Jennifer Mann is an engineer with a creative spirit, a combination she infuses into eye-catching projects.
After finishing her master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Mann headed west to San Francisco to get involved with the area’s burgeoning technology field. With hands-on capabilities and maker interests, she quickly got busy building and working on various projects, including Ben Cohen’s (of Ben and Jerry’s fame) StampMobile, a traveling, money-marking, Rube Goldberg-style machine that is designed to help bring awareness to campaign finance reform initiatives.
One of Mann’s most dazzling projects, however, is her LED space helmet. Inspired by an invitation to a David Bowie-themed costume party, she decided to base her outfit on the Bowie tune “Space Oddity.” The ensemble’s two-piece dress combines shiny blue and metallic silver fabrics, but the helmet is the showstopper — its retractable plastic dome is internally lit with strips of LED lighting that fluctuates and changes color via remote control.
The outfit was a big hit at the party, leading to Mann offering the space helmets for sale online. But to take your protein pills and put a helmet of your own on, you’ll have to request a special build — for now, she’s all sold out.
[via Wired Design]
After lying on the ocean floor for more than 40 years, two Apollo rocket engines that helped deliver astronauts to the moon are once again seeing the light of day.
A team organized by Jeff Bezos spent three weeks fishing at sea to recover the corroded F-1 engines, which sat more than 4 kilometers below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Bezos does not yet know precisely which Apollo mission the engines flew on as the original serial numbers on the objects are missing. He is hoping they are the Apollo 11 engines that brought the first men to the moon. On Mar. 20, his team’s ship was heading back to Cape Canaveral in Florida with the aged pieces to restore them and perhaps determine which mission they came from.
“We’ve seen an underwater wonderland – an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to the Apollo program,” Bezos wrote in a blog post. “We photographed many beautiful objects in situ and have now recovered many prime pieces. Each piece we bring on deck conjures for me the thousands of engineers who worked together back then to do what for all time had been thought surely impossible.”
[More @ Wired Science]
Space X is making final preparations for its second cargo flight to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for the end of next week. The flight is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on March 1, and is expected to carry about 1,500 pounds of cargo as part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.
Growing up, kids are taught to pose and smile when they’re in front of a camera. We want them to look cute. Problem is, kids aren’t always cute. They can also be a real pain in the ass.
Photographer Jan von Holleben knows that and avoids this photographic trap by letting his young subjects be their loud, creative and sometimes obnoxious selves.
The typical kid photo caters to a “certain kind of people who romanticize childhood and who want to have it in a safe bubble,” says von Holleben, who is based in Berlin, Germany. “Personally I find it limiting because childhood is much more complicated.”
Von Holleben’s most well-known work is called Dreams of Flying (above) and features a group of kids from his old neighborhood in Sasbach, Germany. The kids play out make-believe scenarios while lying on the ground while von Holleben photographs them from a ladder, car rooftop or second story window. The top-down perspective allows the kids to free themselves from gravity and pretend like they’re climbing the empire state building, flying through space or swinging through the jungle like Tarzan.
[via Raw File]