Pigs in Space!

Originally uploaded by Rhubarble
The original "spam in a can" - a drawing for a pig capsule from the "To The Moon" exhibit currently over at the LBJ Library

Here's my Flickr set from the exhibit (including a few photos from the rest of the library, which I hadn't been to in a long time!)

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Amelia Earhart's flying license, signed by Orville Wright. Photo April 2009.

Yesterday I finally went over and saw the "To The Moon" exhibition at the LBJ library here on campus. There is a nice collection of early astronomical materials, early flight stuff and human space exploration memorabilia. I took a lot of photos (with no flash, so I really love my image stabilization feature right now) and will post them on my Flickr site soon. Some of the astronomical stuff will be on display later this year over at the Harry Ransom Center as part of the International Year of Astronomy. I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the Herschel papers and items that will be on display!

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University of Texas Astronomy Department heliostat

Please ignore the dirt layer on it. :)

(In my defense, there was a hole in the cover that was allowing dust and dirt to blow in during bad storms. I've since dusted it off and plugged the hole!)