.. awesome ..
Wonderful tribute to Vincent.
Thanks to the BBC and Simon Schama for the wonderful production 🙂
After a 125-day stay aboard the International Space Station, ISS Commander Sunita (Suni) Williams touched down in Kazakhstan on Monday, along with Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide and Yuri Malanchenko. Part of what is known as Expedition 33, the three boarded their Soyuz TMA-05M on Sunday to return to Earth, but before they left, Williams downlinked an extensive tour above of the ISS orbital laboratory. Williams has given several interviews from her ISS post, so you may have already seen her floating weightless in front of the camera, a nimbus of dark hair around her face.
Listening to this lady, you would think she is talking about taking the bus home after a day at the office, instead of re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere in a tiny capsule after a few months commanding one of humanity’s outstanding political and scientific achievements. (She did get home safely, by the way.)
I take my hat off to her, and to NASA for providing us with the privilege of seeing so much detail of what goes on up there.
The story of the panels
The stained glass panels were designed by William Bell Scott (1811-1890) and were originally installed in about 1870. Around one hundred years ago they were removed, reflecting changing tastes, and were replaced with the clear glass similar to that we see in the windows today. The panels have recently been the subject of new study and we need your help to bring them back to their former glory.
There are 24 panels of stained glass which are divided into four windows, two on either side of the lecture theatre. The technique used by Bell Scott creates the effect of pen-and-ink drawings, or etchings, and the panels feature stories from classical mythology as well as the lives of the Renaissance architects and painters Raphael (1483-1520) and Giotto (1266/7-1337). The panels are now considered important historical features of the Museum.
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