Well, this is my last civilian night mates. Tomorrow I ship out for MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot for those that don’t know) down at Parris Island for 13 weeks. Had all my buddies over tonight, but I feel pretty down. I’ve been excited and am really excited to go, but I just feel dead inside at the same time. Guess this is where Dan dies and the Sandman is truly borne. I’ll see you all in three months. Cheers.
Meteors, Planes, and a Galaxy over Bryce Canyon
Image Credit & Copyright: Dave Lane
Explanation: Sometimes land and sky are both busy and beautiful. The landscape pictured in the foreground encompasses Bryce Canyon in Utah, USA, famous for its many interesting rock structures eroded over millions of years. The skyscape above, photogenic in its own right, encompasses the arching central disk of our Milky Way Galaxy, streaks that include three passing airplanes and at least four Eta Aquariid meteors, and bright stars that include the Summer Triangle. The above image is a digital panorama created from 12 smaller images earlier this month on the night May 6. If you missed the recent Eta Aquariids meteor shower though, don’t fret — you may get an unexpected reprieve. Sky enthusiasts are waiting to see if a new meteor shower develops in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 24, when the Earth moves through a possibly dense cloud of dust and debris ejected by Comet 209P/LINEAR.
On May 22, 1906, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s historic patent was granted for “new and useful improvements to the flying machine.” These improvements included using the technique of wing warping to achieve lateral control. The effect that wing warping had on early flying machines is akin to the performance effect of adjusting the wing tips up and down on a paper airplane.
Read more about aviation history, from the Wright Brothers to America’s first jet engine, at GE Reports.
Quite possibly the most common, if not popular pump-action 12 gauge shotgun in the U.S, the 870 can be configured in just as many different ways as an AR-15 or 1911. It’s closest competition would probably be the Mossberg 500. Both shotguns have seen military service, are both affordable and often have the same style aftermarket parts. (GRH)
Austrian Soldier riding his hound into battle
Outside a bunker in Marjah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan Agence France-Presse photographer Mauricio Lima created a series of portraits illustrating the tattoos of the members of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines. Many United States Marines sport several tattoos, commonly to tell the story of their lives as Marines, to vanquish their fears, honor their comrades or to proclaim their love.