Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Far Side of the World


This is the deck of HMS Surprise, the actual full-rigged sailing ship used in the movie MASTER AND COMMANDER. The movie also used miniatures and a full-scale ship-in-a-tank near Rosarito, Mexico. She was originally named HMS Rose when launched in 1970, and is 179 feet long.
"What an incredible technological age we live in"--a favourite line.
Like many of you, I will be awaiting the shuttle launch with baited breath, and wishing them all Godspeed. Many of us were inspired towards science by dreams of someday travelling the Universe. I hope that today's scientists do not get catty and turn on each other. We need space exploration, manned and unmanned.
In the meantime, there are wonders beyond our dreams. Imagine describing the entire Universe with one equation! Even Captain Picard hadn't discovered that yet. Despite the naysayers, most of the world stands with me in exploring Space.
The photo below was taken by Al Sorkin, who was Master at Arms for the Peter Weir movie. He instructed Russell Crowe and the cast on the finer points of swordplay. I met Al back in May 2005.
The posts will come less often in the next few weeks because I will be VERY far away. More pictures soon!

9 Comments:

Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Lovely surprise!
Borrowed the pic of you atthe helm!
Hope that's ok.

11:20 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

HI Q! No problem borrowing the photos, as long as the source is cited. I should say that being an astronaut requires patience. Are you the "Q" leaving comments at Cosmic Variance? If so, thank you for being a voice of sanity.

3:28 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Louise,
"Q" like "Plato" doesn't like to get "personally" entangled in emotional arguments, but concrete facts in physics, concepts, ideas, economics ...

1:03 AM  
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The photo below was taken by Al Sorkin,
who was Master at Arms for the Peter Weir movie.

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