12 Inspiring Photos of Space Exploration

In honor of today’s once in a lifetime and historic opportunity to see the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle Discovery at the Udvar Hazy National Air and Space Museum. I thought it appropriate to do a post on 12 photos (with links) all courtesy of NASA.gov that I believe help to illustrate the continued importance of the space program and its effect on both our progress as a people and our own individual lives. The sheer beauty alone is Awe inspiring….I hope you enjoy!!

Screen Captured Image of Shuttle Discovery Landing (live Online)4.17.2012

 The Shuttle Discovery at the Dulles Airport – Virginia 4.17.2012

Messier 70

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/messier70.html

‘Mount Sharp’ On Mars

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/news/msl20120328.html

 Saturn’s moons: Enceladus and Tethys 

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/whycassini/cassini20120416.html

The Sun – (Eruption larger than the size of Earth)

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/News041612-M1.7flare.html

 The Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/

Moscow at Night

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2221.html

Apollo/Saturn 501 Vehicle Preparation

http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/UTILS/search.cgi

(To find Image search keyword – Saturn)

Saturn V S-1C Stages in Assembly 

http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/UTILS/search.cgi

(To find Image search keyword – Saturn)

A Spiral Galaxy in Hydra

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/hydra-spiral.html

NASA Picture of the Day 4.17.2012

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120417.html

May The Force Be With You

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May The Force Be With You

I’ve been working with a new medium the past few days (pencil sketch & digital edit) and enjoying what I’ve been creating. If you’re interested, be sure to check out the “my portfolio” section of my blog for more pictures as I add them. Hope you like it. 🙂

Also, feel free to comment requests or send me an email with your ideas, if you’d like to see something in particular.

The Long and Dusty Road

(Brief Introduction)

I’ve recently been going through some of my old writings and I came across this one I wrote back when I was 14. It’s an amazing thing to think about what changes in your life in 10 years, how you grow as a person, and what you’ve been able to achieve (or not) and  what doesn’t change, because some things never do……That being said, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 


            My heart pounds with each step, filling every capillary as they burst in my lungs. I feel everything. My chest aches and I breathe fire as I continue on down the road to the half-way point where I can finally stop for a moment and stretch my legs out. I look around me…nothing, except the rolling tops of the mountains and a neighbor’s house in the distance. Ah the half-way point. It seems so close. I can see it, but yet it’s so far away. Can I make it without giving in and walking the rest of the way? I ask myself.

I look down at my watch, trying to take my mind off of the pain in my legs and sides. It tells me little, other than  I have but only a few minutes left if I want to beat my running pace from the previous day’s run. Acting as a constant reminder of the commitment that I have to myself and what it takes and means to be a runner.

On a hill above the neighbors house, I fight for breathe as I stop and take a minute to look around and think, then I clear my mind and for a brief moment I think of nothing. I open my eyes to the beautiful scenery around me; I am now a part of. I still rarely find places as beautiful as that half-way mark. It’s a quiet serenity known only to those who run, but for those who do the cold crisp air and uphill battle to a level plateau of victory is forever worth it.

So often in life we get caught up living it and we forget about the things that matter the most. The little things from how beautiful the sky is to how many times we take a breath of God’s air in a single day without ever thinking about it. Life is a mystery best understood by no one, but by those who choose to live life past the half way point.

Running is the only time when nothing else matters. It doesn’t matter how I look or what people say. It doesn’t matter if things are getting tuff or the problems that I have. It doesn’t matter if I am happy or sad. All that matters are me and the unrelenting road I am on and how far I can take it before I can take no more. It pushes me to my limits and beyond. It is a part of me.

On the way back my legs begin to hurt from my hips to my ankles as they hammer down on the frozen ground of the hard earth rising up to meet them with every step. I think about anything to take my mind off of the feeling, as I continue to run, never stopping, giving in to the feeling of pain. Pain is motivation, it pushes me to where I need to go I think to myself, as I look up and continue.

As I go on. I eventually reach that final stretch of long and rocky dirt that stares at me like the foil of a good comic book would stare at the Hero in the final battle to decide which one would be the victor and which one would lose the fight. I put every muscle into motion and I pull from a strength not only from my body, but from my heart and spirit and I begin to challenge that last long dusty road….and myself.

My Top 7 World Travel Destinations

#1 Australia

  

Why I’d like to go?

To go scuba-diving off the Great Barrier Reef by day then ditch the wet suit for a dinner at Marque in Surry Hills, followed by a show of Bell Shakespeare or possibly the Australian Chamber Orchestra at the Sydney Opera house by night.

Links:

Photo Source: http://www.wayfaring.info/2010/07/21/the-great-barrier-reef-australia/

Marque:http://www.marquerestaurant.com.au/

Sydney Opera House:http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/homepage.aspx

#2 Germany

Why I’d like to go?

To trace my ancestry by visiting the castle of my lineage / Experience Oktoberfest / Drive as fast as my car will go on the Autobahn.

Links:

Photo Source: http://www.bestourism.com/items/di/147?title=Hohenzollern-Castle-Germany&b=22

Oktoberfest: http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/

#3 Egypt

 

Why I’d like to go?

To go camel back riding through the Sahara Desert to see the Great Pyramids of Giza and visit the Valley of the Kings, while learning about the architectural genius of the ancient Egyptians.

Links:

Photo Source: http://africancalabashvolunteer.org/traveling-to-the-egyptian-pyramids.html

Travel: http://www.egypt.travel/

#4 Iceland

Why I’d like to go?

Swim in the real “Blue Lagoon” then have a glass of scotch from the Ice bar, which is the equivalent of drinking from a giant functional ice luge, and go horseback riding around an active volcano. 🙂

Links:

Photo Source: http://www.bing.com/travel/content/search?q=Otherworldly%20Landscapes%3A%20Blue%20Lagoon%2C%20Iceland

Iceland’s coolest bars: http://www.openjourney.com/article/worlds-coolest-bars-39.html

#5 Italy

Why I’d like to go?

Attend the Carnevale Festival in winter, visit the Vatican, and sword fight in the Coliseum.

Links:

Photo Source: http://www.venice-carnival-italy.com/#&slider1=1

Carnevale of Venice: http://www.venice-carnival-italy.com/#&slider1=1 

#6 Hawaii

Why I’d like to go?

To go skydiving off the island of Maui in midday ….landing in time for happy hour on the beach and jimmy buffet on the radio.

Links: 

Photo Source: http://www.hawaiianbeachrentals.com/hawaiitravelblog/oahu-vacation-information/skydiving-in-hawaii.html

Go Hawaii: http://www.gohawaii.com/

#7 Switzerland

Why I’d like to go?

To snowboard the Swizz Alps, visit the Omega Watch Museum, and eat the best chocolate in the world.

Links: 

Photo Source: http://www.mountainphotographer.com/category/backcountry-skiingsnowboarding/page/4

Omega Watch Museum: http://www.omegawatches.com/spirit/history/museum

Awesome Underwater Wreckage Photos

Well….looks like I have finally caved and with the help of WordPress I have created my very own blog, to share with all of you who visit; my ramblings, ideas, motivations, inspirations, dreams, ambitions, knowledge, opinions, and finally even my hopes. 🙂

As I just got started, I’ll be working on the site and adding content on an ongoing basis, but for now check out these amazing photos from National Geographic of underwater wreckage.

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/underwater-wrecks/#/shipwreck-sea-floor-caloyianis_18507_600x450.jpg

Stay tuned and feel free to give me your feedback as I will enjoy reading and discussing with you, your thoughts and ideas on the topics I choose to post about.

Thanks,

Lance