Mariner 2


Totally obsessed with the look of early spacecraft – here the Mariner 2, built in 1962 and the first to travel to another planet, which passed within 21,000 miles of Venus.

Triangulation Maps and Trig Points


Triangulation maps, computing distances between known points, were used for ship navigation. Above is a triangulation map of Staten Island, below of the south-east quadrilateral of India (super-high res version here).


Known positions with carefully measured latitude/longitude and altitude are called “trig points”, and are often marked, sometimes with a metal plate or, in the case of this marker in New Zealand, an amazing sculptural tower.