Rockets, Missiles and Giant Antennas
New Mexico Museum of Space History
In our travels, we discovered how important the State of New Mexico is to scientific research and development. Over the past few days, we toured a Space Museum, a Missile Range Museum and an Astronomical Radio Observatory.
The Space Museum, in Alamogordo, lays at the base of Sacramento Mountains. We could see the tall rocket on display from a few miles away. Outside the museum, there was an authentic F-1 Rocket Engine. Kurt saw an opportunity for his miniature mechanics to help out on a huge, important job.
White Sands Missile Range Museum
The White Sands Missile Range Museum is at the foothill of Organ Mountains, between Alamogordo and Las Cruces. It's an active base, carrying research, development and testing of missiles. Kurt found out that the Museum had on display the Fat Man bomb casing on loan from another museum. A miniature scientist is introducing the bomb's design to a high ranking officer visiting the base.
Astronomical Radio Observatory: The Very Large Array
The Very Large Array (VLA) is 50 miles west of Soccoro between the towns of Magdalena and Datil. It was the most impressive display of science: 27 antennas, combined to form a gigantic one, continuously searching the sky for distant radio waves. Bringing the miniature engineers on site to repair enormous antennas felt just right!
To see the final images go to the gallery The Zenith Project.
Exploring the Southwest
We’re back on the road for the winter! We packed the miniatures for a tour of the country, we have a few places on our list to visit in New Mexico and Arizona and a lot of room for unscheduled stops!
On our way down from Minneapolis, MN we drove through Tucumcari and the ghost town of Cuervo in New Mexico. Both towns were covered with snow and looked very different from our original Mini Road Trips Route 66 postcards series.
Secret Christmas Project
We've had a very eventful past week. Our van died a few days before we were to make our way to Colorado and the Southwest for a couple projects with nearing deadlines. For one of the projects we needed snow, lots of it and a Christmas spirit. Being stuck in Minnesota in early November, the task seemed arduous, almost impossible.
Thankfully our prayers were answered when 6 inches of fresh snow fell on Minnesota last Monday. I have to hand it to Kurt for remaining creative in the mist of chaos. One project down, on to the next one!