NASA astronauts Wiseman and Gerst are currently performing their first space walks. Hurtling through the void of space
Wiseman and Gerst Spacewalk Oct 7, 11:28:46 a.m.
at 17,150 mph – 205 miles above Earth. I snapped this screenshot just moments ago from their live broadcast in HD!
It’s hard to believe that there are actually people performing this extreme-tinkering on the largest man-made structure built outside of the Earth at this very moment. They are currently riding a robotic arm replacing external lights on the space station. These live broadcasts go great with some Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky (2001 A Space Odyssey replaying in my head) I highly recommend this if you have some extra time. It’s just something I had to share.
Everyone can watch them live here and listen to the dialog between ground control and Major Tom with multi-camera angle HD video streams:
They also have a schedule of their upcoming/previous broadcasts if you want to see what else they’re doing. Go USA.
First, lets do some simple googe-scence calculations. How big is the main Star Wars galaxy compared to the Milky Way? And is extragalactic travel really possible? According to Starwars.wikia., the galaxy is 120,000 light years wide, whereas the Milky Way (setting of Star Trek) is only 100,000 light years. So therefore even if nobody from either series left their home galaxies but traveled across their own, Star Wars Wins by 20,000 light years.
In the Star Wars series there is the idea that, “somehow there is some kind of “disturbance/turbulence” in the space between galaxies that makes travel between them impossible.” And apart from the few who attempted extragalactic travels never returned. ~ wookieepedia.
Now for the question, did anyone leave their home galaxies? well, the trekkies seem to be at a disagreement about the enterprise leaving the Milky Way. In Star Trek, there are some who remember, “in the original series, The Enterprise was hijacked by an alien couple who altered the ship in some way so that it could break through “The Galactic Barrier” and go to Andromeda. It did break through the barrier, so technically it did leave the galaxy, but Kirk and the crew got control back before it went to the next galaxy.” And also, ” once you leave our galaxy, thoughts become undistinguishable from reality, or some such. :smack:I got the impression it was a matter of leaving the known universe, not just the galaxy. To a region where the laws of physics are different.” ~ Der Trihs & Varlos Z from boards.straightdope.
In conclusion, the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way is the Andromeda galaxy which is 2,500,000 light years away. So in both series they are both quite accurate that extragalactic travel is impossible. So because the Star Wars galaxy is larger, I deam Star Wars the greatest galaxy travelers. Sorry Trekkies.
Ok if you’ve ever been to Europe and you’re a light beer drinker, you probably had Carlsberg at some point. When I think Carlsberg I think the UK because that’s the first place I had it. But I’m from the US so what do I know? It’s a Danish beer and it’s awesome. One of my favorite cheap Lagers on the east coast is Yuengling, and it claims to be the oldest brew in America clockin’ in at 1829. Carlsberg comes in second at 1847, but wins in my book because of this picture.
Carlsberg on the Moon
Not just because it’s a fantastic scifi-lookin’ planet wallpaper that matches my current phone and computer wallpapers perfectly. But because it subtly advertises one of my favorite beers on the other side of the world. Which for me right now feels like the distance to the dark side of the moon. So well done Neil. That’s exactly what I would do if I traveled to the Moon bro.
What’s more travel inspiring than the epic beauty of the Lord of the Rings sets? Filmed entirely in New Zealand, the trilogy truly inspires travel. How do I know this? Because I’m one of those guys wishing he could walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (the actual 17km path Frodo & Sam took from the Shire to Mordor) and snap some selfies with elves in Rivendale. I also know that in 2004 $32.8 million spent by tourists in New Zealand & 6% of everyone traveling to New Zealand came solely to experience the one and only, Middle Earth. Imagine how much that’s skyrocketed in the last 10 years!
Air New Zealand
Also Air New Zealand plastered Lord of the Rings images all over their planes. They now have a massive jet with Smaug on it. So if you see a ferocious dragon flying through the air, don’t worry. It’s just Air New Zealand.