Astronaut Charles Duke visited the moon in 1972 as part of the Apollo 16 mission. He left behind a picture of himself, with his wife and two sons. He took a picture of it before he left. The photograph remains on the moon’s surface.
Oh, and not space-related at all, but I also bow to Museum of Science employee Mary Ann Trulli and her awesome collection of Jurassic Park memorabilia.
But the biggest change was in the Museum of Science’s exhibit on “Collections” that features rotating examples of things people in the Boston area collect. I bow in respect to Stephen Cass of MIT and his incredible space memorabilia collection.
I don’t know if this was here before and I just missed it, but I noticed that they’ve added this information about LCROSS to the plaque next to the moon model at the Museum of Science. They seem to have taken the Skylab model down, whether it will return after the Blue Wing’s current renovations are done is anyone’s guess. They may have decided to upgrade to an ISS model at the same scale for “relevance”.
When I visited the Museum of Science late last year with my mother, I told her I was surprised the museum hadn’t revealed the 2013 recipient of their Washburn Award for individuals who advance public understanding of science. (It’s named for the MOS’s late founder, Bradford Washburn, whose awesomeness I have already expounded on several times) Usually there’s a huge banquet thing that costs two hundred dollars to get into, but there was no announcement of such a thing and I was worried maybe they hadn’t found anyone worthy and willing to accept the award.
Today I learned that wasn’t the case. They did find someone very worthy, he just wasn’t able to come in person. (Or perhaps he did, and Brad Washburn gave it to him privately…)
Since my last visit, the Museum of Science has updated their display about rocketry pioneer Robert Goddard. The old signage was nice, but a bit faded and not that colorful.
After the aquarium, I headed to the Museum of Science, where I hadn’t been in ages. They’ve changed some of their space stuff up, and that will get separate posts, but for now, some other highlights:
- The city line.
- That’s actually a legless lizard, not a snake. The docent showed us how it has eyelids.
- The T. rex is ready for Monday’s Marathon.
- My hobby of playing with mirrors finally comes in handy.
I wasn’t originally planning to visit the New England Aquarium today, but when I got to the carousel, I realized I was right nearby, so I went in for a little bit.
I had to go to the North End for a field trip with my class, and after that I walked along the Rose Kennedy Greenway and saw that their awesome carousel of animals that I had never seen in operation before was working, so I stopped to watch it for a while. I love how it’s all of these different animals that all live in Massachusetts instead of just horses. And that turtle is the cutest thing ever.
Good day? Great day!