Tuesday, June 01, 2010

ESA - Human Spaceflight and Exploration - A chance to name Europe’s next astronaut mission

This would be my entry, feel free to submit it: New Projections which Bing translates: Nuove Proiezioni
However, there is a map reference my friend owns, bought in Europe at the end of the World War II:
La Germania
Ne Suoi Circoli
Di Nuova Projezione
Preffo Antonio Zatta
Con Privilegio dell’ Eccellentmo Senato
G. Zuliani, Inc.
I think perhaps “Nuova Projezione” might look better, and more in keeping with “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

I worked with an early Rolleimetric 3D metric recording system back in 1990s using 80386/80387 CPUs. Reseau crosses on a glass plate documented film stretch (documented medium format camera and specific lens data) photos, 8"x10" were processed and 3D points digitized on a large GTCO digitizing tablet and magnifying "puck" for archaeology recording in an EPA Superfund site in Cold Spring, NY, which recovered the Parrott rifled cannon gun platform perhaps used to fire on Charleston, South Carolina in 1863 in the American Civil War. Known as the "Swamp Angel" 200 pound shells and 300 pound shells, thought incendiary, and fired with brass "sabot" (attached foot found the rifling) some of which then President Lincoln witnessed. The cannon exploded in the swamp in South Carolina and citizens of Trenton, New Jersey raised money to exhibit it there. (“Swamp Angel”) I have to wonder if they had broken the "sound barrier" one "misfire" required that the Federal government repair the first Catholic church in the Hudson Valley:
The Chapel of Our Lady roman Catholic church was built in 1833 and served the local congregation from 1834 until Our Lady of Loretto opened on Fair St in 1907. When Chapel of Our Lady opened in 1834 it was the first Roman Catholic diocese in NY north of 14th. St. in New York City. ("Chapel of Our Lady" flickr.com)
Nearby to the West Point Foundry across the Hudson River from the military academy, I read it was the first religious structure in the US that the government had to repair, found at fault. Also nearby are the now demolished defensive works on Constitution Island, designed by Dutch patriot Bernard Romans, cartographer to the American Revolutionary Army, still part of West Point Military Academy. A stone dike, now broken, used to connect Constitution Island with the West Point Foundry manufacturing and railhead core. Jules Verne used the West Point Foundry in his 1865 novel, "From Earth To The Moon" the first to be translated into English from French in 1865. His 1863 "Five Weeks in a Balloon" and 1864 "Journey to the Center of the Earth" were translated later into English, in 1869 and 1871, respectively.

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