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‘Space & Flight’ exhibit opens at the Imaginarium

An orange windsock lets everyone know that a new exhibit has landed at the Imaginarium’s “Intergalactic Airport” in Nevada City.

This two-month exhibit – which opens Saturday and continues through mid-June – explores aspects of the Wright brothers to manned space flight. Highlights of “Space & Flight” are a real moon rock, flight simulator, wind tunnel, space capsule and art inspired by the galaxy.

Answering the question of “Who was first to go to space: Man or monkey?”, the space capsule on display was used to prove that live animals aboard a spacecraft could carry out jobs during launch, weightlessness and re-entry. Children will have the opportunity to learn about the lives of the chimps, such as one named Ham Ham. He blasted off inside Mercury Capsule No. 5 on Jan. 31, 1961, and was weightless for a total of 6.6 minutes, during which time he performed all of his tasks successfully. This flight led directly to the launch of America’s first human suborbital flight with Alan Shepard.

Another highlight of “Space & Flight” is an art exhibit representing 40 artists from the International Association of Astronomical Artists. The artists combine science, creativity and imagination to represent their images of the universe, from our Earth and stars to the galaxies beyond.

What: Space & Flight Exhibit Opening

When: Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m. (exhibit continues through June 19, Noon-5 p.m., Fridays through Sundays)

Where: Imaginarium, 161 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City

Admission: $3 Students/Seniors, $5 Adults, Free Children Under 3

Information: 478-6415

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