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Virtual Universe: Our Solar Neighborhood with Jackie Faherty
Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 pm
Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
$15 Adults, $13.50 Members, students, seniors
Join Jackie Faherty for a tour of Earth’s neighborhood. On the first Tuesday of each month, Virtual Universe offerings take visitors on trips through our solar system and beyond in live, interactive programs that include question-and-answer sessions. The Museum invites all to take the journey of a lifetime.
For a quick glimpse of a Virtual Universe program, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17jymDn0W6U
Created especially for the World Science Festival, this presentation allows you to experience the Hayden Planetarium’s Digital Universe with an immersive, three-dimensional tour of the cosmos that will change your perspective on home. (continue reading…)
In 1954, a sled powered by six rockets with a human rider reached 421 mph, running 3,550-ft on heavy rails mounted in concrete at rails at Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, NM. It was the effects of braking from such speed that was being studied. Known as the “abrupt deceleration vehicle,” it was built by the Northrup Aircraft, Inc., to simulate the effects on pilots bailing out of airplanes travelling at supersonic speeds. It was braked rapidly by water scooped in vents in the bottom of the sled from a trough five feet wide and 18 inches deep. Riding on the sled to test the effect of sudden deceleration was Lt. Col. John Paul Stapp, chief of the Aero Medical Field Laboratory at the base. By year’s end, tests increased speed to 632 mph.