Well...these are not exactly space shots, but they are wonderful pictures by my friend Mike Carpenter at the annual Prosser, WA balloon rally. We had the opportunity to go assist with one of the balloons one year and it was a blast. However, I did come to a stark conclusion -- when the balloon we were chasing was trying to come down in a field and was going to miss it, I tried to slow it down by grabbing on to a drag cable -- ha ha! I ended up getting dragged alright...for about 30 yards, and the funny, memorable experience provided a few scrapes and bruises, but it was great fun. We did end up getting it down in a field a few hundred yards away. Anyway...a couple of pics to appreciate...