This is it for the evening. Heading out to a dinner.
Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) was the first African American woman to earn an aviator’s license. Unable to find anyone willing to train a black woman to fly in the US, Bessie learned French so that she could learn to fly in France. She was the first American of any race or gender to earn an international pilot’s license.
Bessie died at age 34 during a test flight for an exhibition in Jacksonville, Florida.
Bessie is profiled in a Smithsonian Channel documentary entitled Black Wings, which is airing this month. An excerpt from the documentary can be seen here. If you are interested in black female pilots, check out the novel Flygirl.
The International Space Station (ISS) as seen from the Space Shuttle Endeavour on June 15, 2002. (NASA)
Painted Animation of “Vincent Van Gogh”
“Van Gogh Shadow” by Luca Agnani
This curious experiment by Luca Agnani adds movement and lighting effects to thirteen paintings by Vincent van Gogh. You can judge for yourself whether it’s an improvement on van Gogh’s originals.
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