You know what else isn’t going to happen? Space Shuttle missions. That’s chapter is over and I’m sorry to say I never did get to see a launch. I don’t live all that far from Cape Canaveral either. I did stay there, right off the beach where they say you can not only see it but feel it take off, but alas I was a sleepy Calan and slept through the whole thing.
I read that they are telling kids who dream of becoming astronauts that they shouldn’t give up on their dream because in 20 years or so when they are finally through with the necessary training to become an astronaut there will (probably) be new means of space travel and exploration. It sounds like there will definitely be space travel through public companies in the future as companies are already gearing up, so I’d imagine those same kids can save the gazillion dollars and 20 years of time that an astronaut education will cost and just buy a trip to space.
Perhaps it’s just a matter of time before, like most things that are for the elite, even space travel will become no big deal. Kind of like having a cell phone. Remember the enormous car phone contraptions that only super cool spies or super rich people had? Me neither, but I’ve seen photos. Now they give cell phones to homeless people. So, if space travel might be in our future, perhaps we should brush up a bit on our knowledge of outer space. Here are some freaky facts:
1. The ancient Greeks called our galaxy the Milky Way because they thought it was made from drops of milk from the breasts of Greek Goddess Hera. (That still seems like a reasonable explanation to me.)
2. The moon is floating away from the earth and inching closer to Venus. It gets nearly 4 cm closer to her each year. Mister Moon is shy but persistent.
2. In zero gravity space, all liquids form into a sphere. I think this will be great for trendy nightclubs.
3. The sunlight we see today is actually 30,000 years old. It struggled to get from the core to the surface of the sun. Once it hits the surface it takes only 8 minutes to reach us.
4. In space, we’re a few inches taller. Our spine is all elongated and stuff. I like the sound of this personally.
5. Cold welding occurs eventually by merely pressing two pieces of uncoated metal together in space. (It doesn’t happen instantly though as was once believed)
You know who would love to cold weld in space? Jim. He’s been pretty obsessed with metal lately…well, he’s always been into metal, but he’s gotten pretty serious and began sculpting. His first big projects were hats. We are both hat lovers and collectors so it didn’t surprise me. It’s a pretty daunting object to try to cut, hammer and weld out of steel though!
I’m totally impressed and proud of him. Here’s his mad hatter (or Wellington) hat fashioned out of steel and blackened modeled by our beloved Betty:
I took a little break from ceramics to finish up an art doll I had started a while ago. She’s a new addition to my lotus pod girl series. and is now available on my Etsy store. You can meet Wander and read her back story on my art blog. Here’s a sneak peek.
Her hat is inspired by Jim’s hat sculptures. It’s made out of a honey tin which i delicately ‘hammered’ and rusted with iron and acid and embellished with a rusty smashed bottle cap, a scrap of fiber and some acrylic paint.
THE ODD LUMINARY
Who is the Odd Luminary? Oh my, you’ll have to visit TheOddLuminary.com to meet him and his faithful owl companion, Bubo. Be sure to explore his extraordinary home and I bet you’ll fall in love with a curious ‘this’ or ‘that’ for your own.