Saturday, June 13, 2009

Binocs review from Universe Today

Tammy over at Universe Today has posted an update to her review of Celestron's UpClose 10X50 binoculars - now they're half the price and come with a green laser pointer and a red flashlight.
$29.95, y'all!

Go buy!

It's settled, then.

It shall launch on the anniversary of my birth.

Endeavour launch delayed; next opportunity, June 17th.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Song

I love Rufus Wainwright's version of this song, and the 8mm home videos someone put to it are comically similar to Ward home movies. (The home movies made before I was born, of course. All the fun stuff happened before I was born.)
I mean, I actually did a double-take on some of these scenes.

Kid hit by meteorite.

I've blogged about Meteorite v. Human in the past.

Now, once again, a poor unsuspecting human being has been attacked by a space pebble, which launched its vicious assault indiscriminately and without warning.

Hell yes, he survived.

His parents might have misspelled his first name, but I think we all know what they meant.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Happy birthday, Bruce McCandless!

McCandless was the first guy to try out the MMU in space.
The G-rated version of the phrase that springs to mind when I see this photo of him would be "nerves of steel."
I guess I've heard Space Oddity one too many times, because this photo makes my stomach turn.

Above: Bruce McCandless goes renegade after one rehydrated beef stew too many:
"You know what? FORGET IT! I'll get my own damn dinner!"