This is Hillary Livingston, a model maker, and she is touching up a future lunar base featured in “Beyond Planet Earth”, a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. NASA chemists have even recreated the smell of lunar dust for those interested in smelling it. The AMNH is pretty famous for its tiny dioramas, and I just love that they are finally doing space ones.
My students who have seen Wall-E ask me about space garbage. Is it really that bad? Well, yesterday, it was bad enough for the astronauts on the International Space Station to prepare for the worst case scenario: abandoning it. The six crew members of the space station took refuge in their “lifeboats” as the unidentified object hurtled past them at a speed of 29,000 mph, missing the space station by only 335 meters. The episode took place at 8:08 a.m. Eastern time.