Friday, September 26, 2008

"I'm Sorry Dave"

Does anyone remember "2001, A Space Odyssey"? I'm sure if you're old enough you do. The onboard computer named "HAL" decided that the human occupants of the spacecraft were not doing things properly, so he took over, and would no longer listen to their commands. He was a pretty nasty fellow, and didn't mind doing whatever it took to thwart the humans efforts to gain control of the ship. But he was very polite about it - he always said "I'm Sorry Dave" after he did something bad to one of the humans. This picture from NASA reminded me of that - being left adrift in outer space. But its not as bad as it looks -

The suit is actually the world's latest satellite and was launched on Feb. 3, 2006. Dubbed SuitSat-1, the unneeded Russian Orlan spacesuit filled mostly with old clothes was fitted with a radio transmitter and released to orbit the Earth. (Enquiring minds want to know-Where do you find "OLD CLOTHES" in outer space??) If you would like to see a larger picture click here . I'm still working on Monet, but I'm getting closer.
Photos Credit: NASA

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