I haven’t seen anyone mention this yet, so I will.
At the beginning of the show, Harry said he basically planned and booked this tour for the purpose of playing the Ryman. He’s been to Nashville to perform now 3 times (March 2012, June 2013 and August 2014) and he’s played the biggest venues in town each time (Bridgestone Arena twice and Nissan Stadium once) and his comment last night meant a lot to me as 1) a Nashvillian who treasures the absolute hell out of that place and 2) a fan who has followed him the last 5 years and seen this meteoric rise he’s been on, but Harry still displayed such reverence for this 2,300 seat venue that used to be a church and community gathering place.
To see him wave that flag again in that place was special to me and countless others, but I think it might have been particularly poignant for him, too.
Go for Venus! Fifty-five years ago this week, Mariner 2, the first fully successful mission to explore another planet launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Here are 10 things to know about Mariner 2.
1. Interplanetary Cruise
On August 27, 1962, Mariner 2 launched on a three and a half month journey to Venus. The little spacecraft flew within 22,000 miles (about 35,000 kilometers) of the planet.
2. Quick Study
Mariner 2’s scan of Venus lasted only 42 minutes. And, like most of our visits to new places, the mission rewrote the books on what we know about Earth’s sister planet.
3. Hot Planet
The spacecraft showed that surface temperature on Venus was hot enough to melt lead: at least 797 degrees Fahrenheit (425 degrees Celsius) on both the day and night sides.
4. Continuous Clouds
The clouds that make Venus shine so bright in Earth’s skies are dozens of miles thick and permanent. It’s always cloudy on Venus, and the thick clouds trap heat - contributing to a runaway “greenhouse effect.”
5. Night Light
Those clouds are why Venus shines so brightly in Earth’s night sky. The clouds reflect and scatter sunlight, making Venus second only to our Moon in celestial brightness.
6. Under Pressure
Venus’ clouds also create crushing pressure. Mariner 2’s scan revealed pressure on the surface of Venus is equal to pressure thousands of feet under Earth’s deepest oceans.
7. Slow Turn
Mariner 2 found Venus rotates very slowly, and in the opposite direction of most planets in our solar system.
8. Space Travel Is Tough
Mariner 2 was a remarkable accomplishment, considering that in 1962 engineers were still in the very early stages of figuring out how operate spacecraft beyond Earth orbit. The first five interplanetary missions launched - by the U.S. and Soviet Union, the only two spacefaring nations at the time - were unsuccessful.
The first (and still incredibly rare) photo of the surface of Venus was taken by the Soviet Venera 9 lander, which survived for a little more than a minute under the crushing pressure and intense heat on the ground.
if u haven’t heard of sleeping at last, they’re this rly cool band with some gr8 songs about space and the planets and all that good shit!!
like literally they are so beautiful and u all should listen to the song of the planet that rules your sign (also listen to ur moon sign planet and ur dominant planet). some of them don’t have lyrics but it’s still so so so rad bc they just fit so well with that planet
Space people are done! These were inspired by Sleeping at Last’s album, Space 1&2. I really recommend it! Such a relaxing album. These will be available as individual prints at SacAnime later this summer!
anamanagutchi | prom night
sleeping at last | venus ✧ daft punk | digital love
✧ lemaitre | day two
✧ purity ring | begin again
✧ hayley kiyoko | sleepover
✧ miami horror | i look to you
✧ madeon | pay no mind
✧ giraffage | be with you
✧ carly rae jepson | higher
✧ walk the moon | shut up and dance with me
✧ ari lennox | bound
✧ ra ra riot | i need your light
✧ pyyramids | invisible scream
Mercury/Katara = Soldier of Water Venus/Ty Lee = Soldier of Beauty Mars/Zuko = Soldier of Flame Jupiter/Azula = Soldier of Thunder Moon/Yue/Suki = Soldier of Love Saturn/Mai = Soldier of Death Uranus/Aang = Soldier of Flight Neptune/Sokka = Soldier of the Sea Pluto/Jet = Soldier of Revolution