Celestial Marbles and Floating Sombreros

Take a break from a hectic day and enjoy the peaceful awe of our universe. “Things That Float” by Stephen Nowlin is the first monthly Guest Showcase in Internet Archive’s collaboration with NASA images. http://words.nasaimages.org/2010/01/11/guest-showcase1/

Mr. Nowlin wrote: “We’re charmed by heavy things that float in thin air, because we’re products of a gravity environment where weight is pinned to the planet’s surface.  When something does otherwise, it arouses the pleasure of our curiosity – it’s a spectacle, and inspiring. ”

All the images are spectacular. I think we often forget the remarkable work that goes into the NASA programs that allows us to see such vivid images of space. It is a wonderful presentation of carefully selected images accompanied by the music of Claude Debussy.

Check out the floating astronaut with jet pack at 2:34, the streaked and speckled moons that look like marbles at 3:57, and at 5:40 all I could say about the celestial sombrero was “what is that?!”

Awesome indeed.

-Jeff Kaplan

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3 Responses to Celestial Marbles and Floating Sombreros

  1. Fudge says:

    I think that’s the same photo that Dido used on her last album cover ‘Safe trip home’….

  2. Magnus Cedergren says:


    I have sent emails for a month (or more) about creating a new collection. It is really hard to get your attention! At last, the collection in question was made by you a week ago, but I cannot get it to work for me. Is there anybody who can help me. The mails was mostly sent to Yolanda@archive.org. Most of them unfortunatley was no responded. cara@archive.org probably also knows something about this. Please help me!

    Magnus Cedergren, Sweden

    • Hello.
      Thanks for your interest in Internet Archive. If you can tell us specifically which collection (and a link address to it if you have it) you are have trouble accessing we may be able to help. Please address your reply with this information to info@archive.org.
      Best, Jeff

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