One (Semi) Giant Leap....To travel in space is to leave Earth.
Blasting off on a Shuttle Mission would require trained Astronauts and a huge support team.
Those fellows who landed - and walked - on the moon rightfully claimed a "giant leap for mankind."
The flag and the Lunar Rover they drove are still sitting up there on the lunar surface.
They left the keys in the ignition, I understand.
That pesky GRAVITY makes it extremely hard to jump high enough to "leave" earth.
My photo group recently was on a downtown Photo Walk and I suggested we experiment with levitation.
Several of us would pose, crouch and count down "3-2-1" and then jump as high as we could.
The others in the group - with cameras set at a fast shutter speed - clicked rapidly to record our momentary elevation above the ground.
It was a fun experience and created some interesting digital results.
None of us made it very far up into the sky.
On my way to dinner the other night, I saw an old picnic table next to a brick wall.
I handed my camera to a friend and showed him the area I wanted to include.
We waited until several passersby had passed by and then I stood on the bench seat of the table.
I posed as if I were airborne and he snapped the shutter.
Later, using Photoshop, I "removed" the outdoor bench and table by covering it over with a clone of the bricks.
I am keeping an eye out for something much, much higher for my next launch into space.
(Click - twice- on the photos to see more details.
Look closely at the bricks beneath me.
The next "leap" will have to be spectacular!