Famous First Flights

Did you know? 

When Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon in 1969, he carried a piece of muslin fabric from the left wing of the original 1903 Wright Flyer in his spacesuit pocket.
There was also a piece of wood from the airplane’s left propeller.

The 1903 Wright Flyer was the first successful powered aircraft while the Apollo 11 spacecraft made the first manned mission to the moon. 

Both objects are in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.





Images via collectspace.com and firstflights.blogspot.de

Magnet Drawing Machines

A few days ago I luckily stumbled upon some interesting artworks by Jesse Houlding, whose kinetic sculptures perfectly combine art and science by using iron filings, magnetism and motion to draw on paper. "As the magnets move, the friction between the iron and the paper makes different kinds of marks depending on the strength of the magnetic field."

I love these drawings because of their purity, grace and tenderness.  

Below you can watch Jesse's kinetic sculpture 'Loop' in action.




 Via Jesse Houlding


Newton’s Cradle in Optics

This wonderful artwork combines different fields of physic: Newton's laws of Motion, Optics, and Electricity.
Unfortunately there are thousands of posts around but without mentioning the artist. Sorry. 

"Newton's cradle, named after Sir Isaac Newton, is a device that demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy via a series of swinging spheres. When one on the end is lifted and released, it strikes the stationary spheres; a force is transmitted through the stationary spheres and pushes the last one upward. The device is also known as Newton's balls or "Executive Ball Clicker"."

Via Annie Show