Archive for February 14th, 2010

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Feb
10

drifting in space

At about 100 meters from the cargo bay of the space shuttle Challenger, Bruce McCandless II  was further out than anyone had ever been before. Guided by a Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), astronaut McCandless, pictured above, was floating free in space. McCandless and fellow NASA astronaut Robert Stewart were the first to experience such an “untethered space walk” during Space Shuttle mission 41-B in 1984.

The MMU works by shooting jets of nitrogen and has since been used to help deploy and retrieve satellites. With a mass over 140 kilograms, an MMU is heavy on Earth, but, like everything, is weightless when drifting in orbit. The MMU was replaced with the SAFER backpack propulsion unit. More information on McCandless and the mission can be found here

14
Feb
10

Oldest ever photograph?

Photo by Nicephore Niepce. This photo may look pixelated and insignificant, but it is far from it. This is an example of some of the earliest known photography if not one of the first photographs ever taken.

Born in 1765, Nicephore Niepce was a French inventor and though he is responsible for producing the first photographs he is little known today despite the importance of his invention. This particular photo was taken in 1826 named ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’.  More on him can be found here.

14
Feb
10

Montana Forest Fire

Photo by John McColgan. This photo of two elk cows surrounded by an awesome conflagration is authentic, snapped on a digital camera by U.S. Forest Service fire behavior analyst John McColgan on August 6, 2000. The location was the east fork of the Bitterroot River near Sula, Montana in the Bitterroot National Forest. “That’s a once-in-a-lifetime look there,” McColgan told The Missoulianafter he was tracked down a month later. “I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.” Because the photo was taken with a BLM-owned digital camera, it is regarded as public property and McColgan has not been allowed to profit from it.

Before McColgan was belatedly identified as the photographer, the image circulated with a number of false captions, including the erroneous claim that it was shot during the 1988 Yellowstone National Park fires. A more recent version correctly names McColgan but mistakenly claims the photo was taken in 2003.

14
Feb
10

“The phantom punch” – Ali vs Liston

Photo by Neil Leifer. In one of the most controversial endings to a boxing fight in the sports history, this is one of the most famous sporting images ever taken..1min and 40 second into the fight Ali threw what would become the “phantom punch” knocking Liston down. Its named the “phantom punch” because most people at ringside did not see it. Even Ali was unsure as to whether or not the punch connected, as footage from the event shows Ali asking his entourage “Did I hit him?” after the match.

Neil Leifer had this to say about the photograph – “Well, I was lucky. I don’t want to sound like I’m just being modest .. The photographer you see between Ali’s legs is Herbie Scharfman, the other Sports Illustrated photographer. It didn’t make a difference how good he was that night. He was obviously in the wrong seat. What the good sports photographer does is when it happens and you’re in the right place, you don’t miss. Whether that’s instinctual or whether it’s just luck, I don’t know.”

More on the fight can be found here

Footage of the “phantom punch” can be seen here

14
Feb
10

Omaha Beach

Photo by Robert F. Sargent. Omaha Beach is the code name for one of the main landing points of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June, 1944, during World War II. The primary objective at Omaha was to secure a beachhead of some five miles (eight kilometres) depth, between Port-en-Bessin and the Vire River, linking with the British landings at Gold Beach to the east, and reaching the area of Isigny to the west to link up with VII Corps landing at Utah Beach. 3000 were estimated to be killed in the Normandy landings.

I cant even to begin to imagine what must have been going through the heads of some of the people in this photograph

More info can be found here and here




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