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Courtesy photo by Timothy Taber - at the McAuliffe-Shepard Center in Concord, Education Coordinator Ryan Mahoney, left, and Maintenance Engineer Mike Larochelle prepare the new "Discover the Moon" exhibit, on Friday June 21.
Saturday, June 22, 2013

Museum exhibits don't spring to life fully formed, like Athena from Zeus' head

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord is opening a new exhibit on Sunday that hightlights the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, an observation satellite orbiting the moon, including research about cosmic rays being done by UNH scientists with one of the LRO instruments. NASA highlights the latest UNH finding on its LRO website.

My column Monday will be about how this exhibit, highlighting real and important space research, is part of the museum's attempt to become more than a place where you take the kids (a problem for all science museums).

As the above photo shows, they were still putting the exhibit together Friday when I visited. It was cool to see it halfway out of the cocoon, so to speak; usually we only see museums fully formed.

Part of the exhibit is going to be a tabletop cloud chamber, so you can see cosmic rays (sort of). Very cool!