Space and Illusions


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Space and Illusions

  1. 1. The Earth was small, light blue, and so touchingly alone, Aleksei Leonov, USSR
  2. 2. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. James Irwin, USA
  3. 3. The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day, we were aware of only one Earth. Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabian
  4. 4. Before I flew I was already aware of how small and vulnerable our planet is; but only when I saw it from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that humankind's most urgent task is to cherish and preserve it for future generations. Sigmund Jahn, Germany
  5. 5. Two words leapt to mind as I looked down on all this: commonality and interdependence. We are one world. John David Bartoe, U. S. A.
  6. 6. From space, I saw Earth -- indescribably beautiful with the scars of national boundaries gone. Muhammad Ahmad Faris, Syria
  7. 7. I understood that we are all sailing in the same boat. Vladimir Kovalyonok, Russia
  8. 8. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us. Donald Williams, USA
  9. 9. What would your message from space be?
  10. 10. I bet you didn’t notice that THE is repeated twice! triangle below. Read out loud the text inside the
  11. 11. What words can you see?
  12. 12. What words can you see?
  13. 13. There are six. Spotting three or four is common. Six means you are a genius! Your brain cannot process the word of, so it does not notice that it is there. WEIRD!!! THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS... FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE phrase? How many Fs are there in this
  14. 14. O lny srmat poelpe can ra ed this. I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in what oredr the ltteers in a word are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is that the first and last ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?! Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed th is psas it on !!
  15. 15. Red Lines 1 This is a photograph of Neuchatel, Switzerland. It looks like someone has taken a red pencil and has drawn a couple of lines on the picture, right ? Wrong !
  16. 16. Red Lines 2 The red lines you see are actually PAINTED ON THE BUILDINGS ! It only looks right from one particular viewpoint.