Gustave Caillebotte, Nature morte au vase de lilas (1883)
(Still Life with a Vase of Lilacs - 1883)
Huile sur toile (oil on canvas) 73 x 66 cm
Collection privée (Private Collection)
|Left Image Credit and Copyright: Damia Bouic;|
Right Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS; Digital processing: Damia Bouic
Source: The Mars Society (Very High Resolution: 2683 x 1500)
How different does sunset appear from Mars than from Earth? For comparison, two images of our common star were taken at sunset, one from Earth and one from Mars. These images were scaled to have same angular width and featured here side-by-side. The terrestrial sunset was taken in 2012 March from Marseille, France, while the Martian sunset was captured last month by NASA‘s robotic Curiosity rover from Gale crater on Mars.
SAN FRANCISCO — Two wingsuit fliers who leaped to their deaths from a cliff in Yosemite National Park were trying to zoom through a notch in a ridgeline and were airborne for about 15 seconds when they slammed into a rocky outcropping, a friend said Monday.
Dean Potter, 43, and his partner Graham Hunt, 29, were both experienced at flying in wingsuits — the most extreme form of BASE jumping, which is a sport so dangerous that enthusiasts keep lists of the dead.
Dressed like flying squirrels, with flaps between their outstretched arms and legs to keep them aloft, they leaped off Taft Point, 3,500 feet above the valley floor, and would have been traveling at speeds close to 100 mph as they aimed for the narrow gap in the ridge.
BASE jumping — renegade parachuting off buildings, antenna, spans (such as bridges) and Earth (in this case, the cliffs over Yosemite Valley) — is illegal in national parks. Doing it in a wingsuit is even more dangerous, particularly the form Potter practiced, gliding frighteningly close to cliffs and trees before deploying his chute.
“I love the idea that I can change the worst possible thing to the best possible thing: dying to flying,” Potter says in “Fly or Die,” a documentary about his wingsuit jumps that can be seen on National Geographic’s website.
“The wingsuit is basically the flying squirrel suit,” Potter explained in the video. “Everyone kinda fantasizes about it — flying. And it’s an amazing place in history right now, that man actually has the skills to pull it off.” Read more
Source: The Washington Post, May 18, 2015
|Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, right, embraces his husband|
Gauthier Destenay after their marriage at the town hall in Luxembourg,
on Friday, May 15, 2015.
LUXEMBOURG — The prime minister of Luxembourg has married his partner a year after the tiny, staunchly Roman Catholic nation’s parliament approved a law allowing same-sex marriage.
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel at first said he wanted to have a very private wedding, but by Friday morning, he had already posted a picture of himself with Belgian partner Gauthier Destenay on his Twitter profile page. The official ceremony at Luxembourg City Hall occurred late Friday afternoon.
Bettel, a 42-year-old lawyer, heads the free-market DP liberals, who entered a coalition government with the Socialists and the Greens to end 34 years of Christian Democrat reign in Luxembourg. On July 1, this nation of 520,000 will take over the presidency of the 28-nation European Union, giving Bettel major international exposure.
Shoehorned between Germany, France and Belgium, Luxembourg has been at the heart of European affairs since the founding of the EU in 1957. It was long seen as a picture of sedate bourgeois conservatism, yet it has become a major financial center, giving it clout well beyond its size.
Bettel has also reinvigorated the political scene with reforms. Last year, lawmakers overwhelmingly approved changes to allow people of the same sex to wed and to adopt children — part of the most fundamental revision of Luxembourg’s laws on marriage since 1804.
In 2010, Iceland’s prime minister married her partner in what was believed to be the first same-sex wedding of a ruling government leader in Europe.
Source: The Associated Press, May 15, 2015