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The multi-center Morpheus Team successfully completed Free Flight7 (FF7) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) on Minday, February 10, 2014. FF7, the 5th free flight of the Bravo vehicle, flew to 467 feet (142m), altitude and then traversed 637 feet (194m) in 30 seconds before landing in the hazard field. Initial data indicated a nominal flight meeting all test objectives. The vehicle flew its pre-planned trajectory flawlessly, reaching a max ascent velocity of 13 m/s, and landing with no appreciable deviation from its intended target 74 seconds after launch. The Morpheus Team again demonstrated engineering and operational excellence, relying upon training, discipline and experience to ensure today’s success.
via crookedindifference:In 1996, scientists took a huge risk when they pointed the Hubble telescope to an inky field that they believed to be void of stars and planets. As images from Hubble are in constant demand, the worry was that devoting so much time to a black space would prove futile. Once the photons finally registered, though, that leap of faith proved fruitful: light from over three thousand galaxies illuminated the image. A few years and missions later, Hubble’s glimpse into what is known as the deep field has revealed that we are just one tiny part of a vast system comprising 100 billion galaxies.
There are moments and experiences that you remember forever. They are signposts that paint a new road ahead of us, and tweak our rear-view mirror so that we may never see the past the same way again. Our lives are full of them: First loves, births, deaths, that one best meal.
Experiencing the Hubble Ultra Deep Field is one of those moments. Take a sec and truly internalize what you’re seeing. When you stare into an empty piece of the universe and find it overflowing with galaxies just like our own, and not like our own at all, stretching to the beginning of time itself … if you are alive in the least bit, you are forever changed.
We are time travelers all.
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"This actually is my 4th version of drawing out a map of San Francisco. San Francisco is really easy to draw out in map-form cause it’s only 7x7 miles, and although it has a few hills you can pretty much section it off by the freeway and a few of it’s major streets: Market, Third Street, Mission Street, Geary Boulevard, Divasidero, and 19th Avenue."
The project’s name plays off ideas of revamping and reusing, while also referencing an element of vampirism and parasitism within the project. “We had a few ideas for names, of which ‘Mr Speaker’ was one,” says Cocksedge. “But I asked a friend and he preferred The Vamp. He said it would probably look like a little bloodsucking parasite when attached to a big speaker. That was the deal breaker.”
We want the hardware to tell its true story, including its 5,000 mile per hour re-entry and subsequent impact with the ocean surface. We’re excited to get this hardware on display where just maybe it will inspire something amazing.
An incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end