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SICAS_220630_05.JPG: Space Shuttle Spacesuit
The Space Shuttle Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) is a reusable spacesuit for spacewalks. Astronauts have worn these suits to build the International Space Station and repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Each suit has 18 pieces that connect together to fit almost any size astronaut. The EMU is actually a personal spacecraft.
The suit has 14 layers:
* Three inner layers help keep the astronaut comfortable.
* Two middle layers help keep oxygen in the suit.
* Nine outer layers help protect the astronaut from extreme temperatures, solar radiation, and tiny buts of space junk.
SICAS_220630_11.JPG: "The best blood of England runs through my veins. On my father's side I am Northumberland, on my mother's I am related to kids, but this avails me not; my name will live on in the memory of men when the titles of the Northumberlands and Percys are extinct or forgotten."
-- James Smithson, undated
SICAS_220630_15.JPG: The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory: Then and Now
SICAS_220630_29.JPG: "... to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge..."
-- Will of James Smithson, 1829
SICAS_220630_37.JPG: Smithsonian Visitor Center
There's More to Explore!
Through this hallway view exhibits:
* Welcome to Your Smithsonian
* Building America's National Collection: 175 Years of Collecting
SICAS_220630_40.JPG: Visitors to the Smithsonian
View of the museum in the Lower Main Hall, looking east
Visitors documented in an 1867 photograph posed toward the center of the Lower Main Hall, newly decorated after water damaged the walls during the fire that raged through the building's upper floor in 1865.
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2022_DC_SI_Castle: DC -- Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) (4 photos from 2022)
2022 photos: Here's hoping we've finally learned something from the Trump and COVID-19 pandemics. I continue to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras for most things (and a Nikon D7000 for receptions and a Nokia 5.3 for variety) but the camera, which came out a decade ago, is no longer repairable so when the last of my four XS-1s break, I'll have to figure out a comparable camera to use instead.
This website had its 20th anniversary in August, 2022.
Trips this year:
(February) a visit to see Dad and Dixie in Asheville, NC with some other members of my family, and
(July) a trip out west for the return of San Diego Comic-Con.
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