Among the many things we saw in our short visit, here were just a few of my favorites:
|The space shuttle Discovery is an awesome sight as you approach it|
|These beautiful, sparkly "umbrellas" are actually part of a satellite system.|
|It may look menacing, but this aircraft is used only for surveillance.|
|Recognize this? It's the "spacecraft" from the current hit film Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway|
|The "mother ship" used in the '70s movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.|
As an artist, I've always been inspired by photos of outer space -- the dazzling beauty of nebulas, the planets, the Milky Way and of course views of Earth taken from manned spacecraft. Visiting the Udvar Hazy allowed me to see the technological side of space exploration. It gave me an even greater appreciation for the vision and courage of the men and women who are its pioneers. It was a wonderfully informative experience. Thanks to Udvar Hazy, I'll never look up at the stars in quite the same way again!
Text and images ©2014 Lynn Edwards