Craig

I live in London, England. I am a qualified pilot with an interest in all forms of cycling, space and tattoos.

Not posted for a while so here are some snaps from a few of my first flights.

Three days into the simulator phase of my A320 type rating. So far so good!

Tomorrow, engine failures after take off, dual engine failures in the cruise, single engine approaches and go arounds…… No sweat, right :s!!!!!!

Three days into the simulator phase of my A320 type rating. So far so good!

Tomorrow, engine failures after take off, dual engine failures in the cruise, single engine approaches and go arounds…… No sweat, right :s!!!!!!

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My last day on holiday in Helsinki. It has been a great weekend!

My last day on holiday in Helsinki. It has been a great weekend!

My new office. Just been told I passed selection with easyJet and I start training to become an Airbus A320 First Officer in December! Could not be happier right now!

My new office. Just been told I passed selection with easyJet and I start training to become an Airbus A320 First Officer in December! Could not be happier right now!

Went to see the pros on the Prudential RideLondon race on Sunday at Leith Hill in Surrey.

Went to see the pros on the Prudential RideLondon race on Sunday at Leith Hill in Surrey.

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Space Selfies, Enhanced

NASA and JPL have just released these enhanced versions of last week’s spacey self-portraits as captured from Cassini (orbiting Saturn) and MESSENGER (orbiting Mercury). The raw image (here) from Cassini was spectacular on its own, but these edited composites are even better. 

Cassini took advantage of a serendipitous view of its home, and with the ringed planet in position to eclipse the sun it captured the top and bottom images. The wide-angle shot (top) puts our small size in perspective next to the gas giant, and the narrow-angle image (bottom) sees us glowing a brilliant blue next to our dust-gray moon. 

MESSENGER, whose own Earth portrait is seen in the center photo, also had a view of home on Friday, capturing the celestial pair from its slightly closer vantage point. 

Several people have wondered if Cassini actually captured everyone waving since it takes light over an hour to travel between the two planets. The JPL folks assured me that they took this into account, and the shutter didn’t open until 80 minutes after you waved to the sky!

Of course, chances are that Cassini didn’t actually see any light reflected from your waving hand. This guy calculated that of any photon leaving Earth at that moment, there’s only a one in 300 trillion chance that Cassini captured it. Sorry!! ;-) 

(via n-a-s-a)

On the train to London for a ride :)

On the train to London for a ride :)

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The only planet that rotates on its side like a barrel is Uranus.
Credit:  Lawrence Sromovsky, (Univ. Wisconsin-Madison), Keck Observatory

The only planet that rotates on its side like a barrel is Uranus.Credit:  Lawrence Sromovsky, (Univ. Wisconsin-Madison), Keck Observatory

n-a-s-a:

The only planet that rotates on its side like a barrel is Uranus.

Credit: Lawrence Sromovsky, (Univ. Wisconsin-Madison), Keck Observatory

The only planet that rotates on its side like a barrel is Uranus.
Credit: Lawrence Sromovsky, (Univ. Wisconsin-Madison), Keck Observatory

Space shuttle Atlantis pictured over the Andes.

Space shuttle Atlantis pictured over the Andes.