Monday, May 29, 2017

The Pillars of Creations

Clear view without blog info

Published on Nov 4, 2016
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990, and remains in operation. Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy. The HST is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble, and is one of NASA's Great Observatories, along with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

With a 2.4-meter (7.9 ft) mirror, Hubble's four main instruments observe in the near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared spectra. Hubble's orbit outside the distortion of Earth's atmosphere allows it to take extremely high-resolution images, with substantially lower background light than ground-based telescopes. Hubble has recorded some of the most detailed visible light images ever, allowing a deep view into space and time. Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the universe.

The HST was built by the United States space agency NASA, with contributions from the European Space Agency. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) selects Hubble's targets and processes the resulting data, while the Goddard Space Flight Center controls the spacecraft.

Space telescopes were proposed as early as 1923. Hubble was funded in the 1970s, with a proposed launch in 1983, but the project was beset by technical delays, budget problems, and the Challenger disaster (1986). When finally launched in 1990, Hubble's main mirror was found to have been ground incorrectly, compromising the telescope's capabilities. The optics were corrected to their intended quality by a servicing mission in 1993.

Hubble is the only telescope designed to be serviced in space by astronauts. After launch by Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990, four subsequent Space Shuttle missions repaired, upgraded, and replaced systems on the telescope. A fifth mission was canceled on safety grounds following the Columbia disaster (2003). However, after spirited public discussion, NASA administrator Mike Griffin approved one final servicing mission, completed in 2009. The telescope is operating as of 2016, and could last until 2030–2040. Its scientific successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is scheduled for launch in 2018.
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Morning thought

The Vibrant Mind

Looks for distraction
Never lacking for attraction
Gives good speak if proposed
Withers in time like the rose. 

photo   photographer unknown

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Adelia Alieva pianist


Where is this place

23.128237, -82.353516

24.395132, 54.382324

  55.75583, 37.61730

+48.87146, 2.35500


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fun fantastic foes


Lewis Carroll

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)`                                          

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!  
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun 
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand: 
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree, 
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood, 
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through 
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head 
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' 
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Muse Politic

Let me say this about that
I put my cat in a hat
The cat is not there
We do not know where
Because, I did not say that


Friday, May 12, 2017

Is anyone safe

My boss just got fired   and his boss is an idiot
A constitutional crisis that has shaken Washington
Graphic   Andy Warhol

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Into the storm

all non credited photos are mine - with few exceptions
photo    Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Monday, May 08, 2017

digital art

Originally constructed with just a few objects and one lighting source
a phone app transfigured the picture into something that might be appealing to some 

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Mentally ill or ill at perception

whose that at the window
no one   its the TV

If this doesn't make sense then you have never had to much to drink   fallen in love    or experienced the heart break of a physical or spiritual loss   in short you
are fucked up

Practice faith

Something to believe in

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Street Art

from the blog of 

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

At work feelings