2:18// I learned at the butterfly conservancy that flamingos (of which they had two) live, on average, 30 years in the wild and 60 years in captivity. Today, arriving at Newark, I learn the average life expectancy was 57 when the airport was first completed, 78 today.
7:29 am • 19 July 2014 • 143,294 notes
Here, we have the Saturn V rocket, housed inside the Apollo/Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center near Titusville, Florida, just a few miles from Launch complex 39, where these beasts once roared into the sky.
When we look at the enormous first stage of the Saturn V rocket, called an S-IC, we think “spaceship”. Truthfully, the Saturn V first stage never actually made it into space. The stage only burned for the first 150 seconds of flight, then dropped away from the rest of the rocket, all while remaining totally inside Earth’s atmosphere. The S-IC stage is merely an aircraft.
Even more truthfully, the S-IC stage displayed here at the Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, never flew at all. It is a static test article, fired while firmly attached to the ground, to make sure the rocket would actually hold together in flight. Obviously, these tests were successful, (e.g. she didn’t blow up), and she sits on our Apollo museum today. I wrote more about this particular stage in a previous post, (click here to view.)
The rest of the rocket, the second and third stages, called the S-II and S-IVB stages, did fly into space. The S-II put the manned payload into orbit, and the S-IVB was responsible for initially propelling that payload from earth orbit to the moon, an act called “trans-lunar injection” (TLI).
The particular rocket in this display, except for the first stage, is called SA-514. 514 was going to launch the cancelled Apollo 18 and 19 moon missions.
The command/service module (CSM) in the photos is called CSM-119. This particular capsule is unique to the Apollo program, because it has five seats. All the others had three. 119 could launch with a crew of three, and land with five, because it was designed it for a possible Skylab rescue mission. It was later used it as a backup capsule for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.
1:15 pm • 18 July 2014 • 2,485 notes
Photo by Christophe Berlet
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1:13 pm • 18 July 2014 • 801 notes
Cottage on a Hill
1:12 pm • 18 July 2014 • 364 notes
This photo of Hugo Robus shows a fascinating stage of the sculptural process - he is touching up his sculpture in wax before it is cast into something more solid. The array of wooden stakes help the soft material from collapsing in on itself.
Hugo Robus working on a sculpture, 193-? / Pinchos Horn, photographer. Sculptors Guild records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
1:10 pm • 18 July 2014 • 92 notes