Melba Roy, NASA Mathmetician, at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland in 1964. Ms. Roy led a group of NASA mathmeticians known as “computers” who tracked the Echo satellites. The first time I shared Ms. Roy on VBG, my friend Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, a former postdoc in astrophysics at NASA, helpfully explained what Ms. Roy did in the comment section. I am sharing Chanda’s comment again here: “By the way, since I am a physicist, I might as well explain a little bit about what she did: when we launch satellites into orbit, there are a lot of things to keep track of. We have to ensure that gravitational pull from other bodies, such as other satellites, the moon, etc. don’t perturb and destabilize the orbit. These are extremely hard calculations to do even today, even with a machine-computer. So, what she did was extremely intense, difficult work. The goal of the work, in addition to ensuring satellites remained in a stable orbit, was to know where everything was at all times. So they had to be able to calculate with a high level of accuracy. Anyway, that’s the story behind orbital element timetables”. Photo: NASA/Corbis.
Untitled (Two girls with a shadow).
Clipped image pasted on cardboard and framed. 60 x 80 cm.
photo by Maria Francesca Ferraina
A subway train on the Pelham line. 1957
“The idea of being in a plane is so much about being between places and that’s part of that state of mind I wanted to try and photograph.”
Gypsy And Horse
Famed Czech photographer Josef Koudelka photographed social and cultural rituals, conveying an ineffable “presence of the human spirit” in his work.
Pictured is a late 1970s print from his renowned Gypsy Series, completed in 1968, just two days before the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Michel et Lorenzo. Paris. 1959
photo by Frank Horvat
Labyrinth In My Atelier, 1960. by Josef Sudek
Gorbals children. A boy and a girl hold hands under an archway in the gorbals, a slum district of glasgow, january 31, 1948
Thanks to m3zzaluna