the rover

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I recently had the amazing opportunity to work with some very interesting historical media. A retired NASA engineer friend contacted me having found a box of photographic films in his desk drawer.  Turns out the box contained two partial rolls and several cut slides of 70mm film from the 1971 Apollo 15 mission!  What a find!

According to my engineer friend, these are not unpublished images. They are, however original films from the customized Hasselblad EDC (Electronic Data Cameras) medium format cameras used on the lunar surface, and include numerous images of the astronauts, the Lunar Module — the “Falcon” (LM-10), and Lunar Rover (LRV).  There are also multiple images from orbit featuring the Command Module – Endeavor (CM-112).  As a photographer, I found it interesting
that there is one image showing the camera mounted on a bracket on the chest of the astronaut’s space suit.  The cameras were essentially point and shoot – whichever direction the astronaut was pointed, it shot.

Apollo 15 Scans-JCHP-0006The actual composition of the film remains something of a mystery, but was reportedly a custom Ektachrome formulation that Kodak developed for the NASA missions.  The 70mm sprocketed film was thinner than typical film – allowing for more frames per roll. (Imagine trying to change film in a space suit).  The team took multiple cameras to the moon, but brought back only the expended film magazines.  The actual camera bodies were left behind to conserve weight on the return voyage.

There were a few challenges in photographing the film. The film was in pretty good shape for having been stored in a box in a desk drawer for 40+ years.  It has a heavy blue-ish color cast.  I’m not certain if that’s a function of age, or something unique to the particular film stock.  So it required some significant color correction in post.

Film Digitizing Setup-JCHP-6373I digitized the film with a Nikon D810 DSLR / 105 macro lens combo and an LED light panel.  I considered scanning, but the scanner’s 60mm medium format negative carrier would not accommodate the slightly wider 70mm film.  However, with a little trial and error, and the help of my son’s 3D printer, I was able to create a film holder to fit the NASA film that enabled me to capture the entire width / frame numbers, film stock info, etc. This worked great for most of the film, but was not usable with the cut frames since there was no glass to keep them flat.  For those remaining images, I purchased a piece of anti-newton glass, and was able to sandwich them between the glass and the LED panel.

How these treasures ended up in my friend’s desk drawer at NASA may never be determined.  But the fact that they’ve been to the moon and back makes this film just about the coolest thing I’ve ever had my hands on

This is it, y'all.
The beginning of history.

I am 13,789 words into my first fantasy novel. I plan on writing at least six different stories, some which may become sagas or triologies, all heavily featuring LGBT main characters.

As a bisexual woman, I do love what literature we have, but too many focus on the coming out process/ anxiiety-inducing closet life. And not that those types of stories are helpful to many, I just think it’s time where LGBT literature also has many books where the characters are already out and slaying dragons, shooting outlaws in the wild West, and traveling in space. We deserve cool stories where the social inequalities we suffer against are pretty much nonexistent. I think may LGBT readers will healthily benefit from reading books where they don’t have to worry about the stress they feel in the real world creeping into their books.

I’m sure there are LGBT books like this already, I just really want to contribute to that portion of our literature more.

But yes. You saw it here first folks. Follow me now, because one day…. one day I’m gonna be big lol

No queerbating, no “subtext only”. Real LGBT characters in established relationships or obviously pining for each other. These books are for you. For once.

Because we deserve real stories, not background subtleties.

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Robert Pattinson is building an impressive filmography

It’s already trite to say Robert Pattinson has surpassed his Twilight stardom and become a remarkable actor. Pattinson chooses his directors wisely. This year alone, he is promoting movies by James Gray, Josh and Ben Safdie and the Zellner brothers. The films by the Safdies and Zellners are strongly expected to premiere at Cannes, a festival where Pattinson is a welcome face.

In the 4 years since the Twilight franchise ended, Pattinson has had 9 films in theaters, to much critical acclaim, working with such vaunted directors as David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars), David Michod (The Rover), Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert), Anton Corbijn (Life), James Gray (The Lost City of Z), and award-winning edgy young director, Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader, winner of two Golden Lions at the Venice Film Festival for Best Film and Best Director).

Pattinson came in at #9 on IMDB’s list of “Top 25 Stars of All Time,” showing he’s lost none of his popularity since Twilight ended. It’s also significant to note that most of these films were able to go into production based on Rob’s participation, and without him, they wouldn’t have been made. Pattinson has the career any actor his age would envy, and his future looks bright indeed, with a new film, High Life, helmed by revered French director Claire Denis, to go into production later this year.