PHANTOM WAVES, 2013
Acrylic and oil on birch wood
90 x 90 cm
Gemini 5 (officially Gemini V) was a 1965 manned spaceflight in NASA’s Gemini program. It was the third manned Gemini flight, the 11th manned American flight and the 19th spaceflight of all time (includes X-15 flights over 100 kilometres (62 mi)). It was also the first time an American manned space mission held the world record for duration, set on August 26, 1965, by breaking the Soviet Union’s previous record set by Vostok 5 in 1963.
Gemini 5 doubled the U.S space-flight record of the Gemini 4 mission to eight days. This flight was crucial because the length of time it took to fly to the moon, land and return would take eight days. This was possible due to new fuel cells that generated enough electricity to power longer missions, a pivotal innovation for future Apollo flights.
Mercury veteran Gordon Cooper was the first person to travel on orbital missions twice. He and Conrad took high-resolution photographs for the Defense Department, but problems with the fuel cells and maneuvering system forced the cancellation of several other experiments.
This was the first mission to have an insignia patch. After Gemini 3, NASA barred astronauts from naming their spacecraft. Cooper, having realized he had never been in a military organization without one, suggested a mission patch to symbolize the flight. NASA agreed, and the patches got the generic name of “Cooper patch.”
Image credit: NASA
Captive by Gaston Lacombe
Lacombe on his project:
We relish the chance to see these animals up close, but we also often fail to notice the habitats in which we keep them. That is why I photograph from a regular visitor’s perspective, instead of doing a behind-the-scenes documentary. I want the viewer to revisit what they see in zoos, and look beyond the animal. So, really, these photos are not about the animals - they are about us. It documents what happens when humans use animals as objects of display and entertainment.
this is possibly the saddest post on this site
birth is a monumentally inexplicable alteration of reality. Thank you Ana Álvarez-Errecalde for sharing your images with us.
Water Experiment No. 33 Automata
What a beautiful work of craftsmanship.
By: Dean O’Callaghan
A series of Skulls sculptures, by no other than Jim Skull.
I’m not sure if that is his real name, or he’s just that committed to his art, either way I admire the dedication and the work.
Marco Rea - spray paint on billboard - 2014