Friday, July 31, 2009

Shuttle landing

The space shuttle Endeavour landed safely at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) July 31 following a 16-day mission to service and continue assembly of the International Space Station (ISS).

"You are a steely-eyed hero," radioed STS-127 Commander Mark Polansky as fellow astronaut Alan Poindexter radioed the go for a deorbit burn from Mission Control Center-Houston.

A few tropical showers within 30 nautical miles of the shuttle landing strip at KSC briefly threatened the first landing attempt, but moved away in time for the deorbit burn at 9:41 a.m. EDT. Polansky's remark apparently was a reference to the repeated weather delays he and his crew endured before their July 15 liftoff.

Endeavour's two Orbital Maneuvering System engines fired for two minutes, 51 seconds to slow the shuttle enough for it to drop out of orbit and back into the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean. The route back to Florida took the seven astronauts onboard north from the South Pacific, over Costa Rica, Cuba and South Florida to a broad left turn into Runway 15 at KSC. Touchdown came at 10:48 a.m.

"Congratulations on a superb mission from beginning to end," Poindexter radioed as the wheels stopped. "Very well done."

"That's what it's all about," Polansky said. "We're very happy to be home."

The landing wrapped up one of the most complex orbital spaceflight missions to date, combining five spacewalks with a series of intricate maneuvers to install and outfit the exposed facility on Japan's Kibo laboratory module, deliver three large station spare parts against the day when the shuttle will no longer be flying, and replace the oldest set of six batteries on the orbiting facility.

Endeavour also delivered NASA's Tim Kopra to his long-duration post as a member of the station crew, and returned Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata to Earth after his four-month stay on the ISS.














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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Desktop Picture - Animals Wallpaper

Cute Animals Wallpaper as your Desktop Picture, have a Look.


Golden Retriever Puppies - Desktop Picture



Jellyfish, Hawaii - Desktop Picture




Little Cotton-Tails - Desktop Picture




Shar Pei Puppies - Desktop Picture




Snowy Afternoon, Tiger - Desktop Picture




Standing Ground, Tigers, Alaska - Desktop Picture




Unexpected Guests, Polar Bears - Animals Wallpaper




Vanessa, Persian Kitten - Animals Wallpaper




West Highland White Terrier (Westie) - Animals Wallpaper




White Tiger (Panthera Tigris) - Animals Wallpaper

Monday, July 20, 2009

Dream Homes

Beautiful Pool House in Connecticut by Hariri & Hariri Architecture
This 1200 square feet structure was designed as a minimalist sculpture in the landscape. It is part of a 3.5 acre property in Connecticut. The architecture of this pool house is in contrast to the traditional architecture of the existing house yet the design sets up a dialogue between the two. The architecture of the pool house hovers over a 48′x20′ pool like a vessel in the water. On the North there is a spa and an outdoor/ indoor shower, and on the south there is a roofed veranda acting as an indoor/ outdoor dinning area with a large opening on the wall framing the landscape beyond. The area around the pool becomes a sunken courtyard paved in travertine with steps and walls of stone. The interior of this pool house contains a living/ entertainment room, kitchen and bar area, simple bathroom and variety of terraces and decks. It is enclosed by series of metal and glass sliding panels that would allow the structure to be transparent and open up towards outside

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.A wall of green mosaic tiles cover the wet areas ( both inside and out side showers) and becomes part of the main composition of the facade bringing color and tactility to the place. The main frame and the ceiling of the structure are in Ipd Wood ( brazilian walnut ) and make the place warm, nautical and sculptural at the same time. The wood floors stretch out from the interior hovering over the pool and becoming a deck for reflecting and simply sitting around and putting your toes in the water. This structure is located in Wilton, CT and is was completed in 2007 by Hariri & Hariri Architecture.

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Dream Homes

Modern Home in Auckland By Belinda George Architects
If you love simplicity, then this is the house for you. Designed by George Architects, this stunning yet simple and very modern residence is located in Auckland, New Zealand. Looking like it jumped right out of a vintage houses catalog, this place keeps away from the busy city. With a spacious veranda, sophisticated furnishing, modern appliances adoring the kitchen, a lounging living area and a small pool to relax in, the house is a delightful combination of simplicity and style. We’re sold! – via

Modern Home in Auckland By Belinda George Architects

Modern Home in Auckland By Belinda George Architects

Modern Home in Auckland By Belinda George Architects

Modern Home in Auckland By Belinda George Architects

Modern Home in Auckland By Belinda George Architects

Modern Home in Auckland By Belinda George Architects

Modern Home in Auckland By Belinda George Architects

Modern Home in Auckland By Belinda George Architects

Dram Homes

Hello Kitty House in Shanghai
Obviously meant for the fancy girls who adore the cute cuddly cat, check out this lovely Hello Kitty House (Villa) in Shanghai. Designed in – what else but pink, this cute looking mansion has Hello Kitty themed interiors and a charming exterior that would make a guy blog live from the premises if permission granted. The famous kitty bow in pink and white is spread all across the walls, the clock, the furniture and (even) the bed etc. Quite mental, we’re honestly thinking if we’d be able to live fore more than one week inside … – via

Hello Kitty House in Shanghai

Hello Kitty House in Shanghai

Hello Kitty House in Shanghai

Hello Kitty House in Shanghai

Hello Kitty House in Shanghai

Hello Kitty House in Shanghai

The Cullen House from Twilight – The Hoke House
A few months ago everybody was crazy about a movie called Twilight. Twilight is a love story movie between a human and a vampire. They’re modern vampires and live in a modern house. Usually I don’t speak about architecture in the movies here on Freshome, but when I saw the movie I really liked that house, and that’s why I’ve decided to post it today. The Hoke House was designed by architect Jeff Kovel via ‘Skylab Architecture’ it’s 4300 squares, built by Metcalf Construction, with Lucy Metcalf as the interior designer and landscaper. The house was designed for Nike executive John Hoke and his family and appeared in the film Twilight. Hoke really liked the idea of his house being used as the home to a family of sophisticated vampires and allowed filming to proceed in both the interiors and exteriors. Because of his profession, members of the production team dubbed the structure the “Nike House.” The Cullen house is supposedly located just outside of Forks, WA- Via – DesignTavern

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