Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Two for Tuesday

I) New Zealand joins the space race

On 30 November New Zealand's first space rocket was successfully launched.  See the NZ Herald story of the same day. The 6-metre-long craft reached speeds of up to Mach 5, flying 120km into the air, before splashing down in the sea.

CaptureCompany Director Mark Rocket, technical director Peter Beck and senior engineer Nikhil Raghu from Rocket Lab.

I just love that the guy has obviously changed his name to ‘Rocket’. That’s dedication for you. The white coats sure make it all look more momentous too – good thinking guys. It feels great to be at cutting edge of science like this – watch out NASA, here we come.

Photo by Rachel Glucina.


II) Cottage envy

A beautiful cottage by the sea in Maine, US.  Photo by Tom O'Donnell


  1. Now that's a cottage for a fairy tale!

    And, glad you like our tree! =)

  2. Sounds like the little engine that could. Yay team.

  3. Yep, the white coats are definitely there to show that they mean business. No one is going to believe you’re a real scientist unless you’re wearing a lab coat.

    Got your card today, by the way – thanks very much! See it at my blog.

  4. Good on ya, NZ! You have to admire their spunkiness!

    And if you could do us all a favor and open the latrine locks over North Korea, we'd all be very grateful.

  5. Wouldn't it be funny if his name really WAS rocket...and he felt obliged to go into this profession?

    Love the cottage, as always...what a view!

  6. Yeah it would Kathryn but it's not - I checked. Gorgeous view from the cottage eh?


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