Space the Final Frontier
Tablets remember so much more than we realize. As we tap and swipe our way mindlessly through ebooks, dating apps and addictive games, we’re creating not just a browsing history, but a physical history of our interactions.
Surface Tension, a new series by New Mexico photographer Meggan Gould, illuminates the ghostly traces we leave on tablets with our fingers. For the series, she scanned and digitally edited the dark screens of a few iPads that were circulating among her family members.
There’s a whole mess of celebrities who’ve already signed up for $250,000 trips to outer space on Virgin Galactic, who’ll be embarking from “Spaceport America” in southern New Mexico. But first, the area is going to need more luxury hotels and fine dining establishments, because my God, a roadside motel? Not even for the chance to go to ACTUAL SPACE.
This analysis comes courtesy of the Las Cruces News, which reports on the proceedings of the recent International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight. Apparently one of the speakers was former PayPal senior manager and current Virgin Galactic ticket holder Michael Blum. He’s pretty psyched about his upcoming trip: “I’m going to space,” he said. “Less than 600 people have been. It’s a big event.”