Thursday, May 03, 2007

Float. Float on.


I love this picture of Professor Hawking looking so happy at zero g. You can see the genuine thrill on his face and zero g seems to relax rather than constrict his usually contorted body and features. It's a great photo. It was his greatest desire to experience space and I am so glad that he managed it and obviously enjoyed it so much.

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Blogger Annie said...

Awww! Cute photo

6:28 am  
Blogger Istvanski said...

Yes - Good for Prof for experiencing this.

This zero g thing was used in the filming of Moonraker. It's in the scene where they are all floating around in the spaceship. Taking and filming the cast up in a plane that reached a certain altitude as it flew over earth at a certain angle was how they got those scenes of weightlessness. This was of course in the days before CGI.

It's amazing what my art teacher used to go on about.

7:40 am  
Anonymous Jimmy Page's Trousers said...

Hawkers rocks.

Some day, I'm going to buy another of his books so I don't look like one of those band-wagon-jumping people that just have A Brief History of Time on their shelves. Another one would prove that I'm intelligent. I can even bend the spine out to make it look like its been read.

7:52 am  
Blogger Clair said...

That is the very definition of happiness *sniff*.

4:20 pm  
Anonymous rivergirlie said...

great, isn't it? he looks quite seraphic

9:25 pm  
Blogger Pod said...

what a pure expression of joy. he lloks so cheekily happy and full of grin i almost shed a happy tear. when i went to comment i somehow clicked on that photo of you and suddenly the lifesize face of romo filled my screen. i almost fell out of bed!
have a cool weekend
;0p

9:31 pm  
Blogger Pod said...

ps. is that lady beneath him you? have you touched his clever bottom?

9:32 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Annie - I know - it's wonderful

Ister - that's interesting - what was that to do with an art lesson? Drawing things floating in space? That reminds of one of the worst xmas presents a few years ago - a biro designed by nasa that you could write with even at zero g. Useful!

Jimmy Pages Troosers - I have read two Hawking books and remember enjoying them immensely but as dear old Jif once pointed out to me - I didn't grasp most of what was being discussed at all and in fact misunderstood the bit about infinite horizons or something like that.....mumble...mumble (puts book back in bookcase well thumbed)

Clair - Welcome to Romoworld. Everybody say hello to Clair. Yes - very emotional all round isn't it for lots of reasons

Rivergirlie - yes - it's fab

Pod - you are so right. Sorry - did you get a special romo deathstare by mistake?! I bet that woke you up! No - I've never touched Hawking's bottom but I'm sure it's very nice.

12:40 am  
Blogger Istvanski said...

We weren't drawing anything space related in the lesson at all. Our art teacher just loved to talk as we were getting on with it.

We used to be taken to the local picture house once a year as a sort of pre-xmas treat, and we ended up watching 'Moonraker'.

That NASA biro would've come in handy for Mr Spiritualized perhaps...in fact, any biro would've done. At least you could use it to write with it if you're upside down at the time (ie: on the way down from a bungee jump).

6:21 am  
Blogger rockmother said...

Ister - your art teacher sounds great. We used to have one who was a real hippy and used to take over and finish your painting or drawing for you - really frustrating. We once found a pair of mens y-fronts in her bag. She was a bit of a soap-dodger I seem to recall. Mind you - I'm sure we were a nightmare to teach.

1:03 pm  
Blogger Istvanski said...

Used men's y-fronts in her bag? Euargh! Any skids?

Still, not as bad as the time my mate and I went carol singing one xmas time.

A rather odd looking lady opened the door, we start singing and then she hops off to get the reward. The front door slowly opened ajar to reveal...a used sanitary towel lying on the floor in the halway.
We made our excuses and left very quickly.

7:49 pm  
Blogger Istvanski said...

PS - what were you doing going through your teacher's bag, hmmm?

8:04 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Ister - oh YUCK. That's horrid! I personally didn't go through my teacher's bag but some other badder girls than me did and told me. Ask Miss Adventure - I'm sure it was her that told me!

10:02 pm  
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