SpaceDiscs Are Here!

The SpaceDiscs arrive from Sweden

After working hard to make this a reality, our supplier has shipped us the entire batch of SpaceDiscs that celebrate the 50th anniversary of manned flight.

What is a SpaceDisc?

A SpaceDisc is a bimetal disc that is concave on one side and convex on the other. Warm it in by rubbing it between your thumb and fingers and then activate it by pressing down until it clicks. Place it on a hard surface and then wait. As the disc changes shape it ‘pop’ high into the air, hundreds of times its thickness.

Based on the Jumping Disc manufactured by Olov Nylander of Sweden, these discs have been custom made for us to fly into space. once flown, they are sure to become a treasured collectible.

These are limited to 25 available pieces. Please email us if you would be interested in owning a unique, fun and exciting piece of history!

We’ll post a video of the SpaceDiscs in action very soon.


The Danger in Advertising

The Groupon advertising ‘event’ that occurred during Superbowl XLV and the resulting fallout spotlights an issue that every company marketing products struggles with. We here at Photos To Space have looked at advertising the Photos to Space concept paused while figuring out what the best course of action should be.

Advertising is a creative process with restrictions. You want to be remembered, you want to drive traffic to your product or service and you want to walk that fine line that does not offend people. Let’s take a quick look at each of these.

First it has to have some way of getting the buyer’s attention. There are many models. The non sequitur used by Groupon is a good example. Like them or not the commercials are memorable. Tacky? Yes. Humorous? Depends on your perspective. Insensitive? Most likely. Do you remember them? Absolutely.

The accomplished the first goal but what about the second? You have to keep the advertising relevant to your target market. Many would say that Groupon missed the mark here. They are not the first and won’t be the last. In the end the commericals were memorable, but do you remember what Groupon does? If you aren’t already familiar with the product, the commercials do nothing to help further their cause – that being getting people to their website.

Trying to please everyone is the sure way to end up with a boring, forgotten ad. You need to set a direction and go with it. That being said, your concept should always be cross checked to make certain you are keeping it edgy but not going over the top. Groupon could have put a few more checks in their process to see just how bad the reaction will be.

In the end, good or bad, their advertising ploy worked if you think about it. The controversy that is surrounding Groupon has put them in the news and on the public’s mind. When the noise over this advertising fiasco dies down, will they be ahead of the game? I am betting they are.

While Photos To Space is looking at advertising, it is our sincere hope we never take it too far – and not be boring.


Remembering Columbia

On February 1, 2003 the world was witness to the second disaster to befall the shuttle program. Once again seven brave souls were lost in the effort to learn more about us a species and this gloriously special place we call Earth.

Once again the world was stunned, once again we felt pain and once again we endured.

Let us remember a few things on this day:
The astronauts were doing something that they loved.
All of them understood the risks they were taking and still chose to go.
Mankind does not grow without risk and in some cases sacrifice.

We must remember them as the people they were, brave, loving, curious and adventurous. They are true heroes.


Twenty Five Years Ago

Challenger Crew - STS-51Twenty Five years ago today, America suffered it’s second great space tragedy when the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after liftoff. To all who have been touched by this remarkable event – our hearts are with you.

January 28th and I was just getting home from a double shift at my job. I was exhausted, hungry and ready for bed. Heading for the kitchen I scarfed down a quick bite and retired to the couch, looking to get a bit of rest. No sooner had I fallen asleep when my good friend John called excitedly and said, “Joe, the shuttle just exploded.” I scoffed at him, hung up the phone and went back to sleep. He called back and very calmly told me this, “Get up, turn on the TV. It doesn’t matter what channel.” He hung up.

Turning on the TV and watching the events unfold in real time was heartbreaking. The families in grief as they and the world saw their loved ones perish. The students all suddenly in shock as they watched helplessly as Christa McAuliffe, their “Teacher In Space” died before their eyes.

America was stunned.

It would take the grounding of the shuttle fleet and along investigation before all the questions would be answered. A flaw in the design and a failure of management led to the loss of Challenger with all hands. When the dust had settled, we as a nation picked ourselves up and went back to the business of getting to space.

Today we as a nation continue to strive to learn more about that magnificent desolation. Today brave men and women still push the boundaries of the final frontier. We watch in awe and dream of the day the we can go with them. Government and private enterprise, working together, are making this this a reality for us all.

This is what we must do. We owe it to our “Teacher”.


Remembering Apollo 1

On this date in 1967, America suffered through tragedy when an Apollo test capsule with astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee caught fire. With a near 100% oxygen environment, the blaze spread quickly killing all three astronauts. Today we remember their sacrifice and offer our continued condolences to their families.


Photobucket Partnership Goes Live

We are proud to announce a new partnership with Photobucket, the premier inline photo sharing site. Bill, one of our marketing specialists, worked hard with the Photobucket staff to make this become a reality. Now it is even easier to send your Photo To Space!


Gearing Up For A New Year

We are getting ready for the new year at Photos To Space with a few contests coming, some new Valentine’s Day certificates and some new and exciting information. Stay tuned for details!


The First Photo

When we launch this rocket in April, it will be the culmination of years of work. It takes a lot of time and the right set of circumstances to do this sort of thing and make it work. I am glad to say that we have succeeded in that regard.

This is a very personal journey for me. My son Joshua, whom I lost to SIDS when he was just 6 weeks of age, is the biggest motivator for making this dream come true. To honor him, the first picture loaded on the storage unit will be his. I think it is only fitting.


Lunar Eclipse

The lunar eclipse tonight was fantastic. I tried taking a few pictures but without my tripod, it was quite the challenge. I used a Nikon D40x camera with a 200mm lens to get some okay photos. It was set for manual focus and the shutter speed was over 2 seconds.


Photo Contest

We are starting to put together our first contest and we need your help. Each week we will post on our Facebook fan page all of the photos that have signed up (and given us permission to post them). We are asking you, our fans, to pick the best photos of the week. These winners will be posted on both our main website and the Facebook page. It is simple and fun. Get the recognition you crave for the best photo going to space. Sign up today!

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