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A Babe in the Universe


10 Oct 2011, 03:17 UTC
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Last Sunday we had a few Washington DC hours for another pilgrimage to the National Air and Space Museum. 6 days later, Saturday October 8, the entire museum was shut down due to protesters. Why would anyone want to protest this place? From news reports, this is what the protest was about, a display of military drone aircraft. How many people travelled thousands of miles to have their museum plans disrupted? We suspect that the demonstrators were unhappy with US policy. There is plenty to be angry about, but protests are better aimed at the White House. A room devoted to the Wright Brothers' achievements. NASM is Washington's most popular attraction, a place devoted to our universal fascination with flight. The aircraft and displays here are beyond priceless. Among them are Russian spacecraft and Axis warplanes from WW2. The machines are fascinating, regardless of the policies they were tools of.This is not a mockup, but a spaceworthy Skylab 2 built to be flown after Skylab 1. Though it makes a fascinating exhibit, what a waste to be not flown in Space. Could we make a similar mistake again? Some say that the Space Shuttle orbiters have many useful flights left, ...

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