Right in the middle of life

classictrek:

boomerstarkiller67:

Starships from the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology Manual - art by Rick Sternbach (1980)

I’ve had a copy of this sitting on my shelf forever but I’m really worried about cracking its spine for scans. I should find a beater from eBay and give you guys some starship porn. It was one of my favorites as a kid.

giantpandaphotos:

Qi Zai - the brown panda - at the Shaanxi Wildlife Research Center in China.

© iPanda.

questionableadvice:

~ Etiquette for Americans, by A Woman of Fashion, 1898

questionableadvice:

~ Etiquette for Americans, by A Woman of Fashion, 1898

peashooter85:

The Russian Cosmonaut Gun,

Starting in 1986 Russian Cosmonauts began to carry a special gun into space.  These guns were not meant to fight off space aliens and any other kind of intergalactic threat, but were meant as an emergency survival weapon.  Often Russian missions involved landing in remote areas of Siberia.  Pickup and recovery could take a while, especially if they happened to be off course. In addition if they had to abandon a space ship or station and their escape pod may land in the middle of the wilderness on some far off continent. Thus they were issued a special survival guns to fend off predators or hunt for food.

The TP-82 was a simple three barreled break open firearm that sported two calibers.  The upper two barrels were smoothbore and chambered for a special 12.5x70mm (40 gauge) shot shell ideal for hunting small game.  The bottom third barrel was rifled and chambered for 5.45x39mm rifle cartridge which was good for small game but also could be used for larger animals in a pinch.  Included with the gun was a detachable buttstock which also doubled as a sheathed machete.

The TP-82 was issued to Soviet and Russian Cosmonauts from 1982 up to 2006.  In 2007 the Russian Space Agency’s store of the rare 12.5x70mm shotshell ammunition expired in terms of shelf life.  Since then Russian Cosmonauts are issued regular semi automatic pistols with their emergency gear.

allthingseurope:

Arnhem, Netherlands (by {Miss Honey})

allthingseurope:

Arnhem, Netherlands (by {Miss Honey})

1337tattoos:

Denis Sivak

1337tattoos:

Denis Sivak

wapiti3:

The royal natural history ; By Lydekker, Richard, 1849-1915 Brooks, W. T., Frostick, W. B., Sclater, Philip Lutley, 1829-1913 on Flickr.

Publication info London and New York :Frederick Warne & Co.,1893-1896.
BHL Collections:
Smithsonian Libraries

dailyoverview:

Overview of terraced rice paddies in Yuanyang, China by @spy0073

dailyoverview:

Overview of terraced rice paddies in Yuanyang, China by @spy0073

deathandmysticism:

Norse god Odin and Völva, Lorenz Frølich, 1895

deathandmysticism:

Norse god Odin and Völva, Lorenz Frølich, 1895

vintascope:

Collier’s Magazine with Classic Space Toy Cover - 18 April 1953

vintascope:

Collier’s Magazine with Classic Space Toy Cover - 18 April 1953