Monday, September 14, 2020
The International Space Museum Celabrates 15 Years
By Bixyl Shuftan
check the 2019 article. And at 11 AM that Sunday, they threw a party to celebrate.
Aristippus, The Sexy DJ, opens up his vinyl vault to help celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the International Spaceflight Museum at 11 a.m. The dance floor is located in the middle of the museum's iconic Rocket Ring. Fireworks will follow. Dress: Space chic or casual.
Dropping by with an alt, there was a banner proudly proclaiming the anniversary. As the announcement stated, the party was on a blue dance platform in the middle of the museum, with the DJ in an astronaut's suit playing the tunes such as "Star Trekkin," "Break on Through (To the Other Side)," "Mr. Spaceman," "Space Girls," and "Rocket Man." There was a display of a space travel website and another showing how a probe to the nearby star of Alpha Centauri could be sent about 50 years from now. Another poster had an astronaut pointing at the reader "We Need YOU," clearly based on the old Uncle Sam "I want YOU" recruitment posters.
There was a little talk about the sim, "This is a cool sim." "Thanks, Mojo! A lot of people have contributed to making it over the years. Not laggy despite the great builds." Of the music, some of the 50's songs got chuckles. When "Rocket Man" played, someone commented, "There's a slightly older song called 'Rocket Man' by Pearls Before Swine, a quite depressing song about a husband and father lost in space. Said to have inspired Elton and his partner Bernie Taupin to make this song."
They weren't neglecting the ISM in Second Life, though, "Here in SL we have a new solar system tour, featuring a SpaceX Crew Dragon. So, right up to date." I then asked with Dragon starting it's manned launches, were they anticipating having launch and landing events at the museum every year like they had with the space shuttle in earlier years? Kat wasn't sure, "If people want to do that we could, if the streaming works. NASA TV quit working, which is why we haven't done them recently." To her, that was a bummer, "Those launch parties were fun."
blockchain/crypto technology. ... It's possible to do collectibles that can have their ownership history recorded on the blockchain. We'll have an announcement once we're ready to launch them."
So what else had been going on with the ISM recently? She answered, "We've had exhibits in several expositions, like the SciFi Con and Expo, and SL birthdays. And World Space Week is coming up in October. We'll be joining National Space Society to celebrate that. We're also working on some more rockets, especially the Rocket Lab Electron. ... Rocket Lab recently announced plans for a Venus trip. We're really excited about the private space companies. Not just SpaceX.
Kat went on, "One of these days we'll have a good inventory of all our exhibits. We put in a lot of work a few years ago into developing a metadata schema for 3D objects, but haven't implemented it yet." I asked why not, and she answered, "The wiki got corrupted, and we got busy with other things. But recently I found a good copy, so we'll probably get back to it sometime. ... Working on the NFTs is pretty intensive, so that's probably our next big push."
That was pretty much everything on the ISM director's mind, "I can't think of anything, except to thank the community for all the support!"
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