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Of all the beautiful photos of Falcon 9 this week, this one is my favorite as the rocket seems to soar out of a model of NASA’s space shuttle. As far as budgets and continuity goes, brilliant propaganda.
via Los Angeles Times Framework
(credit: Craig Rubadoux / Florida Today caption:  Kennedy Space Center, Fla. — The Falcon 9 rocket streaks into the sky behind a model of NASA’s space shuttle, heading for a rendezvous with the International Space Station and opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.)
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Of all the beautiful photos of Falcon 9 this week, this one is my favorite as the rocket seems to soar out of a model of NASA’s space shuttle. As far as budgets and continuity goes, brilliant propaganda.

via Los Angeles Times Framework

(credit: Craig Rubadoux / Florida Today caption: Kennedy Space Center, Fla. — The Falcon 9 rocket streaks into the sky behind a model of NASA’s space shuttle, heading for a rendezvous with the International Space Station and opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.)

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Magnum photographer Alex Webb has some pretty cool photos of Treece, Kansas at The New York Times Magazine. Treece is now an abandoned town deemed toxic due to nearby mining industries. There’s a Chernobyl quality to Webb’s work: heavy and atmospheric. But one of my favorites is the bottom photo of a magazine left behind in a demolished building. “I’m pregnant but I’m virgin.” Sort of like the Reece, Kansas residents: getting screwed without the fun part.

via The New York Times Magazine

(credit: Alex Webb/ Magnum caption top photo: The last vacant house in an almost-empty town awaits demolition. caption bottom photo: The K.D.H.E. hired wrecking crews to demolish the last few buildings in town. Among other concerns, they feared meth dealers would set up labs in empty homes, which is what happened years earlier when Picher was abandoned.)

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A minor but noticeable goof on the part of Obama’s advance team…. 
via BBC Day in Pictures
(credit:Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP caption:  US President Barack Obama speaks on the economy following a tour of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s complex at the State University of New York.)
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A minor but noticeable goof on the part of Obama’s advance team….

via BBC Day in Pictures

(credit:Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP caption: US President Barack Obama speaks on the economy following a tour of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s complex at the State University of New York.)

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First came the billboards, then Andrew Sullivan’s short and concise deconstruction of them:

In some ways, this is an almost perfect illustration of what has happened to the “right.” A refusal to acknowledge scientific reality; and a brutalist style of public propaganda that focuses entirely on guilt by the most extreme association. Here’s how the Heartland Institute describes this new campaign:

The billboard series features Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber; Charles Manson, a mass murderer; and Fidel Castro, a tyrant. Other global warming alarmists who may appear on future billboards include Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee (who took hostages inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in 2010). These rogues and villains were chosen because they made public statements about how man-made global warming is a crisis and how mankind must take immediate and drastic actions to stop it.


Then came Heatland’s admission of failure due to objections by their own members. How detached from reality does a crazy, right wing anti-science group’s craziness have to be to offend their own membership? 
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First came the billboards, then Andrew Sullivan’s short and concise deconstruction of them:

In some ways, this is an almost perfect illustration of what has happened to the “right.” A refusal to acknowledge scientific reality; and a brutalist style of public propaganda that focuses entirely on guilt by the most extreme association. Here’s how the Heartland Institute describes this new campaign:

The billboard series features Ted Kaczynski, the infamous Unabomber; Charles Manson, a mass murderer; and Fidel Castro, a tyrant. Other global warming alarmists who may appear on future billboards include Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee (who took hostages inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in 2010). These rogues and villains were chosen because they made public statements about how man-made global warming is a crisis and how mankind must take immediate and drastic actions to stop it.

Then came Heatland’s admission of failure due to objections by their own members. How detached from reality does a crazy, right wing anti-science group’s craziness have to be to offend their own membership?

via The Daily Dish

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A kiss after flying.
via  The Sacramento Bee
(credit:  Carolyn Russo/AP  caption: In this photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution via NASA, space shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Thursday, in Chantilly, Va. Space shuttle Discovery will take the place of Enterprise at the center to commemorate past achievements in space and retire as an artifact representing the 30-year shuttle program.)
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A kiss after flying.

via The Sacramento Bee

(credit: Carolyn Russo/AP caption: In this photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution via NASA, space shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Thursday, in Chantilly, Va. Space shuttle Discovery will take the place of Enterprise at the center to commemorate past achievements in space and retire as an artifact representing the 30-year shuttle program.)

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What everyone did in D.C. yesterday: went to a rooftop, stopped on the street, nearly rear-ended another car in traffic….all to see the amazing photos of the Space Shuttle Discovery taking a victory lap around the Capitol. 
via  The LA Times Framework
(credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP caption: Washington, D.C. — Space shuttle Discovery, resting atop a specially fitted NASA Boeing 747, flies over the National Mall as it arrives from Kennedy Space Center in Florida en route to its final home at the National Air and Space Museum near the Capitol.)
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What everyone did in D.C. yesterday: went to a rooftop, stopped on the street, nearly rear-ended another car in traffic….all to see the amazing photos of the Space Shuttle Discovery taking a victory lap around the Capitol.

via The LA Times Framework

(credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP caption: Washington, D.C. — Space shuttle Discovery, resting atop a specially fitted NASA Boeing 747, flies over the National Mall as it arrives from Kennedy Space Center in Florida en route to its final home at the National Air and Space Museum near the Capitol.)

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I suppose that when Pompeii was buried no one was close enough to get this kind of look at the eruption of Mt. Etna. A telephoto lens gives this definitively awesome photo of an actual eruption.
via  The New York Times Lens
(credit: Francesco Pappalardo/European Press Photo caption: A view of fountains of lava and ash from a new crater southeast of Mount Etna, as seen from Montagnola, Italy. A decade after a series of eruptions forced evacuations from the area, the volcano is making news again.)
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I suppose that when Pompeii was buried no one was close enough to get this kind of look at the eruption of Mt. Etna. A telephoto lens gives this definitively awesome photo of an actual eruption.

via The New York Times Lens

(credit: Francesco Pappalardo/European Press Photo caption: A view of fountains of lava and ash from a new crater southeast of Mount Etna, as seen from Montagnola, Italy. A decade after a series of eruptions forced evacuations from the area, the volcano is making news again.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Somehow, this photo of the deputy director of space exploration isn’t that reassuring.
Though they deny that there’s anything more going on than the launch of a lightweight satellite, the rocket they are using to propel the satellite into space is big enough for a much, much larger payload. 
via  The Charlotte Observer
(credit: David Guttenfelder/AP Photo caption: Ryu Kum Chol, deputy director of space exploration in the Department of Space Technology of North Korea speaks to the international media in Pyongyang, North Korea Tuesday, April 10, 2012. North Korean space officials said Tuesday that all assembly and preparations for a planned satellite launch have been completed, while denying it is a cover for missile test.)
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Somehow, this photo of the deputy director of space exploration isn’t that reassuring.

Though they deny that there’s anything more going on than the launch of a lightweight satellite, the rocket they are using to propel the satellite into space is big enough for a much, much larger payload.

via The Charlotte Observer

(credit: David Guttenfelder/AP Photo caption: Ryu Kum Chol, deputy director of space exploration in the Department of Space Technology of North Korea speaks to the international media in Pyongyang, North Korea Tuesday, April 10, 2012. North Korean space officials said Tuesday that all assembly and preparations for a planned satellite launch have been completed, while denying it is a cover for missile test.)

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The pic works (big time) because it’s also an eyeball. A sort of angry one. Looking right at, yeah, your eyeball.
csmonitor:

Space photos never get old! Check out our space photos of the day album, in case our earth photos of the day album wasn’t enough.
This Spitzer Space Telescope image from NASA shows infrared radiation from the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), which is 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius.
Source: UPI/NASA/Newscom

Bag’s Take-Away:

The pic works (big time) because it’s also an eyeball. A sort of angry one. Looking right at, yeah, your eyeball.

csmonitor:

Space photos never get old! Check out our space photos of the day album, in case our earth photos of the day album wasn’t enough.

This Spitzer Space Telescope image from NASA shows infrared radiation from the Helix Nebula (NGC 7293), which is 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius.
Source: UPI/NASA/Newscom

Tags #photos    #photography    #science    #science photos    #eyeballs    #angry eyes