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The Rehearsal of Space and the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite

The Rehearsal of Space and the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite / Edgar Martins, 2014

The Rehearsal of Space and the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite / Edgar Martins, 2014

One of my favourite photographers, Edgar Martins, has just released his latest body of work. He spent the last few years documenting the European Space Agency, and the result is a breathtaking visual survey of this scientific world.

The project is currently on show at the Wapping Project Bankside – I urge you to go and see these prints, some of which are up to 2m in size. Also, the book is available now via The Moth House.

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Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-130 / 4.14am Feb 8 2010

Congratulations to all at NASA on the successful launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-130 to the ISS.

After being cancelled yesterday morning due to low cloud, launch went ahead as planned at 4.14am EST today. This was the last ever night-time launch of a shuttle, with only 4 more scheduled missions planned for this year, all in daylight hours.

My god I hope I make it to one of those last 4.

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NASA Space Shuttle launch / STS-129

Over the past 6 months – since the 40th anniversary of Apollo was publicised – I have become immensely fascinated by space travel. I have no idea why, but prior to this year it just never really registered with me what an incredible feat NASA have performed over the past 50 years. Now I can’t get enough.

Anyway, today saw the successful launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on its mission to the ISS (International Space Station). STS-129 is the last Shuttle launch of 2009 and there are only 5 more missions planned for 2010 before the Shuttle programme is retired for good, after more than 25 years of service.

Here’s an amazing figure to try and put space exploration into economic perspective – every Shuttle launch costs around $1 billion.

I love space.