Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Trip to the Morehead Space Science Center

Last Friday, the Math, Science Organization, which is the science club at my college, visited the Space Science Center at Morehead State University.  We usually visit once a year.  The students enjoy visiting the Star Theater.  The faculty enjoy visiting the labs.  Everybody enjoys dinner at Pasqualle's afterward.

The tour was given by Eric Thomas, who was very generous with his time.

One of the additional purposes for our trip was to return the Space Cube.  Last year, Dr. Bob Twiggs gave our college the opportunity to put an experiment on the International Space Station.  That would make our community college the first to do so.  Unfortunately, the time and financial costs are too high for us to take advantage of Dr. Twiggs' generous offer.

The space cube with some donated components

One of the projects that the Space Science Center is work on is launching weather balloons.  A weather balloon launch costs around $700.  That fits very well into a community college.  We are trying to make arrangements with Mr. Thomas to tag along on some of their flights.

The end of the tour was a demonstration of their planetarium, the Star Theater.  For the astronomical portion we saw one of the programs on the different galaxies and a demonstration of the capabilities of the planetarium with images from the solar system.  Afterward, we were treated to a laser show featuring rock from the Eighties.  This year, I managed to stay awake through the whole show.  Two years ago, I fell asleep and snored through the show.

Pictures from the trip follow.

Did somebody say "Road trip"?

The Moon over the Space Science Center

These are CubeSats which are one of the major focuses of the Space Science Center

These are the students who attended the trip, with advisor Mr. Scott Stauble (bottom of stairs) 

Eric Thomas shows the group a model of the CXBN nano satellite

A view from inside the anechoic chamber

Mr. Thomas talks about the S-band receiver for the radio telescope

A view of the 21 meter radio telescope from the control room

Dinner at Pasqualle's