Tucson, Arizona 2021-06-02 22:38:38 –
Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) — Arizona has been a leader in space exploration for over 100 years. On Wednesday, the Tucson Museum’s space exhibition was visited by an Arizona senator who had actually been to space.
Prior to becoming an Arizona US Senator, Mark Kelly made four laps on the Space Shuttle. His blue flight suit is on display along with his logbook of two flights. One of them is a letter from my wife Gabby Giffords.
Looking at the display case log, Kelly said: “They (the museum curators) didn’t read it, but it’s on the back of my notebook.”
Long before people flew into space, the clear sky of Arizona was the center of the world for exploring space with a telescope. The exhibit includes a blurry photo of a discovery made by Flagstaff in 1930.
Looking at the picture, Kelly asked the museum guide: Yup”
Arizona scientists not only created a map of the moon for Apollo astronauts, but also became a place for astronauts to actually prepare to walk on the moon.
Kelly was even more impressed with the history of another astronaut on display.
“Well, Buzz Aldrin. One of his training suits on Apollo 11 is pretty fuss when I get inside. You can see that Tucson has it.
And Kelly talks about the impact of space exploration and space flight landings on Arizona’s economy.
“Especially with respect to our university. University of Arizona, ASU, Northern Arizona University–These all have connections and programs. OSIRIS REx is one of those managed by the University of Arizona. Mars, Landing on Mars The ship, another mission control center, was in Thuson, University of Arizona, which means that federal funds flow into the state and employment. “
But, according to Kelly, all of this is the benefit of learning more about the main mission of Arizona: the universe.
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