I’ve just realised I never posted a picture of my final piece for my art course!
This artwork is pretty big, its the biggest I have ever attempted to make. It’s an improved version of the LHCat illustration I made in Photoshop using traditional materials such as acrylic paintand newspaper. It took ages to make because of the mount of details.
The whole concept is basically a big cat made out of CERN experiment parts. :)
Q:I just found your blog, and your drawing of that starling is absolutely gorgeous, how would you feel if i ever "copied" it for a tattoo for myself? i want one at some point, and i have always wanted a bird (my name is also Lark, so the tattoo idea is kind of you know, fun). If i don't have your blessings i will abandon this idea.
Yes, you have my permission to have it as a tattoo, just mention my blog if you post a picture of it online. It’s mainly so I can see it when it’s done because I feel honoured that someone wants my art inked on their body. :)
Manchester School of Art (aka the place I REALLY want to go after foundation).
I think standing in front of the building was the worst thing I could’ve done because now if I don’t get in I will be extremely gutted as I’ve worked so hard to get the triple distinction star grades to specifically get in here. I don’t even want to go anywhere else…
Q:people like you inspire me to make better art c:
Awww, thank you for your kind words. :)
If anyone wants to ask me something or have a chat feel free to hit the ask button (I’m a bit lonely here stuck in my cave). It’s you guys that spur me on to make better art.
On this Earth day of August 6, 2014, a wonderful feat will be achieved, recorded into our timeline of human history, and will set a precedent for subsequent robotic emissaries moving forward.
Amidst the strife and persecution, the tyranny, war, genocide; the economic woes throttling the health and welfare of our civilization bred from artificial barriers we’ve constructed - mental and physical - that mortgage our longevity as a species…amidst the turmoil constantly blinding us from our preciousness in space and time which we owe to the biological sophistication of our single-celled ancestors,
…we’ve come together, both NASA and ESA - a consortium of 20 member states - to now witness another demonstration of international collaboration. The dream, inception, construction, and launch - in 2004 - of a spacecraft (and accompanying lander) now beginning its rendezvous with a planetary body, a comet, dubbed 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, named after discoverers Klim Ivanovych Churyumov and Svetlana Ivanova Gerasimenko, who first observed it on photographic plates in 1969.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken by Rosetta’s NavCam and OSIRIS science camera during the spacecraft’s approach to the comet in July and August, 2014. The last image, at lower right, was taken on August 4. [source]
The spacecraft is just as intriguing as the comet, however. Rosetta is a joint operation: a probe and a lander.
Learn more about the Rosetta Stone here.
The lander’s name - Philae - was provided its name due to the Nile Island ‘Philae’, to which one of two obelisks were discovered which were inscribed with Ancient Greek and Egyptian inscriptions as well.
The Philae obelisk with Kingston Lacy in the background. [source]
In combination with one another - the obelisk and the Rosetta Stone - these two discoveries led to a great understanding of the Egyptian writing system, enabling further knowledge of our ancient history.
Just as the Philae obelisk and the Rosetta Stone granted us further understanding of our development as a species regarding our cultural history, Rosetta (the spacecraft) and Philae (the lander) will provide us further insight into the formation and content of comets, and thus, the origins of our early solar system.
An artist’s visualization of Rosetta/Philae and comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko [source]
Today, Rosetta (courtesy of NASA/ESA) will be the first spacecraft to ever rendezvous with a comet, escort (orbit) it along the comet’s trajectory toward the Sun, and deploy Philae (courtesy of DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI) to its surface.
The details are robust, but Rosetta’s orbital insertion (entry into orbit) will begin with a succession of triangular arcs (about 100km long), taking about 3-4 days to complete each one, with short thruster burns at each apex in order to redirect it toward/into each arc path to stay near the comet. The reason for this is due to the comet’s current speed and trajectory as it heads on its current path toward the Sun. Upon each triangular arc, Rosetta will be lowered closer to the comet’s surface until 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko captures the spacecraft with its gravity. Read more on today’s events HERE.
Philae’s mission is quite different. Rosetta will come within about 10km of the comet’s nucleus to deploy the lander in November 2014. It will take several hours to reach comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko’s surface due to the extremely low gravity. Landing gear will absorb the small amount of force when reaching the surface, and ice screws in the probe’s legs - accompanied with a harpoon system - will lock onto the comet’s surface for sustained stability. Simultaneously, a thruster on the top of the lander will force it down to counteract the impulse of the harpoon, which will result in a force exerted from the opposing direction. Once anchored to the comet, Philae will commence its main objectives, which comprise 10 science instruments, and can be read about in detail HERE.
Artist’s visualization of Philae’s rendezvous/landing on the comet’s surface. [source]
This magnificent series of robotic maneuvers happens today, and you can follow along beginning at 8:00 GMT [10:00 CEST] via the link below :)
Rosetta mission timeline/overview [source]
Keep up with Rosetta via @ESA, and join the livestream event at 8:00 GMT [10:00 CEST]!
I’m so excited for the live feed of this, I hope all goes to plan. :)
I have great news, yesterday I received an email confirming that I have been picked to attend this year’s TEDXCERN event at CERN in Geneva!
Im so excited, I haven’t been this exciting since going to see ATLAS last year. The event happens in college time but I can skip a few days and class it as ‘research’.
Did I mention Professor Brian Cox is hosting this year? Im actually going to detox with Cox. For my birthday. Oh my higgs…
Does this book not have a pretty marvellous cover?
The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen ny Brian Cox and Jeff Forsham
I already have the normal soft cover and kindle versions of this book but I really want this hardback version too.
The cover is designed by the famous Peter Saville who designed album covers for the likes of Joy Division, OMD and New Order.