To say that nothing is true, is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say that everything is permitted, is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic.
This really inspires me. Just the relationship between Hansol and his sister in general. I judged him poorly when I first saw him on SMTM 4, but then I watched the Seventeen project. It was so heartwarming to see someone working hard to make someone else happy and how supportive the other person can be. I’ve seen idols that are motivated and passionate in pursuing their career, but somehow this cut of Vernon saying how he feels sorry for his sister overwhelms me. I’m really touched to see someone willing to go through a hard time for their loved ones. I’m probably exaggerating this because I love my younger sister dearly or I’m just plain emo af, but I just need to let this off my chest. We need more people like Vernon, seriously.
1.) The One
“This is also inside the abandoned power
plant in Budapest. It’s an impressive place, with a huge sense of scale,
abandoned machinery everywhere and a strong, haunting atmosphere. I
felt like I was in a science fiction movie, and wanted to create my own
2.) Lost in Space “This image is the result of 180 kilometres
of off-road driving in the Kazakhstan desert, followed by 45 kilometres
of walking in a highly restricted area. We arrived and there they were;
two relics of the Soviet space race in a huge abandoned warehouse. It
may be the single most epic scene I’ve discovered since picking up a
3.) The Lost Era
“This is the Buzludzha monument itself. I
decided to explore the monument at night, defying the thick fog wrapping
the mountain, to experience a close encounter of the third kind!”
4.) The Mothership
“Linnahall is a former concert hall in
Tallinn, Estonia. With a two minute exposure, I could reveal the
architecture of the place, which otherwise sat in darkness. To me, it
almost looks like a spaceship.”
5.) High Frequency
“This picture was taken in a disused
experimental power facility near Moscow, which was closely guarded by
half a dozen dogs. After a little persuasive discussion, the caretaker
let us in.”
6.) Time Capsule
“In Budapest, I also explored this
derelict train graveyard. Located in the middle of an active train
depot, I felt like a child escaping reality to walk for a few hours in
an imagined world of steel monsters.”
7.) Don’t Fall
“This is a strange structure I found near
Sofia, in Bulgaria. The building seemed to be pulling me in. With this
image, I wanted to express something impossible, like the work of
no sé si mucho o poco
tal vez ambas, me encantas en la mañana cuando despierto y pienso en ti como un acontecimiento interestelar
Me encantas cuando escribes y te muestras al mundo en tu forma más noble, en tu estado más simple, eres lo más puro que le sucede a los ojos de un hombre que en silencio sonríe de euforia por tu bendita existencia
Me encantas y puedo decírtelo sin titubeos ni dudas, como si hubieras hecho un viaje largo y yo te esperara en la sala de siempre
Me encantas porque nunca eres vanidosa, porque tampoco sabes ser falsa, porque cada que me hablas me elevas, me sitúas surfeando entre mareas, por ti Dios a veces baja en forma de pajarillo para contemplarte más de cerca
Eres tan necesaria para prolongar la eternidad que entre labios y dedos muerdo y por eso me encantas
NASA’s Fleet of Planet-hunters and World-explorers
Around every star there could be at least one planet, so we’re bound to find one that is rocky, like Earth, and possibly suitable for life. While we’re not quite to the point where we can zoom up and take clear snapshots of the thousands of distant worlds we’ve found outside our solar system, there are ways we can figure out what exoplanets light years away are made of, and if they have signs of basic building blocks for life. Here are a few current and upcoming missions helping us explore new worlds:
In May 2013, a second pointing wheel on the spacecraft broke, making it not stable enough to continue its original mission. But clever engineers and scientists got to work, and in May 2014, Kepler took on a new job as the K2 mission. K2 continues the search for other worlds but has introduced new opportunities to observe star clusters, young and old stars, active galaxies and supernovae.
Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
Revving up for launch around 2017-2018, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will find new planets the same way Kepler does, but right in the stellar backyard of our solar system while covering 400 times the sky area. It plans to monitor 200,000 bright, nearby stars for planets, with a focus on finding Earth and Super-Earth-sized planets.
Once we’ve narrowed down the best targets for follow-up, astronomers can figure out what these planets are made of, and what’s in the atmosphere. One of the ways to look into the atmosphere is through spectroscopy.
As a planet passes between us and its star, a small amount of starlight is absorbed by the gas in the planet’s atmosphere. This leaves telltale chemical “fingerprints” in the star’s light that astronomers can use to discover the chemical composition of the atmosphere, such as methane, carbon dioxide, or water vapor.
James Webb Space Telescope
Launching in 2018, NASA’s most powerful telescope to date, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), will not only be able to search for planets orbiting distant stars, its near-infrared multi-object spectrograph will split infrared light into its different colors- spectrum- providing scientists with information about an physical properties about an exoplanet’s atmosphere, including temperature, mass, and chemical composition.
Spitzer Space Telescope has been unveiling hidden cosmic objects with its dust-piercing infrared vision for more than 12 years. It helped pioneer the study of atmospheres and weather on large, gaseous exoplanets. Spitzer can help narrow down the sizes of exoplanets, and recently confirmed the closest known rocky planet to Earth.
Analyzing the chemical makeup of Earth-sized, rocky planets with thin atmospheres is a big challenge, since smaller planets are incredibly faint compared to their stars. One solution is to block the light of the planets’ glaring stars so that we can directly see the reflected light of the planets. Telescope instruments called coronagraphs use masks to block the starlight while letting the planet’s light pass through. Another possible tool is a large, flower-shaped structure known as the starshade. This structure would fly in tandem with a space telescope to block the light of a star before it enters the telescope.
All images (except SOFIA) are artist illustrations.