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The rediscovery of Leonardo da Vinci’s lost “Salvator Mundi”

An evening pause: Hat tip Cotour.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Nitecat

    As I watched , I couldn’t help remembering that just a couple of days ago one of the front men for the Marxist group that calls itself ” Black Lives Matter ” stated that all depictions of Jesus Christ as anything other than ” a black man ” should be destroyed.

  • pzatchok

    I watched a video before on if the glass ball, globe, was solid or hollow in the picture.

    Their big question was “How could Leonardo be so smart as to paint it perfectly.”
    Here is a clue. He had a model holding it and copied it very well. Perfectly in fact.

  • pzatchok

    Jesus was a middle eastern Jew.

    Definitely NOT African.

  • sippin_bourbon

    Anyone concerned bout the color of Jesus’ skin, is missing the point.

    They are no longer worried about what he said, what he taught, what he gave us, what he did for us.

    Any discussion that stops at his skin, stops being about Jesus, and about something else entirely.

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