3 a.m. found me lying on my back on a tennis court, watching the northern sky for the Perseids meteor shower. We saw a handful, and it was good. But it’s also why I’m not writing a longer post.
TPM has the “nine best videos” of the meteor that hit this morning. I listened to this one with headphones the first time, and was jolted out of my seat. I can’t imagine what it was like on the ground: http://youtu.be/MKx97csfPy0 Careful, be sure your volume isn’t turned up.
One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen is this Apollo crew module. It didn’t go to the moon, but was part of a 1973 Skylab mission. Still. It orbited the Earth more than 800 times, and splashed down safely 200 miles off of San Diego. You can see the erosion from the heat of re-entry all around the bottom.