Southwest astronomy and space science tour 6-22-2014

This June I went to a symposium on Mars education in Tempe, AZ, put on by the Mars Education Program at Arizona State University.  To round out the space nerdness I decided to drive and visit all kinds of space and national park sites along the way.

Spaceport America: The soon-to-be launch and landing site for Virgin Galactic and SpaceX operations.  Located near Truth or Consequences, NM.

Arizona-7       This view is the entrance to the terminal.  It is designed to blend in with the local landscape.

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This is the operations center.  The windows at the top is the ground control tower.
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The runway.  Soon, spacecraft from Virgin Galactic will take off and land here.

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This is the main terminal where astronauts (yes, that is what Virgin Galactic will call its passengers) will train and debrief, and family and press will be during the flight.

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Saguaro National Park: Tuscon, AZ

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Grand Canyon National Park: Near Flagstaff, AZ.  This was taken during the symposium.  The Grand Canyon was used as a model for understanding geologic history using observations of rock layers, as an analog for the same types of observations to be made on Mars.

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Meteor Crater: Near Flagstaff, AZ

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Lowell Observatory: Flagstaff, AZ

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Arizona-74This is the actual telescope Perceval Lowell used to make the images that allowed him to observe Pluto for the first time.

 

Petrified Forest National Park:

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