And now ’tis man who dares assault the sky . . .
And as we come to claim our promised place,
Aim only to repay the good you gave,
And warm with human love the chill of space.

— Prof. Thomas G. Bergin, Yale University, ‘Space Prober.’ This was the first poem to be launched into orbit about the Earth. It was inscribed on the instrument panel of a satellite called Traac launched from Cape Kennedy on November 15, 1961.

“Space shuttle Endeavour’s launch attempt has been scrubbed due to a low cloud ceiling over Kennedy Space Center.

Managers initially plan for a 24-hour turnaround, but will evaluate tomorrow’s weather before making a final decision. Next possible launch attempt is Monday, Feb. 8 at 4:14 a.m. EST.”

So perhaps tomorrow they will get a new chance. Never in my life I would go into space. I think it is very brave of those people. What if they get a heart attack..

But man has always wanted to fly, get away from the earth.

One of the pioneers in flight was Leonardo da Vinci, he studied the flight of birds and already in 1505 he publiced his Codex about that matter. He was not only a painter, but so much more, for example an engineer who thought of hang gliders and helicopters even!

In the newspaper of Frosch, Vienna, dating June 24, 1709, a wooden Flying Ship is mentioned; this fact is authentic and used in the novel Veritas, by Monaldi & Sorti, 3rd volume of a series of fantastic historical novels. The maker was Bartholomeo Lorenzo de Gusmão (1685-1724) , a Jezuiet priest from Brazil.

Some say it actually flew!

This wish for humans to be in the sky, our envy of birds, is off all times, but never we have been so far as when we reached the moon. No bird ever did THAT!

Good luck to the Shuttle!

Comments on: "Walking in the air – the desire to leave this earth" (12)

  1. There it goes! (The shuttle) I am watching it live.

  2. Wow! You saw it launch while everyone else slept!

    Great article, Ina! Here is a link to a contraption Howard Hughes dreamed up years ago. Lol! It reminds me of the Flying Ship. I saw the Spruce Goose in the early ’80s.

    http://www.air-and-space.com/sprucea.htm

    • Yes I saw it, it is the last of the shuttle flights I hear now as I write.

      Thanks for the link. A wooden airplane, I never knew it existed!

    • Thank you! I wonder what those ufo’s really are. I hope they are from creatures from another world and we may one day actually have them in a tv show lol. 🙂 Gives us something to dream about.

      • The biggest mistake I ever made was going to see the UFO museum…it was soooooooooo hokey! There have been several sightings over the years; in this case, I think it was a weather balloon or enemy aircraft that no one wanted to talk about-especially since WWII had ended.

        • The nicest museum I ever went, was in Whitby in England a few years ago, it had all sorts of stuff, like our local historical museum has. It also exposed a human hand and a nice story about that! We were there on a rainy day, there were few visitors and the people working there (volunteers) were very friendly. Go there when ever you are in the area!
          http://www.whitbymuseum.org.uk/

          Another nice museum I have been to was the Herimitage in Leningrad. But that was in Jan. 1974. And I remember liking the (birth?) house of Charles Dickens in Portsmouth.
          I love musea. I should go see more of them! The last one I went to was the Historical museum in Amsterdam last Summer. Also very nice.

          Just got my book! I ordered yesterday and it is already here, by mail! Only 8,35 euro, not 8,95. I think I won’t be online much today! it looks brand new too. Wow. I am really pleased lol.

        • Enjoy your book! Can’t wait for your Beethoven post!

  3. Great video…thanks for sharing, Ina! I wonder where they are? I’m thinking Cuba or Hawaii.
    They were about to be crop dusted.

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