A Different Perspective 


Dear Oscar

I love this photo of the Earth and Moon. It was taken last month by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It provides a view of our existence that we very rarely see. Pictures of the Earth are usually partial views from ISS or whole images taken from the moon, but to see the Earth and Moon together and watch their dance is a beautiul sight. In this picture is pretty much everyone who ever lived hanging in the black nothing with our faithful companion so near and yet so far. Viewing our lives in this different perspective is quite profound and I have stared at it in wonder for some time, stirring up motivations and joys that I hadn’t experienced for a while. It reminds me of the value in looking at something familiar in another way. Sometimes I worry about how you may feel you are losing or wasting years of your life and the mental burden that may bring, but then I heard on the radio the statisitic that the average person will spend eight and a half years of their lives watching TV. So I looked at your situation from a different perspective, if you spend every moment you can in pursuit of meaningful and productive goals you actually won’t have lost any time at all on the average person. It’s not the years in your life, it’s the life in your years.

Keep going, we are proud of you.

Katie Baldwin

Science

Well there you go. After today, it is clear that unmitigated proof relies on SCIENCE.
Not on qualitative presumption.
Now, who has the real science? Defence.
The Media is relaying solely the qualitative presumptions of Prosecution that are used only to grind the accused down to the point of making a verbal slip.
So that they can then highlight to attempt to prove his lying.
What a mess.
And how unfair.

Anita UK

Message for Oscar: Starblazer

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photo: spitzer.caltech.edu

Dear Oscar,

lately I came across an NASA article about a certain star, my namesake, Mira. I always knew there was a star with my name but I knew very little about it and so I had a closer look. Now it seems to be not just a normal star like thousands or even millions of others, it is indeed very special:
“Mira (pronounced my-rah) after the Latin word for “wonderful,” is a red giant star, flying through our galaxy at supersonic speeds, leaving a 13-light-year-long trail of glowing material in its wake. The star sheds enough material to form over 3,000 Earth-sized planets. The left behind material could become the seeds for future planets or stars or even new life.”

Sounds interesting? Even more so, when you compare this star to yourself, Oscar. Of course you’re not a red giant star flying through our galaxy at supersonic speed (though I remember someone having referred to you as “super speedy cyborg kangaroo”). But you are a star, Oscar. Not a red giant maybe but still big enough to outshine so many other “stars” out there.

Mira is leaving 13-light-year-long trail of glowing material, NASA reports. What this has to do with you? Now look at what you’ve achieved in your life so far, Oscar. I’m not only talking about your sporting achievements right now, I’m referring to all the good you did which is not, and never will be, forgotten. You shed enough ‘material’ in the form of inspiration, kindness, determination and as a role model to inspire a whole generation of people all around the globe. When reading the many messages on this blog here, or everywhere on the internet, one thing is for sure: you even brought new life. You’re laughing now? Well, see it this way: many young and disabled athletes got into sports only because they saw you compete alongside the able-bodied athletes in the Olympics. You showed them by example that whatever they set their mind to is possible, nothing should stop them, no disability or obstacles. They wouldn’t do what they do today, wouldn’t be what they are now without your guiding them.
You taught the world it always pays to work hard and to follow your dreams, that it is more than alright to aim for the stars, think big and stop being small-minded. That is what I learned from you, Oscar, what the world learned from you.

You are just as special and wonderful as the star.

Much love, Oscar. Keep your chin up!

Mira – the woman, not the star 😉
(Olcpfriends)

 find out more about ‘Mira’: SpitzerScienceCenter on YouTube

Message for Oscar: Fight Like a Bacterium

Dear Oscar

Perhaps sometimes you feel the spark of your life has been put out. I too, in my pain for you, have for a time felt as though my heart had stopped, that I existed in some other world of greyness and grief – an eternal winter in a young life.
But as I sat, huddled against the coldness of the world, my mind wandered to the beautiful hardiness of life.
Life is everywhere on this planet. It is on the lands we stand on and the oceans we swim in. It is in the clouds above us and the mantle below us. It is on us and inside us, both in front of our eyes and literally within them. Everywhere we explore we find its pulse. It clings with all its might onto pitch dark cave walls, on the bed rock of lakes so acidic it would burn the flesh from our bones. It exists in extremes of pressure, of heat, of cold. It thrives where there is no oxygen, no sunlight and no food. It can even survive in space.
For our own part, a human being can be considered in a way, to be more bacterial than human. Our cells are outnumbered 10 to 1. There are 1000 different species of bacteria in your gut and several more in the conjunctiva of your eyes.

Your body is alive Oscar, you are alive.
The tenacity of life that once formed out of nothing but water and a gradient of protons beats within you hard, your beautiful life, your beautiful memories.
Who you are.
Fight for it.
Fight like a bacterium.
Never give up, no matter what the environment.
There is so much life fighting with you.
Always,

Katie, UK

Why Oscar Pistorius runs so fast – a scientific explanation (video)

Have you ever wondered exactly how the infamous Blade Runner can compete with able-bodied runners?

This fascinating video looks at the science behind the sprinting superhuman, exploring the technology and engineering that last year allowed Oscar Pistorius to become the first amputee to compete in the able-bodied Olympic Games.

Through hard work and determination, Pistorius knows exactly how to get the most out of his prostheses, using his upper body muscles – his abdominals and arm swing- to pull his body forward and balance the rotation of his legs to keep him upright.

Through a remarkable combination of strength, determination and technology, it’s one giant leap for mankind…