Lake Gairdner in central South Australia is pictured in this image acquired by Japan’s ALOS satellite on 1 December 2009.
The Lake Gairdner National Park – which includes the nearby lakes Everard and Harris – was established in 1991 for its signiﬁcant wildlife habitat and natural features.
While the area is hot and dry in summer, spring brings water and is a popular destination for birdwatchers. Red and western grey kangaroos, emus and feral camels can also be seen here.
When flooded, Gairdner is one of the largest salt lakes in Australia, more than 160 km long and 48 km wide. But when dry, the vast salt pan attracts racers attempting to set land speed records and is the site for the annual Speed Week event.
This image shows mostly the dry, salt-crusted lakebed, while the islands appear brick-red.
Starting in 1986 Russian Cosmonauts began to carry a special gun into space. These guns were not meant to fight off space aliens and any other kind of intergalactic threat, but were meant as an emergency survival weapon. Often Russian missions involved landing in remote areas of Siberia. Pickup and recovery could take a while, especially if they happened to be off course. In addition if they had to abandon a space ship or station and their escape pod may land in the middle of the wilderness on some far off continent. Thus they were issued a special survival guns to fend off predators or hunt for food.
The TP-82 was a simple three barreled break open firearm that sported two calibers. The upper two barrels were smoothbore and chambered for a special 12.5x70mm (40 gauge) shot shell ideal for hunting small game. The bottom third barrel was rifled and chambered for 5.45x39mm rifle cartridge which was good for small game but also could be used for larger animals in a pinch. Included with the gun was a detachable buttstock which also doubled as a sheathed machete.
The TP-82 was issued to Soviet and Russian Cosmonauts from 1982 up to 2006. In 2007 the Russian Space Agency’s store of the rare 12.5x70mm shotshell ammunition expired in terms of shelf life. Since then Russian Cosmonauts are issued regular semi automatic pistols with their emergency gear.
Here you will find flashes of someone's mind. Hope you'll enjoy your gaze into the wonderful human psyche.
Time is essential for the human mind and for anyone's flow of ideas. Consequently you'll find in the mesmerizing grid and flow of time the sparkles and the flashes of what makes us human and thus unique.