Monday 23rd February 2015

Pima Air and Space Museum is the destination this morning

Planes in hangar at Pima Air and Space Museum

By Frank Kovalchek from Anchorage, Alaska, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commo

Pima is one of the world’s largest aerospace museums.  As well as commercial, private/civilian and military aircraft it also has a Space Gallery.  We’ll get to see some of the craft/rockets which we learnt about in the Space Mission elements of our first and second year courses eg

  • X-Planes—Models illustrate the history of the experimental aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force, NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the precursor to NASA), and NASA to extend human knowledge of the principles of flight from the X-1 that broke the sound barrier to the X-45 hypersonic test plane.
  • The Space Race—This extensive exhibit uses artifacts, models, photographs and text to examine the Cold War’s highest battlefield, the race to the Moon.
  • Follow the Water—Follow the scientific exploration of Mars and the search for water on the red planet.
  • Materials Technology—Explore the materials from natural minerals to man-made super composites that make up the air- and spacecraft that soar over our heads every day.

There should be lots of photo opportunities.

If your interest is piqued, but you can’t get there, here is a link to a virtual tour.

The afternoon visit is to the Arizona-Sonora Museum

As well as getting a better understanding of the unique nature of the area there will be an opportunity to see an exhibition funded by Nasa.

This looks at Earth from Space and highlights what can be learnt about Earth from Space.  The Landsat program has been taking pictures of Earth since 1972.

Here is a fascinating video about it.


Here’s a link to my blog for the day to see how the plan turned into reality…..