When sci-fi becomes real: SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch

I grew up in Florida watching Space Shuttle launches, and let me tell you, it doesn’t get any less cool with age.

If you missed it, today was a big day for SpaceX, the commercial space flight company led by Elon Musk.  They successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket in a test off Cape Canaveral. Watching the live stream was pretty exhilarating; I can only imagine how the engineers that worked on it feel.

SpaceX has launched plenty of rockets before; today’s flight used those rockets, the Falcon 9, as boosters for an even bigger main core.  The coolest part for me was seeing these two boosters split off and then come back to land at the Cape.

The core itself was to land on a floating platform in the Atlantic; unfortunately the feed cut out, so we are still waiting to hear its fate.

And what was the payload on this test rocket, you might ask?  Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster.  I am not kidding.  You can watch “Spaceman” live here as he drifts towards Mars.

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From the live feed, approx. 5pm EST

The Falcon Heavy will probably never carry people, but SpaceX is working on an even bigger rocket, the BFG, that hopefully someday will.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

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From Dublin.

The National Library in Dublin has a wonderful exhibit on the Irish poet W.B. Yeats that is definitely worth taking a look at.  At the entrance, visitors are invited to list their favorite poem.  I’m sure some people wrote the name of one of Yeats’ poems, as he and his poems are much loved in Ireland and across the world.

I wrote “This Is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams, which has long been my favorite poem.

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

Fan Art Friday: Shadow of Vader

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where Kiri at Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image every month to compare and contrast.

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We’re back after a month off with this interesting picture, which I think is one of the few in the book that combines prequel and OT images.  I wasn’t particularly inspired with this one, but I like the way it came out fine. Nothing really exciting.

I knew I wanted it to be heavily red and warm tones, because of Sith lightsabers, and Tatooine, and Anakin’s podracing helmet.  I thought using green for the leaves would be too much green, so I did kind of a greenish yellow, as if the leaves were wilting and fading.  Kind of fitting for Anakin’s fall to the Dark Side.

Check out Kiri’s beautiful image and her thoughts on Anakin’s transformation here.

Next month we’ll do a portrait of Queen Amidala:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

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From Co Cork, Ireland.

I’ve been waiting for a challenge like this!  I call this slidehow Five Ways of Looking at a Lighthouse.

We walked the Bullig Bay Loop on the Beara Peninsula, just across the water from Ardnakinna Lighthouse on Bere Island.  We passed through several different terrains, and in each one we got a different view of the lighthouse.

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think mine might be the view from the marshy inlet.  We had to pause at that spot for a bit because one of our group got separated and the guide had to backtrack to find her.  It all turned out well, though, and we had a lovely walk.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme