(by Mike Lerner)
Haruki Murakami (via sadlimb)
august first is just a day now. i guess it always was. this year it fell on a friday and my calendar read “three years” which is true but uneventful. and it’s nothing you should write down on a calendar. it’s like a standing order with a florist. i could be dead today but i’m not. and right now i don’t know what any of this means.
Simulating Life on Mars on a Hawaiian Volcano with @casey_stedman and @spincrisis
Forty-five years after first setting foot on the Moon, humanity has set its eyes on Mars. In Hawaii, a team of “sMartians” (simulated Martians) is already practicing for life on a distant planet.
US Air Force Major Casey Stedman (@casey_stedman) is the Mission Commander for HISEAS (Hawaii-Space Exploration and Analog Simulation), an isolated “habitat module” on the volcanic island. “I haven’t seen a tree, smelled the rain, heard a bird, or felt wind on my skin in four months,” he says, describing life on the site chosen for its similarity to Mars.
"You don’t really think about the tactical feedback you get from biting into crisp lettuce and a juicy hamburger, but that’s the one thing that’s lacking here," says Chief Technologist Ross Lockwood (@spincrisis), describing “sMartian” cuisine, which is packed for months of storage. “We’ve basically been subsisting on mush. Flavorful mush, but mush nonetheless. That’s actually one of my favorite parts of Instagram during the mission: all those pictures of food are helping me get through.”
I thank You God for most this amazing day:
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees,
and a blue true dream of sky;
and for everything which is nature which is infinite which is yes.