Wednesday, January 29, 2014

This day in history: Challenger Explosion

Space Shuttle Challenger was NASA's second Space Shuttle orbiter to be put into service, Columbia having been the first. The shuttle was built by Rockwell International's Space Transportation Systems Division in Downey, California. Its maiden flight was on April 4, 1983, and it completed nine missions before breaking apart 73 seconds after the launch of its tenth mission, on January 28, 1986, resulting in the death of all seven crew members.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Close up of a match burning in ultra slow motion

This is a macro sequence of a match burning. It was shot at 4000 frames per second. As you can see this is an extremely tight shot. There was over 2000 watts of light within 4 inches (10 CM) of the match, with mirrors and reflectors too.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Amazing cantilever bridge in the Netherlands!

The Slauerhoff Bridge is a fully automatic tail bridge in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. It uses two arms to swing a section of road in and out of place within the road itself. It is also known as the “Slauerhoffbrug ‘Flying’ Drawbridge”. A tail bridge can quickly and efficiently be raised and lowered from one pylon (instead of hinges). This allows boats to pass quickly while only briefly interruppting the flow of traffic.