Saturday, April 30, 2011

Jumping Off a Cliff... into Space


Staying with the space related theme from the previous article, today's post ventures a little bit past Earth's atmosphere to show you the first NASA spacewalk.

The amazing photograph above shows astronaut Ed White, pilot of NASA's Gemini 4 mission, on the first ever US spacewalk or more technically speaking, extra-vehicular activity. This wasn't the first occasion of an EVA as the honor of the first ever space walk goes to cosmonaut Alexey Leonov.

Even without going into details of how this photograph was made, this is an amazing image every time you look at it; a close crop of a free floating spaceman against the darkness of space on one side and the vibrant blue Earth on the other side.

Symbolically speaking, the tether attached to the astronaut looks more like an umbilical cord, and the whole scene is evocative of man's attempt to free itself of the binding ties to its mother Earth. With all of the advancements of man at that time and even with the purportedly coming Singularity a few decades away, the photo somehow shows that humans are still grounded in some way and will never be entirely free of their physical limitation. 

While the image is truly iconic, it is sad to note that astronaut Ed White died in the Apollo 1 cabin fire. The memory of his life and work will live on in this great picture.

This image is also taken from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Photostream. If you want a larger resolution file of this US spacewalk photo, you can find it here.

67 comments:

thenitefalls said...

Just looking at this photo makes me want to go into space!!!!

Astronomy Pirate said...

Another awesome space photo. I never thought about the umbilical cord things before, makes the metaphor between man and Earth even stronger.

Colin Biano said...

It'd be amazing to take pictures in space

I'm sure it'd be pretty hard to do in a spacesuit without a special camera though

Electric Addict said...

that must be the craziest feeling. totally out of this world!

Wintermute said...

thats so sad that he died, at least some nice pictures came from it. Im sure he has no regrets. what a life to live.

Joel C Anatoli said...

What a great photo. I cant imagine whats going through is head right now

Necroticism said...

Those are some big spaceballs. I was going to ask for a higher res... thanks for the link!

Intraman said...

that's kinda scary! so much void...

Jacob said...

must be amazing to float around in the nothingness

Flodström said...

this picture is very beautiful, the blue shade is stunning

Obi-wan Mikenobi said...

I wonder how safe he feels wearing all that gear?

Stare Dad said...

I wonder if one day humanity will ever reach the moon.

fabio_2007 said...

great photo

The Angry Lurker said...

Stunning photo, that takes some grit.

VersionDouble said...

wow fantastic imagery.

KatoFinance said...

Wow your blog is so cool the pictures are always fun to look at!

D4 said...

Wow, that's an amazing picture right there. And yes, I noticed the umbilical-cord look almost instantly. Love the depth of the picture.

mac-and-me said...

amazing shot

ed said...

that pic is very spacey

BTN Hip Hop said...

awesome photo. space, something we will never discover

SirJohnBear said...

What a powerful image. It just shows how far humanity has come in the last couple decades.

notforeverybody said...

awesome photo.. can't stop looking at it..

Maggie said...

that is a beautiful photo. it makes me feel so light <3<3

Malkavian said...

Great photo man thx for the background on the Astronaut also

MRanthrope said...

its so insane when you realize some of the things humanity has accomplished.

Dave said...

What a great picture. Great post.

elexerdelex said...

WOw that is one thing id really like to try!

G said...

awesome pic

ironchefman said...

I do love NASA images. Check http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/index.html for "Great Images in NASA" - some fantastic pictures taken over decades of ambitious space research!

jamiesaur said...

So amazing!

N4M3L3SS said...

pretty unreal man

=dgrphx= said...

amazing picture

Ed said...

Now that would be an awesome photo assignment to be sent on.

DocStout said...

Another great photo with an interesting writeup. Sad to hear about the subject's tragic death.

The Game Store Guy said...

Ahhh...Space. While I encourage and push for space travel and exploration, I know that I will never be one of the people that actually goes UP THERE. Never been a big fan of the whole threat of decompression. :/

Zach said...

Breathtaking shot

Moobeat said...

very cool

Inhia said...

ill just take that...

Mo said...

great shot!

pixel said...

wonder what sorts of cameras they used for these older shots

A Heel in Mint said...

Love your writing and beautiful picture! :)

Heel in Mint

Rob said...

Amazing! Its a breath taking image when you really take the scope of everything about it in.

Dudemeister said...

That picture is haunting me. I can't stop looking at it.

Rachel Neilson said...

That is insane. I could never do that.

Shutterbug said...

Awesome photo!

Team Panda said...

I'm surprised by quality of the photo, Im not a history buff, but i didnt know they had cameras that good back then.

jblogger45 said...

great pic

Bart said...

that is a great pic. i love astronaut pics

Jay Reid said...

Good stuff!

Blog Hunt said...

I want to go to space now!

JFoster said...

Great photo. Love the space theme. Keep em coming...

Lhosreiff said...

Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace!

Jaccstev said...

Wow.. That picture is a good stuff and I'm completely agree that it's truly iconic!

duffboi said...

nice picture. that's gotta take guts. man.

Dootzkie said...

Makes you wonder if we will ever reach any other planet or at least the Moon ;)

Solsby Kid said...

amazing pic!

Banacek said...

There must be something wrong with me because I've never been interested in space stuff.

Kicking Rocks said...

Thats just awesome! I want to go to space!

Trolske said...

Wow, looks like Mr. White having an epic robot hand Oo

**Hype.Planet** said...

Love the picture, very nice!

Reilly said...

Those are great, but you should go more in the direction of robert capa ;) Would be awesome ;)

OatmealStout said...

That's what I thought as well, looks like an umbilical chord.

Laughing Vault said...

i want to be an astronaut :D awesome photo

Venus said...

me too. I want to go into Space. great pic.

Moobeat said...

cool

HiFi said...

Wicked photo

Auto Title Loans said...

This is an amazing photo and then so sad when you read the end of this post. At least he will forever be immortalized with such a shot!
Ava

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