Now THAT’S Different!

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Art.  I rather like it.  Some things that are called “art” don’t really appeal to me at all, but that’s OK.  I am sure that some of the pictures I take are really disliked by others.  I can live with that.

Every now and then you run across something that’s rather different…and I like that.  It’s funny…when it comes to food, I’m not very adventurous, but I can get tired of the same old “art” or style of things.  I think it is good to change things up a bit now and then.  It adds balance and some perspective to life, otherwise we get locked in and stop growing.

At the flea market this past Saturday, we saw the creations that are in today’s photo.  I’m not really sure what to call them.  I guess that they were glass “flowers”…literally made out of glasses and plates.  My first impression was that they were supposed to be like those wind-spinners that whirl furiously in the wind…but these obviously wouldn’t do that.  Then I realized that they were supposed to be flowers.  And I thought it was different…and creative.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1976, on the seventh anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the Viking 1 lander, an unmanned U.S. planetary probe, became the first spacecraft to successfully land on the surface of Mars.

Viking 1 was launched on August 20, 1975, and arrived at Mars on June 19, 1976. The first month of its orbit was devoted to imaging the surface to find appropriate landing sites. On July 20, 1976, the Viking 1 lander separated from the orbiter, touched down on the Chryse Planitia region of Mars, and sent back the first close-up photographs of the rust-colored Martian surface.

In September 1976, Viking 2–launched only three weeks after Viking 1–entered into orbit around Mars, where it assisted Viking 1 in imaging the surface and also sent down a lander. During the dual Viking missions, the two orbiters imaged the entire surface of Mars at a resolution of 150 to 300 meters, and the two landers sent back more than 1,400 images of the planet’s surface.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: When Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in 1922, the wine jars buried with him were labeled with the year, the name of the winemaker, and comments such as “very good wine.” The labels were so specific that they could actually meet modern wine label laws of several countries.

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