Sexta-feira, 21 de Junho de 2013

 

 

Hoje começa o Verão no Hemisfério Norte!

 

Terá início às 6h30m, Hora Legal de Portugal Continental, ou seja, UTC+1.

 

 

 

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SOLSTÍCIO DE VERÃO 2013

 

 

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Ó tu, que percorres nossos vales, com
Tua força, detém teus violentos corcéis, amaina as flamas
Que se arrojam por suas imensas narinas! Tu, Ó Verão,
Várias vezes aqui erguestes tua tenda dourada, pois muito
Temos dormido sob nossos carvalhos, contemplando
Com alegria teus rubros membros e tua opulenta cabeleira.
Nas paragens mais sombrias, muitas vezes escutamos
Tua voz, quando o sol sobre seu carro abrasador,
Percorre as profundezas do céu; Na beira de nossas fontes
Senta-te, e em nossos vales musgosos, à beira
De um cristalino regato, despe a tua túnica de
Seda e lança-te à corrente:
Nossos vales veneram o Verão em sua glória.
Nossos bardos, que tangem a corda de prata, são famosos
Nossa juventude é mais audaz que a do sul
Nossas donzelas são mais vivazes nas danças alegres
Não nos faltam canções ou instrumentos de prazer,
Nem doces ecos, nem águas claras como o céu
Nem coroas de louros frente teu calor sufocante.
 

 
 
William Blake, Ao Verão

 

 

 

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Domingo, 16 de Junho de 2013

 

 

Valentina Tereshkova

 

At the age of 26,  she was the first woman in Space.

 

 

 

 

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First woman in space: Valentina

 

 

Valentina Tereshkova
 
 
 
16 June 2013
 
 

Valentina Tereshkova was born in Maslennikovo, near Yaroslavl, in Russia on 6 March 1937. Her father was a tractor driver and her mother worked in a textile factory. Interested in parachuting from a young age, Tereshkova began skydiving at a local flying club, making her first jump at the age of 22 in May 1959. At the time of her selection as a cosmonaut, she was working as a textile worker in a local factory.

After the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin, the selection of female cosmonaut trainees was authorised by the Soviet government, with the aim of ensuring the first woman in space was a Soviet citizen.

On 16 February 1962, out of more than 400 applicants, five women were selected to join the cosmonaut corps: Tatyana Kuznetsova, Irina Solovyova, Zhanna Yorkina, Valentina Ponomaryova and Valentina Tereshkova. The group spent several months in training, which included weightless flights, isolation tests, centrifuge tests, 120 parachute jumps and pilot training in jet aircraft.

Four candidates passed the final examinations in November 1962, after which they were commissioned as lieutenants in the Soviet air force (meaning Tereshkova also became the first civilian to fly in space, since technically these were only honorary ranks).

Originally a joint mission was planned that would see two women launched on solo Vostok flights on consecutive days in March or April 1963. Tereshkova, Solovyova and Ponomaryova were the leading candidates. It was intended that Tereshkova would be launched first in Vostok 5, with Ponomaryova following her in Vostok 6.

However, this plan was changed in March 1963: Vostok 5 would carry a male cosmonaut, Valeri Bykovsky, flying the mission with a woman in Vostok 6 in June. The Russian space authorities nominated Tereshkova to make the joint flight.

 

 

Flight of the ‘Seagull’

 

Valentina Tereshkova
 
 

After watching the launch of Vostok 5 at Baikonur Cosmodrome on 14 June, Tereshkova completed preparations for her own flight. On the morning of 16 June, Tereshkova and her backup Solovyova both dressed in spacesuits and were taken to the launch pad by bus. After completing checks of communication and life support systems, she was sealed inside her spacecraft. 

After a two-hour countdown, Vostok 6 lifted off without fault and, within hours, she was in communication with Bykovsky in Vostok 5, marking the second time that two manned spacecraft were in space at the same time. With the radio call sign ‘Chaika’ (‘seagull’), Tereshkova had become the first woman in space. She was 26. 

Tereshkova’s televised image was broadcast throughout the Soviet Union and she spoke to Khrushchev by radio. She maintained a flight log and performed various tests to collect data on her body’s reaction to spaceflight. Her photographs of Earth and the horizon were later used to identify aerosol layers within the atmosphere.

Her mission lasted just under three days (two days, 23 hours, and 12 minutes). With a single flight, she had logged more flight time than the all the US Mercury astronauts who had flown to that date combined. Both Tereshkova and Bykovsky were record-holders. Bykovsky had spent nearly five days in orbit and even today he retains the record for having spent the longest period of time in space alone.

 

 

[Article from ESA]

 

 

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 Valentina Tereshkova First Woman in Space
 
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Quinta-feira, 13 de Junho de 2013

 

 

A cidade egípcia perdida há 1200 anos foi finalmente encontrada.

 

 

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HERACLEION_0

 

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HERACLEION_1

 

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HERACLEION_2
 
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 Heracleion excavations, ©Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation

 

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 Heracleion excavations 2, ©Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation
 
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Chuva3
 
 MAMIHLAPINATAPAI 1

 

 

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Mamihlapinatapai

 

 

Word derived from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego.

 

 It refers to "a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other will offer something that they both desire but are unwilling to suggest or offer themselves."

 

A slightly different interpretation of the meaning also exists:

"It is that look across the table when two people are sharing an unspoken but private moment. When each knows the other understands and is in agreement with what is being expressed. An expressive and meaningful silence."

 

 

 

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Quarta-feira, 12 de Junho de 2013

 

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KOI NO YOKAN

 

 

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Koi No Yokan

 

Japanese expression.

The sense one can have upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love. Differs from “love at first sight” as it does not imply that the feeling of love exists, only the knowledge that a future love is inevitable.

 

 

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Terça-feira, 11 de Junho de 2013

 

 

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OUT THERE

 

 

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Thought you had
all the answers
to rest your heart upon.
But something happens,
don't see it coming, now
you can't stop yourself.
Now you're out there swimming...
In the deep.
In the deep.

Life keeps tumbling your heart in circles
till you... Let go.
Till you shed your pride, and you climb to heaven,
and you throw yourself off.
Now you're out there spinning...
In the deep.
In the deep.
In the deep.
In the deep.

And now you're out there spinning...
And now you're out there spinning...
In the deep.
In the deep.
In the deep.

In the silence,
all your secrets, will
raise their worried heads.
Well, you can pin yourself back together,
to who you thought you were.
Now you're out there livin'...
In the deep.
In the deep.
In the deep.

In the deep...

Now you're out there spinning...
Now you're out there swimming...
Now you're out there spinning...
In the deep.
In the deep.
In the deep.
In the deep...
Bird York, In the Deep 
 

Bird York, In the Deep 
 

 

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