here are a few sketches I’ve been doing recently :) the Geisha one is with the theme “Orange geisha”
“Voyager cost each American less than a penny a year from launch to Neptune encounter.” – Carl Sagan, ‘Pale Blue Dot’
Today, 37 years following Voyager 2’s launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in 1977, the probe continues to string information back to Earth via the Deep Space Network, albeit being nearly 15,700,000,000 kilometres away. While its transmissions are faint, reflecting its distance from its homeport, Voyager 2 remains as the longest operating of all of NASA’s existing space probes.
While its trajectory would eventually take the space probe past Uranus and Neptune, Voyager 2’s initial funding was meant purely for the space probe’s flyby studies of Jupiter and Saturn, and not for surveying these outer planets. This aside, Voyager 2’s flight path was selected from 10,000 proposed trajectories to preserve the option of studying the outer solar system if funding could be attained.
Some of this celebrated space probe’s highlights include being the only probe to have visited all four outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, expanding our understanding of Saturn’s complex ring system, and discovering Neptune’s “Great Dark Spot”.
Celebrate the longevity of Voyager 2 by writing to Congress to let them know you support doubling funding for NASA:http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/
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Victorian Cinquedea Dagger
- Provenance: The William Ashby Collection
The Cinquedea (“five fingers”, in reference to the blade width) was a popular civilian sidearm originating in Northern Italy circa 1525-1550. This is a Victorian example measuring 22 3/4 inches overall, the blade is 17 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide across the base, with ten fullers on each side, arranged in four expanding rows from tip to base, the last two rows on each side are decorated with golden scroll and leafy vine patterns, extending 9 inches upward, surrounding a 2 inch wide scene of a Greco-Roman deity on each side.
One side features Jupiter/Zeus sitting in his chair, lightning clenched in his fist, while Aquila, the eagle responsible for carrying and guarding the bolts, looks on. The reverse shows Pluto/Hades seated on a throne with a scroll in his hand, while Cerberus, the 3-headed guard dog of the underworld, is seated beside him and a cypress tree in the background. The gold decoration continues on the guard and pommel, with a pair of smooth ivory grip panels fitted with cut-through metal disc accents.
— Jehan Choo