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Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble it, don’t harass them, don’t deprive them of their happiness, don’t work against God’s intent. ~Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
This posting is not about Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. The untimely death of Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, reminded me of his television predecessor, Marlin Perkins and his television program, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. No greater homage can be paid the The Crocodile Hunter than by including him in what must surely be the most exclusive of all Explorers’ Clubs. There can be little doubt that both Marlin Perkins and Jacques Yves Cousteau are waiting to greet Mr. Irwin at the club’s entrance and extend to him all rights and privileges thereof.
Thank you for teaching us, Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter. Every living animal on this earth sheds tears for you this day, especially your beloved crocodiles. May your wife and children find a measure of peace in this time of great sorrow and loss.
Everyone agrees that NASA’s space shuttles are now outdated and also possibly too dangerous for much more use. Likewise, Russia’s fleet of rockets are aging and far from anything resembling 21st century technology. Interestingly, the alternative to both that receives a great deal of attention is the space elevator. This interview with scientists by Ester Dyson and sponsored by GE and CNET, New Ideas That Matter: The Space Elevator, nicely explains what may seem only to be far-distant science fiction, but is supposedly a more realistic goal than was placing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.
Sponsored by Fuji Film and photographed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth From Above gracefully transports viewers to some of the world’s most interesting places. Enjoy the stunning photographs and soothing soundtrack.
At the memorial service for the Columbia space shuttle and its crew of astronauts, Patti Labelle sang “Way Up There”*, a song commissioned by the NASA Art Program. The song was written by Tena R. Clark.
(Comment: Download the 12 Mb video file and keep it. It’s definitely worth having on your hard drive. The video underscores what another great loss Columbia was. We lost a real-life preview of the fictitious Star Trek Enterprise. With the breakup of Columbia, the world lost a crew composed of different nationalities, cultures, races and genders.)
Excerpted from Exploring Space: The Quest for Life to be shown on PBS:
How did life begin? Are we the only intelligent life in the universe? The key to unraveling the mysteries about the origins of life may just exist in space.
“Exploring Space: The Quest for Life” will trace the links between life on Earth and the rest of the universe-in the most realistic but spectacular fashion. Viewers will zoom through space alongside a meteor the size of a small city and learn how millions of years of cosmic activity have helped to create life on our planet.
And here is the show’s trailer.
Quoting from the Frontier Multimedia web site: We believe in the peaceful exploration of space, the advancement of science, and faith in a greater mission for humankind. Through our online multimedia presentations we hope, in our own exceedingly small way, to support and further those beliefs.
Enjoy Frontier’s The Good Earth, a view of Earth from space — seen from a range of satellites, the space shuttle, and the International Space Station. The views are sometimes beautiful — such as clouds streaming past South Georgia Island — and sometimes bizarre, such as the alien landscape of Lake Disappointment, or the inland Mali delta. Teamed with the images is a moving piece of choral music. It features the voices of the Apollo 8 crew from their broadcast of 1968.
Equally stunning is Frontier Multimedia’s Deep Space — a multimedia trip in photographs and music which begins millions of light years into deep space and travels back past galaxies and nebula, radio sources and supernova remnants to our own small planet Earth. It features photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope; the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Kitt Peak National Observatory.