Museum Blog

  • Mauritius is a country of migrants. When colonists first landed on the island they found only wild plants and animals. Every person came from somewhere else, either by choice or by force. One remarkable story of migration here begins in 1834, when 30 men and 6 women from Calcutta arrived in…
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  • On 18 October Jeff Stephenson and Frank Krell drove from Denver to Helena, Montana, to collect a major donation (only to find out in the middle of nowhere, Wyoming, that the gas gauge of the Museum vehicle didn't work). In Helena resides Dr. Bea Vogel, DMNS Research Associate and first preside…
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  • Today's blog is written by one of our 2012 Teen Science Scholars, Valeria Martinez.  Over the summer she learned how we collect and process information in the Genetics of Taste study.  She delved into the data and came up with the question she wanted to investigate from start to finish: question, hy…
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  • Without a doubt, this was one of the most memorable days of my life!  We were positioned within an arm's reach of the crew as they left their sleeping quarters and again, a few hours later, as they walked by in their space suits to board their bus to the launch pad.  It was amazing t…
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  • Watching Soyuz Roll By

    Posted 10/21/2012 by Steven Lee | Comments
    Our ride to Baikonour Cosmodrome started bright and early (6am).  We parked our van near the Soyuz assembly building, and were waved through a gate.  My jaw dropped when I saw that we were being told to stand near a barrier about 20 feet from a rail track and an electric locomotive;&…
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  • Where It All Began

    Posted 10/20/2012 by Steven Lee | Comments
    We've arrived at Baikonour Cosmodrome -- where the Space Age began when the USSR launched the first artificial Earth satellite in 1957.  Certainly feels like a pilgrimage!  Also feels a long way from home, as we're now 12 hours ahead of Denver ... Baikonour itself is a small city (…
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  • Leaving for Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson Bay October 20 for 4 days of polar bears.  Hopefully we'll see some other wildlife like arctic hares and foxes.  I'll post pics when I get back.
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  • Planes Galore

    Posted 10/19/2012 by Steven Lee | Comments
    Curator of planetary science Steve Lee has just embarked on a rare adventure to enter the once highly classified world of Russian space travel as a privileged guest. He and and a small group of Museum staff and guests will explore Star City, outside of Moscow, the premier training fa…
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  • We spent most of today on the outskirts of Moscow at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center -- also known as Star City. This is the once top-secret facility where all cosmonauts have been trained since the beginning of the Space Age. Since crew members of all nationalities are now launched…
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  • Made it to Moscow

    Posted 10/17/2012 by Steven Lee | Comments
    We made it to Moscow safe and sound a bit after noon today.  Even our luggage arrived on time -- a major plus!  One major impression so far -- Moscow's traffic is amazingly congested!  It took us nearly two hours to reach our hotel from the airport.  Definitely not a place …
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