We live in a beautiful spot

By TED LOOS
Published: March 24, 2010

 

IF you filtered all the glitz out of Miami, you’d get Naples, Fla. This small Gulf-side city has a pleasingly anodyne quality that’s worlds away from the cosmopolitan bustle found only a two-hour drive due east, on the opposite coast. Affluent Midwesterners, who have adopted Naples as a getaway from nasty Northern weather, bring a certain oh-gosh air to town. Don’t be surprised if you keep seeing the same faces over and over — these snowbirds might move at a slower pace than the Miami set, but they get around.

Since the inception of space flight, those chosen to break the boundaries of Earth’s atmosphere have been few: heroic astronauts and recently, ultra-wealthy adventurers.

 

Here at Star Systems, our goal is to break that glass ceiling with the Hermes Spacecraft: A Spacecraft For Everyone. We want everyone who has ever dreamed of becoming an astronaut to have that opportunity, without spending your life savings.

 

The space industry is just taking off. Come join us on the ride.

Hermes - A Thief, Inventor, and Messenger God

Hermes - Not Always a Messenger God

Lekythos of Hermes

Lekythos of Hermes. c. 480-470 BC. Red figure. Attributed to the Tithonos Painter Hermes (Mercury to the Romans), the fleet-footed messenger with wings on his heels and cap symbolizes fast floral delivery. However, Hermes was originally neither winged nor a messenger -- that role was reserved for the rainbow goddess Iris. He was, instead, clever, tricky, a thief, and, with his awakening or sleep-conferring wand (rhabdos), the original sandman whose descendants include a major Greek hero and a noisy, fun-loving god.

 

*In the Iliad, Iris is the messenger god and in the Odyssey, it's Hermes, but even in the Iliad, there is a passage where in the words of Timothy Ganz, Hermes serves as courier:

 

"Then King Agamemnon rose, holding his sceptre. This was the work of Vulcan, who gave it to Jove the son of Saturn. Jove gave it to Mercury, slayer of Argus, guide and guardian. King Mercury gave it to Pelops, the mighty charioteer, and Pelops to Atreus, shepherd of his people. Atreus, when he died, left it to Thyestes, rich in flocks, and Thyestes in his turn left it to be borne by Agamemnon, that he might be lord of all Argos and of the isles."

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