Archive for November, 2011

Satisfying to see Curiosity heading into the wide black yonder yesterday http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html. With luck all will go well with the mission – despite reservations about what seems to be an overly complex entry system. Regardless, we’ll know whether it’s a success by August 2012. Can’t help but picture some kind of Martian museum in the far future with an exhibition hall full of hardware previously fired there from Earth. Perhaps this will be the part of the ambient soundtrack played to the otherworldly visitors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0gC6fSvex4.

A good friend of mine stumbled upon a Russian site that hosts a collection of covers from the Soviet “Technology Youth” magazine. Spanning the 1960s, the future it portrayed was sometimes prophetic, sometimes unintentionally comic but always beautifully realised. Interested seekers of the fantastical can see the full collection here http://da-zdra-per-m.livejournal.com/76322.html. This is a personal favourite…