“Did you have to pass through Customs or some other international checkpoint when you landed in Kazakhstan?”
Hadfield’s answer? Yes! As the Canadian explains it, “NASA kept our passports and visas, and brought them to us at landing, so we had them at the Karaganda airport to leave Kazakhstan.” The whole thing was, he says, “a funny but necessary detail of returning to Earth.”
Today I had the pleasure of making genuine ultramarine blue oil paint. The pigment, powdered lapis lazuli, creates one of the most sought after blue paints in all of art history. It is a paint that Vermeer used extensively.
While I’m not going to share the paint (it’s expensive!), I will share these nearly pornographic photos of the the paint-making process.
Reblogging myself because it’s relevant to my last post.