The Creative Oasis

OpenCulture has become a real favourite site for me. Reading about the Dunning-Kruger effect I found another clip with John Cleese. I think everyone can learn from him about creativity. Sometimes we need to be effective and sometimes we need to be creative. This requires different environments. I have never heard anyone calling an office with phones, emails and meeting rooms a creative place. Take an advice from John Cleese and learn to play again.

OpenCulture: Cleese’s Philosophy of Creation

Yale: Johan Huizinga: Homo Ludens

Wikipedia: Homo Ludens

First ExoMars launch is near

The first of ESA’s two ExoMars launches is only days away. A rover will be sent to Mars in 2018 but the mission will start with an orbiter and lander this month. The orbiter (Trace Gas Orbiter) will analyse atmospheric gas and function as a telecommunication relay between lander, rover and Earth. The lander (EDM or Schiaparelli) is basically a test to learn from so the rover in 2018 can land safely.

The orbiter and lander are built by ESA and will be launched by Roscosmos from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The mission is operated by the ESA’s European Space Operation Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany.

ESA: ExoMars overview | ESOC

Universe Today: ExoMars heads to the Red Planet in 2016

Wikipedia: ExoMars | ESOC | Baikonur Cosmodrome