Linked List: October 2019

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The First All-Woman Spacewalk  #

Congratulations to astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir and to NASA for this milestone in our journey to a better world for our species, where each person can fulfill their potential.

As much as it’s worth celebrating the first spacewalk with an all-female team, I think many of us are looking forward to it just being normal,” veteran astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson said on NASA’s live coverage of the spacewalk.

I think if it signifies anything,” she added, “it is to honor the women who came before us, who were skilled and qualified — and didn’t get the same opportunities we get today because it is so normal.”

Earth and Sun  #

Wonderful interactive visualizations of our home in the cosmos.

Experimental Aircraft Association Looks at New Microsoft Flight Simulator  #

Longtime Microsoft employee Jorg Neumann was working with developers from Asobo on a project for Microsoft HoloLens, a wearable display that offers immersive “mixed reality” experiences. The project was a virtual tour of Machu Picchu in Peru using imagery from Bing to completely re-create the famous site. This gave Jorg an idea: If they could create convincing real-world scenery of one area, could they do that for the whole planet? If they could, then they’d have the basis for a remarkable and long-awaited return of Flight Simulator.

If we could use a flight simulator to fly over the entire Earth with near real-time scenery taken from recent satellite images, would we be moved to make decisions in our lives that help preserve the natural environment?