Aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, astronaut Leland Melvin watches a floating water bubble showing his refracted image, November 2009.

leland melvin is one of my favorites. he played in the NFL before joining the ranks of the astronaut corps.

I love you, Space Queen.

dancing in the moonlight/citylight. per usual.

look up! look up!

july is the best month of the year to stay late in your garden or on your rooftop to gaze at the stars. or better yet, run away for a bit in a dark campsite. warm summer nights are ideal for spotting our nearest celestial neighbors. the milky way will be at its finest - although you’ll need to trade your city skyscrapes for landscapes in order to see ‘em. the great summer triangle made of altair, deneb & vega is also a beautiful sight. so look up! & happy gazing! 


Ruby Keeler - ‘Footlight Parade’ - 1933

self portrait.
lunar cycles. life cycles. ebb, flow & everything.

Astronaut jungle survival training photos! From Retro Space Images, this is a scene from Group 3 Panama survival training in June 1964. Gene Cernan shakes the hand of the local village leader while Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin look on.

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Besides space race, what other aspects of space interest you the most?

that we are part of it…

neil degrasse tyson says it best: 

The most astounding fact is the knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on earth , the atoms that make up the human body are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars when unstable in their later years , collapsed and exploded , scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy. Guts made of carbon , nitrogen , oxygen and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself.These ingredients became part of gas clouds that condensed and collapsed , forming the next generation of solar systems - stars with orbiting planets and the planets now have the ingredients for life. So when I look up at the night sky I know that , yes , we are part of this universe. We are in the universe . But perhaps , more important , that the universe is in us . When I reflect on the fact , I look up - many people feel small , because the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms come from those stars . There is a level of connectivity . That’s really what you want in life . You want to feel connected , want to feel relevant , want to feel like a participant in the goings on and the activities around you. Thats precisely what we are just by being alive.


my name is alana. i like sharing space art & connecting with others. LDL chronicles my exploration of the cosmos one daydream at a time.

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