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#GeekRead in Space – #RWPChat

August 6, 2016
Venus and Earth by byronv2 (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Venus and Earth by byronv2 (CC BY-NC 2.0)

This month’s theme is #geekread.  I have always been interested in astronomy and space: does that make me a geek?  Perhaps it was that visit to Jodrell Bank as a child and seeing the huge Lovell Telescope that inspired me.  As part of August heritage month, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, as it is now known, is putting on a centenary exhibition called The Station, The Story of Jodrell Bank to celebrate its contribution to scientific research which I hope to go and see.

I also remember a family visit to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, seeing a show at the planetarium and being enthralled by the stars, planets and distant galaxies projected onto the dome.

While on holiday in Florida I went to the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral which was awesome.  Having the opportunity to look at a space shuttle up close, see the massive Vehicle Assembly Building and the Apollo/Saturn V Centre was incredible.  There is also a mission control section where you can experience the countdown before launch and see the actual consoles used during the Apollo launches – it was as good as seeing a live launch.

Several years ago I visited the National Space Centre in Leicester which has the largest planetarium in the United Kingdom, a 3D Simulator experience and a 42m high Rocket Tower.

In February of this year I went to the Science Museum in London to see Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age exhibition which was about how Russia turned the dream of space travel into a reality and became the first nation to explore space.  The highlights of the exhibition were seeing Vostok 6 which was the capsule flown by Valentina Tereshkova who was the first woman in space; the LK-3 Lunar Lander which is a single cosmonaut craft built to compete with Apollo and a collection of gadgets that cosmonauts need to live in space.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that I married a rocket scientist.

Join us @ReadWatchPlay on Tuesday 30 August when we will be discussing #geekread.  Use the tags #geekread and #rwpchat so everyone can join in the conversation.

Monique – Surrey Libraries





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