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  Titanic Moon videos of gradual degradationMar 16, 2012 10:19 AM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:NASA just posted two new videos about the Moon, featuring sharp CGI tours of our satellite in space and time, based on high definition Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter imagery. One is about the (theoretical) history of the Moon, and the other show some of the Moon's major surface features; it may sound a little dry but they're pretty well done (and there's a fair deal of water ice in Moon dust, so nyah :P):
 
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A pretty sweet link was shared with me on Google+: dig retronaut.co's collection of Soviet Space Propaganda Posters 1958-1963, complete with text translations. Some great visual design there--those space Soviets had style, I tell ya.
 
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And after I posted that bit about how the Moon sank the Titanic last week, a reader provided me with this interesting link via Twitter: a Smithsonian Magazine online article titled Did the Titanic Sink Because of an Optical Illusion? Hot and cold air meeting, thermal inversion, an illusory horizon line--hm!
 
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And the Titanic never dies! Or so hope, apparently, the people behind the new Titanic-themed attraction in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the ship had its birth in the city's industrial boom years--that would be around 1909, I guess, when the ship's hull was laid down; the slipways built for the construction of the Titanic and her slightly older and smaller sister ship, the Olympic, were, at the time, the largest ever built. Here's the Titanic in her slipway in 1911, ready for launch:
 
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photo by "Robert John Welch (1859-1936), official photographer for Harland & Wolff," [shipbuilders] (source)
 
Anyway back to the present, the new exhibit in Belfast about the ol' ship tells its story in "nine interactive galleries" that seek to recreate the sites and sounds of significant scenes in the ship's history. They also have an "exploration centre" showing footage of the wreckage on the sea floor, tracking "ongoing research on the wreck's gradual degradation."
 
Nothing beats video footage of gradual degradation for thrills! Check it out if you're in Ireland maybe!
 
 
 
 
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