"Earth’s distant orb appeared the smallest light that twinkles in the heaven; whilst round the chariot’s way innumerable systems rolled and countless spheres diffused an ever-varying glory. It was a sight of wonder: some were hornèd like the crescent moon; some shed a mild and silver beam like Hesperus o'er the western sea; some dashed athwart with trains of flame, like worlds to death and ruin driven; some shone like suns, and as the chariot passed, eclipsed all other light." From "Queen Mab" by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1813)

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Mostly Moonwalkers

Well how marvellous, I’d forgotten I’d sent off for this. The Astronaut Central catalogue!
While surfing the space sites a few weeks back I came across Astronaut Central who sell signed and flown astronaut related items. It’s all a bit out of my league but they will send you a free catalogue if you give them your details. Nice one!
It arrived this morning and I’m a bit excited about it. Lots of really good pics of signed photos of “mostly moonwalkers” plus some reproductions of Alan Bean’s paintings. For those who don’t know Alan Bean was the Apollo 12 Lunar Module Pilot, which makes him the 4th man to walk on the moon; he also flew in Skylab; and now he spends his time painting space scenes, capturing what it was like to be an astronaut and incorporating bits of his space suit and actual moon dust into the art work. That’s one of his pictures on the cover.
The catalogue was accompanied by another of space art from Nova Space. Lots of work depicting landscapes from other planets, galaxies, that kind of thing. It’s pretty good but I’m much more excited by the other one. If you want to get a free catalogue for yourself check out these sites www.astronautcentral.com and www.novaspace.com however, I suspect I’m in a rather select group of people who get excited by the idea of a catalogue of photos of astronauts.

Suggested reading: “The Man Who Ran The Moon” the excellent biography of NASA chief, businessman and Washington bureaucrat James Webb by Piers Bizony. Top stuff.

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