent stillness, quiet even, shrouds much of North Korea, each time I look at photos of the country. Having never been, I obviously have no idea what it’s really like though.
The story behind the photos are sometimes just as amazing as well… this picture of a long-finned eel, taken in a pond at Sydney’s Botanical Gardens, is a case in point.
Born just off the coast of New Caledonia, this eel would have made the 2,000km journey to the east coast of Australia and, one wet night, climbed out of Sydney Harbour and slithered across the grass and into this freshwater pond, where it will live for up to 30 years. Eventually, the urge to breed will take it back across the south Pacific Ocean.
The Soviet Union, and then later the Russian Federation, aspired to a space shuttle programme, but only one craft, of a number that were built, ever went into Earth orbit, in 1988, an un-crewed flight at that. The Buran programme, as it was known, was eventually suspended in 1993.
While some of the vessels, or what was constructed of them, before the programme was terminated, can be found in various locations in Russia, this collection of photos by Ralph Mirebs, is about all that now remains of the Buran programme.
It’s unfortunate that more didn’t come of the project, considering the resources that had been expended into it.
Is this photo collection, by Paris based photographer Julien Mauve, indicative of the sort of snaps we ourselves may take, if Mars ever becomes a – and so much for one way trips there – tourist destination?