Once we were blobs in the sea, and then fishes, and then lizards and rats and then monkeys, and hundreds of things in between. This hand was once a fin, this hand once had claws! In my human mouth I have the pointy teeth of a wolf and the chisel teeth of a rabbit and the grinding teeth of a cow! Our blood is as salty as the sea we used to live in! When we’re frightened, the hair on our skin stands up, just like it did when we had fur. We are history! Everything we’ve ever been on the way to becoming us, we still are.
I’m made up of the memories of my parents and my grandparents, all my ancestors. They’re in the way I look, in the colour of my hair. And I’m made up of everyone I’ve ever met who’s changed the way I think.
“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.” - Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot, Edgar Mitchell
One of twelve astronauts to have walked on the lunar surface, Edgar Dean Mitchell’s early development as a member of the astronaut corps began as as product of the famed Astronaut Group 5. As was the case with many Apollo era astronauts, Mitchell initially served as a member of the astronaut support crew (for the Apollo 9 mission) before serving as backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 10.
It wasn’t until January 1971 that Mitchell would join Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa as the Lunar Module Pilot for NASA’s 8th manned Apollo mission, Apollo 14. Over the course of the 9-day mission, the crew would conduct rigorous fieldwork including collecting nearly 100 pounds of lunar rock samples for return to Earth. At the time, the crew would also set records for longest lunar surface stay time (33 hours), longest lunar surface EVA (9.25 hours), and largest payload returned from the lunar surface. Not only would Mitchell become the 6th astronaut to walk on the lunar surface during this period, but he would log a total of 216 hours and 42 minutes in space.
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Petrykivka is a style of painting which originated from the small Ukrainian Petrykivka village. This style of painting utilizes thousands of small brushstrokes, blending together to present a seemingly seamless element within the painting. The brush used for these paintings are in themselves unique, being hand-made from cat hair. Olena Skytsiuk, a renowned Ukrainian painter is one of the few artists who are preserving this dying art. She has been a member of the National Artists Union of Ukraine since 1978. Her work can be found in museums and private collections all over the world. Txt
Here’s the cool thing: Vigen points out that when we laugh at these correlations we are actually acting like scientists. He explains it better than I can in this video.
Laniakea: Our home superclusterDefining regions in an infinite universe is tricky business: Clusters of dozens of galaxies, called local groups, are further bound into clusters containing hundreds of galaxies. The Laniakea supercluster, described in a paper published in this week’s Nature, is 500 million light-years in diameter and contains 100,000 galaxies - and we sit at the very edge of it. Together, those galaxies carry 100 million billion times the mass of our sun.
How can such a massive number of galaxies be connected? While some areas of space are basically empty, others contain highly concentrated star power. In these areas, the supercluster galaxies are drawn toward each other in intricate ways. According to R. Brent Tully, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and lead author of the study, galaxies in the cosmos can be compared to water on Earth.
“Within a land form, water flows in certain directions,” Tully said. “The water knows, even if the land is very flat, which way is downhill.” Instead of downhill valleys that attract water flow, our universe has something called the “Great Attractor.” This region serves as a gravitational focal point , influencing the motion of galaxies in the supercluster.
*I hate to let on about this, but among the other superclusters, us backward Laniakeans are considered the densest hicks in the Kosmos
Source: Washington Post
Macro photography of snowflakes showing complex geometric construction.
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