My Life - The Mad Doctor - 1933
Today at 3:35 p.m. EST (4:35 a.m. Sunday, Beijing time), the Chinese Chang’E 3 lander lowered its rover to the moon’s surface. A CCTV television broadcast depicted recorded footage of the rover, called “Yutu” (“Jade Rabbit”), rolling off the lander’s sleds, trundling into the lunar dust. Read more
(Awesome GIFs courtesy of VidOrbital!)
Aerial Photographs on a Kite | Gerco de Ruijter
Ruijter captures graphic and striking aerial photos by stringing up a film camera with a wide-angle lens on either a 30-foot fishing pole or a kite that glides 150 feet above the ground. He then triggers the shutter with a simple remote control. Everything else — the aperture, shutter speed and focal length — are dialed in ahead of time. He must rely on his instincts to frame the image from the ground.
“Sometimes it’s very rewarding, sometimes very difficult,” says Ruijter. “I’m just trying to look for differences in this small pool that I’m fishing in.”
Google Doodle celebrating the birthday of computer scientist Grace Hopper (1906-1992).
Grace was teaching math at Vassar College when she joined the Naval Reserves in 1943 at age 37. When she finally retired fully in 1986, she was the oldest member of the US armed forces. During her long career, Grace led the team that created the programming language COBOL. COBOL allows computers to communicate using language in addition to numbers. Grace also coined the phrase “debug” for fixing computer glitches after a moth flew into her machine and upset the system. She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Check the Google homepage to see the animated version of the Doodle.