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.

 

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Images via collectspace.com and firstflights.blogspot.de

A Journey Through Space Via Smell

As of today, no human will ever get physically near to the other planets of our solar system apart from earth, moon or mars. But thanks to the wonderful artwork of Katie PatersonCandle (from Earth into a Black Hole), we now have the opportunity to experience at least the smell of our neighbours. 

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"Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole) is a scented, white candle which burns down over 12 hours. The candle creates a journey through space via smell; as if taking off from Earth, journeying to the Moon, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, the stars, all the way into a Black Hole. The candle is formed of 23 layers, each containing a unique scent reflecting each place or planet. The Clouds and Troposphere smell like ‘water, humidity, wet basement, washed towels’ and the Ozone like ‘the clean smell after a thunder storm.’ The Moon is scented like ‘burnt gunpowder’ and Titan, Saturn’s Moon with ‘sweet and bitter almonds, cherry, slight benzene.’ Mars, an ‘old penny’.

‘Produced for the exhibition at the Frac Franche-Comté, Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole) was designed after an analysis of our universe’s molecules. This work shines like a candle composed of different strata whose perfume corresponds to the odor of each star, planet and space making up our system: a smell of gunpowder for the moon, geranium for the stratosphere, raspberry and rum for space and sulfuric acid for Venus… From Earth’s forest smell to odorless empty space and Black Holes, Katie Paterson invites us on an olfactory voyage to the ends of the Earth.’" FRAC Guide

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Magnet TV

 

Nam June Paik - Magnet TV (1963-65)

"«Magnet TV» was developed relatively late by Paik. By then he had already engaged in numerous complex operations on the inner-workings of television sets, but was yet to consider how magnets applied from outside were also well-suited to altering the electromagnetic flow of electrons.[…] At first Paik worked with only a horseshoe-shaped electromagnet and a degausser, used by technicians to deactivate the television screen’s state of being charged.[…] The magnet’s force of attraction hindered the cathode rays from filling the screen’s rectangular surface. This pushed the field of horizontal lines upward thus creating baffling forms within the magnet’s gravitational field. If the magnet maintained its position, the picture remained stabile—apart from minimal changes caused by fluctuations in the flow of electricity. Moving the magnet caused endless variations on the forms. "
(Source: Edith Decker, Paik Video, Cologne, 1988, p. 60ff.)

Via Tumblr and medienkunstnetz

Coffee Seeks Its Own Level

The phrase "water seeks its own level" is a metaphor for how things equalize.
In physics it stands for hydrostatics and is influenced by atmospheric pressure, water pressure depending on depth and water's density. A good example for this process are 'Communicating Vesels', where several containers connected through pipes are filled with liquid. That liquid will reach the same level in all parts of the system, regardless of what the lowest point is of the pipes.

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The artist Allan Wexler created a brilliant artwork Coffee Seeks its Own Level about this phenomenon: 

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"Coffee Seeks its Own Level choreographs group dynamics. If one person alone lifts his cup, coffee overflows the other three cups. All four people need to coordinate their actions and lift simultaneously."

 

Via Allan Wexler and Article.sapub.org

Why are Moths Attracted to the Light?

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"Phototaxis is an organism’s automatic movement toward or away from light. So a cockroach has negative phototaxis, because it’s always scuttling into dark corners while a moth has positive phototaxis because of it’s preference for bright lights.

Why are they attracted to bright lights?

We have several theories but no definite answers. Here are the theories:

  1. Moths use the moon as a primary reference point to travel. So it’s attraction to the light maybe related to that orientation and cause disorientation. 
  2. Moths may see flying towards the light as advantageous and safer than flying somewhere dark. 

Did you know moths are sensitive to ultra-violet light? A white light will attract more than than a yellow one."

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Space Shuttle Launch in Time Exposure

Awesome shot: 51 second exposure of the SpaceX Falcon 9 DSCOVR Launch
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 
by Howie Muzika

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Via Howie Muzika

 

Twilight Phenomena

In case you observe a strange, colorful vortex in the sky and think of an UFO, please read this before. :-)

"Twilight phenomenon is produced when unburned particles of missile or rocket propellant and water left in the vapor trail of a launch vehicle condenses, freezes and then expands in the less dense upper atmosphere. The exhaust plume, which is suspended against a dark sky is then illuminated by reflective high altitude sunlight, which produces a spectacular, colorful effect when seen at ground level. The phenomenon typically occurs with launches that take place either 30 to 60 minutes before sunrise or after sunset when a booster rocket or missile rises out of the darkness and into a sunlit area, relative to an observer’s perspective on the ground.

This phenomenon usually produces a cloud of green, blue, white and rose colored hues which takes on a corkscrew appearance as it is whipped around by wind currents. It is seen within two to three minutes after a launch has occurred. Depending on weather conditions, it could remain in the sky for up to half an hour before dispersing.

Pre-dawn launches are probably less spectacular than their dusk counterparts. During dusk launches, the sunlight shines through the exhaust plume. Pre-dawn launches, on the other hand, produce a more subtle display because the sunlight directly reflects off the plume."

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Via Wikipedia