Saturday, September 24, 2011

Space Junk, Orbital Debris

An abandoned 6.5-ton satellite, UARS: Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite reentered the earth's atmosphere. NASA reported early this morning that it does not know where the remains are located. This is a perplexing statement from the "people in charge" of this operation. One would like to think that their tracking equipment could actually track the huge installations they have launched into space. Orbital debris, a.k.a. Space Junk is increasing.

NASA's website reports the "decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell back to Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23 and 1:09 a.m. EDT Sept. 24."

NASA Officials said "it entered the atmosphere somewhere over the Pacific Ocean" but the "precise re-entry time and location are not yet known with certainty."

More info here:

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

John Armleder....Too Much is not Enough

I have been looking for a photo of that quintessential prone chandelier piece by John Armleder. Couldn't find a photo of it, but did find this excellent disco-ball installation.

Aerial Apparitions by Adam Ekberg

Aberation, 2006, Photograph Inkjet print on paper

Disco Ball on the Mountain, 2005, Photograph Inkjet on paper

The artist's website:

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hélica, Steampowered Plane Without Wings

In 1919 Marcel Leyat founded a French automobile factory. Its first model was known as the Hélica, a plane without wings, capable of carrying multiple passengers. The vehicle was steered by turning the rear wheels, and powered by a large propeller powered by a an 8 bhp (boiler horse power) engine. The 550 pound body of the Hélica was made of wood, and reached a speed of 106 mph in a 1927 race.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

European Union Calls for U.S. to Open X-files

From the Associated Press July 6, 2010
Stephanie Fleming

An Italian member of the European Parliament, Mario Borghezio, told the Associated Press that the European Union needs access to the U.S. classified information on UFO, including, but not limited to U.S. Military data. European lawmakers called Tuesday for member governments to open their "secret X-files" to provide transparency to all people. Borghezio said all European governments should go public and stop what he called a "systematic cover-up. Britain posted 4,000 pages online last year, and over the past three years, the British defense ministry has been gradually releasing previously secret UFO papers after facing Freedom of Information demands.

"I think that, under the principle of transparency, the EU member states have a duty to make public and available to all scientific data on UFOs which today are partially or wholly withheld," he wrote in the e-mail.

The truth is out's just stuck in government archives.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

U.S. Launches Surveillance Satellite to Monitor Space Junk

There are more than 20,000 pieces of human made debris orbiting the earth, in addition to the 1,000 active satellites (which will eventually become debris). Read more about NASA's plan to monitor orbital debris, otherwise known as Space Junk here:

And their "Greening of Orbital Debris" plan here:

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Moon Solar Station

A "big dream" of the Shimuzu Corporation is to construct an enormous "Luna Ring" solar power generator on the moon. Read about it on their site:

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Spiral Atmospheric Lights over Norway

This interesting light phenomena occurred on Dec. 9, 2009 over Norway. Seen by thousands of people, photographed by many different points of view. Several conflicting theories: an unusual natural phenomena; a wormhole in the fabric of space-time possibly caused by an event at the CERN Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland; a failed Soviet missile launch; an unidentified flying object, or.....? You decide.
Another theory is that the lights originated from the HAARP, the HIPAS facility near Fairbanks, Alaska, or the HAARP antenna site near Tromso, Norway, and relates to human-caused ionospheric heating.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Water on the Moon

Scientists have confirmed that a significant amount of water has been found on the moon, as reported by Anthony Colaprete, an investigator for NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. The Lcross Satellite crashed into a crater near the South Pole of the moon, the impact of which stirred up several gallons of water.

Questions are raised by this discovery, not only about possible life forms past or present; but also, at least to my mind, issues of colonization, ownership & property rights, and whether humans will believe that this is "their" resource to use and or exploit, and if so, which humans? Americans, or all humans?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

300,000 Birds

This is one of the most beautiful videos I've seen.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Excellent Blog About Space is a fabulous blog on which was posted this gorgeous map of Space Exploration, from National Geographic Magazine.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Teenagers take images from space with a camera and balloon
Four Spanish teenagers built a camera-operated weather balloon and sent it into the statosphere!

Chu Yun's Constellation

Dark room installation with many small flashing lights. They are coming from household appliances & electronics in pause or error mode.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Abandoned UFO house in Wanli, Taiwan

Cypherone's amazing flickr set of images of this abandoned UFO-style house in Wanli, which is on the North coast of Taiwan.
See more here:

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mars Exploration Rover's dusty solar panels

The Spirit Mars exploration rover's solar panels are covered with dust as seen in this image. The dust has caused the rover to travel only one hour per day before having to spend and additonal day charging it's batteries.

NASA evidence of Past Life on Mars

Moller Skycars

Paul Moller speaks on TED about his flying cars
Moller Skycar Website

Experimental French multiplane, 1890's

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Satellite Collision Creates Tons of New Space Junk

New Scientist reported on February 12, that two space satellites smashed into each other on Tuesday in an unprecedented orbital accident. Government agencies are still assessing the aftermath, but early radar measurements have detected hundreds of pieces of debris that could pose a risk to other spacecraft. As first reported by CBS News, a defunct Russian Cosmos satellite and a communication satellite owned by the US firm Iridium collided some 790 kilometres above northern Siberia on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009.

"This is the first time that two intact spacecraft have accidentally run into each other," says Nicholas Johnson, chief scientist of NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office in Houston, Texas.

More info at NEW SCIENTIST.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Daniel Wurtzel's Floating World

Brooklyn based artist Daniel Wurtzel makes elegant sculpturesincorporating light weight materials suspended in a column of air. More information at

Saturday, November 22, 2008

(a) gravity weightless narratives

- Cast a meter of ribbon into the air and capture its trajectory and its movement in mid-flight (Tom Marioni)
- Float an object in space (Edith Dekyndt)
- Compare the ratio of weight and volume of a given body and experience the effect of its density (Didier Vermeiren)
- Walk vertically up a wall (Trisha Brown)
- Let oneself tumble and analyze the fall (Yoko Ono)

These are just a few propositions, or experimental methods, that make it possible to test gravity, to extricate oneself from it, or to render weightlessness tangible…
The laws of attraction and gravity invisibly govern the movement of the world and the elements: the incessant ebb and flow of the tides, the revolution of the planets. The universe is thus defined by its equilibrium of opposing forces. These imperceptible phenomena determine and delimit our way of being in the world, our dislocations, and irrevocably bind us to the earth.
From the fantasies of flying or floating (as revealed by the sublimity and pathos of Gino de Dominicis' attempt to transform himself into a man-bird, or by Yves Klein's angelic leap suspended in mid-air), to the philosophies of religious or metaphysical transcendence, humanity has aspired to elevation and desired to be free from alienation of and subjugation to gravity… Including the contemporary demand for lightness, from "lite" food to our relations to others, passing through the domain of thought…
This physical and existential dialectic, which is in a permanent state of oscillation between height and willful falling, drives us to explore the limits of balance and these opposing forces.
Vertigo, floating, rocking, inversion of perception, power, and tension are some key words to help guide the viewer through the exhibition which makes light of gravity in order either to subvert it or to make us experience it, in the lightness of dust as well as in the imposing physical presence of a ton of weight "suspended" in the air.

ACCESS / 49 NORD 6 EST - Frac Lorraine, 1bis rue des Trinitaires, F-57000 Metz

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Integratron

In 1947 George van Tassel, a former aircraft mechanic and flight inspector for Howard Hughes, moved to Landers, California where he purchased “Giant Rock,” a massive 7 story freestanding boulder. With the intent of launching a tourist attraction, van Tassel opened a café and airport near the rock, which happened to be a sacred site revered by the Native Americans. Years before, a prospector named Frank Critzer excavated a series of tunnels and caves beneath the sacred rock. Critzer was considered somewhat of an eccentric, and as he was a German immigrant “mining” beneath the Rock during World War II, he came to be suspected a spy. He was tragically killed in a police siege at the base of the Rock in 1942. Van Tassel occasionally worked with Critzer in his uncle’s garage and learned of Giant Rock through him.
After acquiring the site, van Tassel began to regularly meditate within Critzer’s caves. In 1951 he claimed that during meditation he had “astrally projected” to an alien spaceship orbiting the earth, where he met the omnipotent Venusians (travelers from the planet Venus). Purportedly, after several “astral” visitations, the beings from the “Council of the Seven Lights” visited him on earth and instructed him to build a structure to “extend human life.”

Van Tassel began building a wood and fiberglass structure that he deemed “The Integratron.” The design was based upon a domed machine he allegedly encountered while aboard the Venusian flying saucer. Van Tassel proposed that the Giant Rock site was a powerful vortex, and that a domed building would concentrate the earth’s natural energy. Human visitors could harness this energy and focus their own electrical forces to create “resonance” and recharge their cells like a battery. He did warn his followers to exercise caution when telepathically communicating with the “Space Brethren” inside the Integratron ….due to the potential of over-stimulation resulting in spontaneous human combustion.

Van Tassel founded a research organization known as the “Ministry of Universal Wisdom,” and began hosting an annual UFO conference called the Giant Rock Spacecraft Convention (1953-1978). Needless to say his airport and café were never more successful. He continued to make slight alterations on the structure until his death in 1978.

Post: In the early spring of 2002, Giant Rock split in two. The structure now exists as a roadside tourist attraction, though there have been several proposals to convert it into a Joshua Tree disco. A loosely organized UFO-cult called the Ashtar Command now claims to have resumed van Tassel’s original vision.

Astronaut Loses Tool Bag in Space

Not the first incident of space junk, that's for sure. Here's an amusing article from the AP. A spacewalking astronaut has had a grease gun erupt in her bag, and the tote has drifted off into space. Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper (stef-uh-NIHshun PIE-pur) was wiping the grease off her spacesuit Tuesday when she accidentally let go of the bag outside the international space station. The bag floated off, and the astronauts were not able to do anything about it. She was on the spacewalk with Stephen Bowen. He had his own tool bag with another grease gun, putty knife and oven-like terry cloth mitts. They are using those tools to wipe away metal grit from a clogged joint at the space station. Mission Control says the spacewalk will continue as planned, and that the two astronauts will share tools.

This reminds me of a camera an astronaut lost in space:

Monday, October 27, 2008


Of course JODI would do something this cool.
Visit their multiverse at:

JODI (, the wild Belgian-Dutch pioneer dopplegangers of Net Art, explore the relations between the constructed world of the Internet hybridized with mental maps and physical maps. GoogleMaps has radically changed our perception and global worldviews through it's commercial multi-user surface. JODI has recreated the 'Parc Royal' of Brussels (Warande Park) by by mapping geometrical constructs gleaned from Goolge Earth onto reality thus revealing symbols and mysteries, amplifying and deconstructing these manifestations as INFO PARK, an associative agglomeration of data.

From the press release for the show at IMAL, Center for Digital Cultures and Technologies:
For centuries, geometry has been overloaded with symbols, starting from pure mathematical objects to esoteric and mystic signs, hiding in complex figures meanings to be revealed to the gurus, the persons in the know or the psychedelic explorers. Geometrical shapes and lines were drawn on the territories, the cities, the architectures and the monuments or the crop fields. The Royal Parc of Brussels is a well known example with its triangle + circle = Masonic compass. JODI is connecting this long tradition of tracing geometry on the ground with the new geometries one can draw on the surface of the Earth as proposed by online tools such as Google Maps and Google Earth. Of course, the duo of artists draws in a pure JODI style: hectic and free traces resulting from extreme coding and hacking. As they always did since their first web pages in 1995, JODI uses the codes of Internet (e.g. html) and the codes inside the computers (binary) as their artistic material. They paved the way for Net Art and renewed Computer Arts as much as Nam June Paik opened new fields for video art. But the work of JODI plays also with the processes of coding/decoding, of deciphering cryptic data in a chaotic surface. Messages are hidden, only visible to the ones who will dare to dig into the code (see In the exhibition GEOGOO (Info Park), many things can be constructed into meanings, it just depends on you and your capacity to disconnect and reconnect: the radial glimpses of the sunshines in the video, the 3 DJ turntables laid on a perfect triangle at the visitor's disposal (backmasking!), the jogging walks through Brussels roundabouts. And if you can not reconfigure, just contemplate, it is beautifully rewarding.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Misty's Disappearance

Misty's Disappearance, by Eve Andree Laramee
/seconds #8 Edited by Peter Lewis

Here's a link to a project I have in the online journal "slashseconds" #8. The issue, "Vanishing Point: The Vicious and Virtuous Circle" focuses on works inspired by the 1971 film Vanishing Point, directed by Richard Sarafian, a quintessential road film. To view the project online:
Misty's Disappearance, by Eve Andree Laramee
My project, Misty's Disappearance, is a photo-text piece that is in response the true story of a woman who stole the last running Dodge Challenger used in the film, and drove off into the Mojave Desert. My fictionalization retells the story from her perspective, giving it a different ending than in reality. Each page is clickable, so you can read the text in an enlarged format.

I wish to thank Richard C. Sarafian, director, and Dennis J. Parrish, art director and prop master, for kindly sharing their experiences and memories by telephone on June 30, 2008. They spoke candidly about the making of the film, and the incident when the last running Dodge Challenger was stolen by a woman who drove off with it into the desert. I learned of this event by way of Sarafian’s audio commentary on the 2003 UK DVD release where he states: “Finally we had only one car left, and what happened, there was a lady, or we’ll call her a hooker, that the crew thought they sort of saved from a local hook joint, and she was traveling with the crew, and the word came back that Misty took off with our only car. The state police tracked her down in a helicopter, we were late that morning to work, but we got the car back. And we often talk about Misty. I don’t know where she is now.” In the telephone conversation with Sarafian, he said that after Misty spent the evening with several men on the crew, possibly at the Mitzpah Hotel in Tonapah, she stole the keys from one of them, and was eventually tracked down by helicopter at the California Border. Parrish has a slightly different account of the event: he does not remember the woman’s name but is certain that Misty is incorrect. He did confirm that a woman by another name, who was well known to the crew, did in fact steal the last running Challenger, and was apprehended by the California Highway Patrol in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area two or three days later. Parish too said he did not know where Misty was now, or if she is still alive. He said, Sarafian “took it all in stride finding the event hilarious,” and that any other director would be furious and screaming, but he accepted it as part of the extended story. They both described the weeks during which the film was shot as a series of magical surreal, moments in time, and remarked on the metaphysical and spiritual subtext of the film and how this quality significantly sets it apart from other road films of the era.

My project is a fictionalization of Misty/Desirée’s point of view of the car theft. Rather than interpreting her story as a crime, or a reversal of loss, or worse a disaster, I seek to create a fictional terrain: geographic, psychological and cognitive, in which the reader/viewer imagines the days of her disappearance. The intention is to provide “Misty” with an escape into an alternative history and an alternative future, had her luck or circumstances been different. I delight in the fact that Sarafian saw her actions as a “perfectly surreal event” in relation to the film. My project opens up a space for Misty’s release: she makes her get away, was not apprehended, the crew cheers her on, there are no surveillance helicopters, no California Highway Patrolmen, only her own psychological complexities to deal with. She makes it to the waters of the Gulf of California, that slip of sea between Baja and mainland Mexico to begin her new life. Ever onward, Misty/Desirée. Plus ultra, more beyond.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Space rock found on collision course with Earth

Astronomers have found an object on a certain collision course with Earth. Fortunately, it is so small it is not expected to cause any damage, burning up in the atmosphere somewhere above northern Sudan in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. It may, however, produce a brilliant 'shooting star'.

More info at NewScientistSpace

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A-10 Sugarbolt III

Graham Coreil-Allen's 2007 proposal.

The “A-10 Sugarbolt III” will be a 1/3rd size interpretation
of the A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support jet used in
both the 1991 and current Iraq wars. The craft will con-
sist of a semi soft, light weight plastic skeleton, wrapped
in a multi-colored skin of grocery bags. A twelve person
support crew will use 10’ PVC poles to float the craft
above their heads. Each wing will carry a “bomb”
carefully designed to drop candy on willing spectators.
During the parade, crew members will turbulently
shake the craft’s wings to activate candy bombing.
In addition, crew members will expand and
collapse the flexible wings depending on parade
conditions. Peace will be achieved through
visual pleasure and oral pacification.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

150 MPH British Steam Powered Car

Unlike a steam locomotive, which uses a steam-powered injector system, the British Steam Car uses compressed-air-powered hydraulics to inject distilled water and pre-prime itself. The water is pumped into the start of 1.86 miles of tubing to develop three megawatts of heat to convert water into 750 F steam. This super-heated “dry” steam is then directed down the car via heavily lagged pipes and two enormous industrial steam valves, which act as throttles, and then into the two-stage turbine. “That’s where we turn pressure into velocity,” says Candy. The steam is injected into the turbine at over two times the speed of sound; under the assault, the turbine revolves at up to 13,000 rpm. The turbine drives the rear wheels via a conventional crown wheel and pinion. The vehicle turns 10.5 gallons of water a minute into super-heated steam at 40 times atmospheric pressure. More information here on the Hacked Gadgets Blog

Monday, August 11, 2008

Flying Art Causes Chaos in Switzerland

I saw this story at

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Marine Worm Jaws = Cutting Edge Aerospace Technology

Researchers in California and New Hampshire report the first detailed characterization of the protein composition of the hard, fang-like jaws of a common marine worm. Their work could lead to the design of a new class of super-strong, lightweight materials for use as construction and repair materials for spacecraft, airplanes, and other applications.
In the new study, Chris C. Broomell and colleagues note that Nereis virens, also known as the sandworm or ragworm, is a burrowing marine worm found in shallow waters in the North Atlantic region. Researchers remain intrigued by the remarkable hardness of its jaws and long pincers, which rivals that of human teeth and exceed the hardness of many synthetic plastics. But little is known about the exact chemical composition of these structures.
Broomell and colleagues collected the jaws of 1,000 worms and analyzed their protein content using high-tech instrumentation. They found that the primary chemical in the jaws and pincers of the worm is a unique protein, named Nereis virens jaw protein-1 (Nvjp-1), which is rich in the amino acid histidine.The researchers also characterized the chemical conditions needed for its formation, such as the presence of zinc, which could allow researchers to create synthetic versions of this super-hard, lightweight material.
Journal reference:
Broomell et al. Cutting Edge Structural Protein from the Jaws of Nereis virens. Biomacromolecules, 2008; 9 (6): 1669 DOI: 10.1021/bm800200a
Adapted from materials provided by American Chemical Society.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

UFOs Invade Seoul

Many lovely blinky lights in the Chungyo-Dong hardware/lighting district of Seoul.

Two more sightings in Seoul

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Faceless "Aliens" Spotted In Crowds

With the blankest of blank expressions on their faces, these mysterious figures have been popping up in the most unlikely of places. The faceless mutants have a penchant for A-list celebrity bashes and have been spotted at Elton John's White tie ball and Harrods summer sale, opened by Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall.
With a membrane of skin stretched tightly over their eyes, noses and mouths, the alien-like figures were most recently snapped 'watching' a match perched on Murray Mount at Wimbledon.
Close inspection of the pictures rules out an alien invasion - small perforations around the eye areas of the masks allow the people beneath to see the world outside. But nobody knows who the faceless figures, who often appear as motionless couples are, or why they are turning up at high profile events.
Theories include the possibilities that they are limelight-seeking pranksters, performance artists or that they are at the centre of a viral marketing campaign for an as-yet unknown product of forthcoming horror film. Speculation has even arisen that the masks hide a pair of well-know faces, fed up with being harrassed by the paparazzi. This faceless figure even has his own driver, fuelling speculation that the man behind the mask may be a celebrity himself. One blogger wrote on the Moue Magazine website: "They probably aren’t just random people off of the street. "If it ends up being a pair of celebrities who have had it with being photographed all of the time and are staging a protest, I vow to support every project they appear on from now on."