Il nome di questo coso è Ardentbold. È un neologismo, viene dall’Ulisse di Joyce e in italiano è stato tradotto ardentardito oppure ardendo d’audacia. E la statua di Joyce a Dublino guarda il cielo. Il passo è breve, la scelta è fatta: chi sono gli ardentarditi? Sono gli astronauti – o i cosmonauti, a seconda della squadra che tifi – sono i conquistatori dello spazio siderale. Sono la versione reale di Spock e Kirk, del Dottore, di Han Solo. Sono quello che ogni bambino vuole essere. Sono gli eroi della mitologia moderna. Sono gli uomini liberi che cantava Giorgio Gaber, quelli che s’innalzano con la propria intelligenza e sfidano la natura con la forza incontrastata della scienza, con addosso l’entusiasmo di spaziare senza limiti nel cosmo e convinti che la forza del pensiero sia la sola libertà.


This thing's named Ardentbold. It's a neologism coming from Joyce's Ulysses meaning in the same time ardent and bold (you don't say?), burning in someones own boldness. James Joyce's statue in central Dublin looks at the sky: the step is short and the decision is taken. Who are the ardentbolds? They are the astronauts – or the cosmonauts, depending on which side you are on – they are the conquerors of the sidereal space. They are Spock and Kirk and Han Solo and the Doctor's real life counterpart. They are the Modern Era Heroes. Ardentbold are those free man sung by the italian songwriter Giorgio Gaber: the ones who raise themselves with their intelligence and challenge nature with science unopposed force, the ones who still have the enthusiasm needed to fly without boundaries in the cosmos, the ones who know that free thought is the only expression of real freedom.

5th November 2013

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astrohardware:

This image speaks for itself.

astrohardware:

This image speaks for itself.

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27th October 2013

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colchrishadfield:

I’m glad to see people preparing their Halloween costumes for my contest. Remember - there will be free prizes!

colchrishadfield:

I’m glad to see people preparing their Halloween costumes for my contest. Remember - there will be free prizes!

26th October 2013

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Opportunity rover’s wheel tracks at Victoria Crater of Mars, 2008.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University

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Opportunity rover’s wheel tracks at Victoria Crater of Mars, 2008.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University

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25th October 2013

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Crescent Dione from Cassini, October 11, 2005.

Credit: NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory / Space Science Institute

25th October 2013

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futurist-foresight:

A little bit of space history - the Mir Space Station.
ministryofbreakfast:

Mir Space Station shot by Atlantis Spacecraft, July 1995.

futurist-foresight:

A little bit of space history - the Mir Space Station.

ministryofbreakfast:

Mir Space Station shot by Atlantis Spacecraft, July 1995.

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25th October 2013

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janimalia:

STS-121 | July 4, 2006

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STS-121 | July 4, 2006

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25th October 2013

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spaceexp:

Saturn V “Shake Test”

The development and success rate of the Saturn rockets should be regarded as one of the greatest achievements of mankind. The limited technology available in the 60’s make it all the more impressive.

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25th October 2013

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ancientspirals:

Eileen Collins - First female commander of a shuttle.
Discovery, July 26th 2005.
'Women in space' on tumblr
Original painting for sale here.

ancientspirals:

Eileen Collins - First female commander of a shuttle.

Discovery, July 26th 2005.

'Women in space' on tumblr

Original painting for sale here.

24th October 2013

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(10/22/2013) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a view from above shows the Orion ground test vehicle, or GTA, being lifted by crane in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building. The ground test vehicle is being used for path finding operations, including simulated manufacturing, assembly and stacking procedures. Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted test flight of Orion is scheduled to launch in 2014 atop a Delta IV rocket and in 2017 on NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/orion. Photo credit: Dimitri Gerondidakis

24th October 2013

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(10/22/2013) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a view from above shows the Orion ground test vehicle, or GTA, being lifted by crane in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building. The ground test vehicle is being used for path finding operations, including simulated manufacturing, assembly and stacking procedures. Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted test flight of Orion is scheduled to launch in 2014 atop a Delta IV rocket and in 2017 on NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/orion. Photo credit: Dimitri Gerondidakis

24th October 2013

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(10/22/2013) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a view from above shows the Orion ground test vehicle, or GTA, being lifted by crane in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building. The ground test vehicle is being used for path finding operations, including simulated manufacturing, assembly and stacking procedures. Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted test flight of Orion is scheduled to launch in 2014 atop a Delta IV rocket and in 2017 on NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/orion. Photo credit: Dimitri Gerondidakis

graviton1066:

(10/22/2013) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a view from above shows the Orion ground test vehicle, or GTA, being lifted by crane in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building. The ground test vehicle is being used for path finding operations, including simulated manufacturing, assembly and stacking procedures. Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted test flight of Orion is scheduled to launch in 2014 atop a Delta IV rocket and in 2017 on NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. For more information, visit www.nasa.gov/orion. Photo credit: Dimitri Gerondidakis

21st October 2013

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graviton1066:

(29 Sept. 2013) — The Canadarm2 moves toward the first Cygnus commercial cargo spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp. as it approaches the International Space Station. The two spacecraft converged at 7:01 a.m. EDT on Sept. 29, 2013.

graviton1066:

(29 Sept. 2013) — The Canadarm2 moves toward the first Cygnus commercial cargo spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp. as it approaches the International Space Station. The two spacecraft converged at 7:01 a.m. EDT on Sept. 29, 2013.

21st October 2013

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(29 Sept. 2013) — The first Cygnus commercial cargo spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp. is photographed by an Expedition 37 crew member on the International Space Station during rendezvous and docking operations. The two spacecraft converged at 7:01 a.m. EDT on Sept. 29, 2013.

graviton1066:

(29 Sept. 2013) — The first Cygnus commercial cargo spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp. is photographed by an Expedition 37 crew member on the International Space Station during rendezvous and docking operations. The two spacecraft converged at 7:01 a.m. EDT on Sept. 29, 2013.

20th October 2013

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(3 Oct. 2013) — NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 37 flight engineer, performs Body Mass Measurement activities using the Space Linear Acceleration Mass Measurement Device (SLAMMD) in the Columbus laboratory aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station.

20th October 2013

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The Moon - September 2012 Photo credit Thierry Legault

thedemon-hauntedworld:

The Moon - September 2012 Photo credit Thierry Legault