Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Columbia Memorial Space Center

Today, my daughter and I visited the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey. We had a great time with the interactive exhibits.

Columbia Memorial Space Center
I love these collage pictures made up of individual photos. The photo below shows the detail area of the shuttle rudder. I think they've cheated in some places by changing the picture coloration instead of finding photos that actually change from light to dark.

Columbia Memorial Space Center


At this exhibit, you could launch paper airplanes. The goal was to fly the plane through a hoop about 10 feet away.

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Columbia Memorial Space CenterHere, you could see how much you would weigh on other planets.
Mercury — good! Jupiter — bad!

Columbia Memorial Space CenterHere, you could land the space shuttle. It was not pretty! :-(

Columbia Memorial Space CenterAt this exhibit, you could use the yoke, the rudder, and the throttle to take off, turn, and land this plane.

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