On May 8th, right here in Southwest DC at the Air and Space Museum, Dr. Carol Raymond gave a lecture about the Vesta asteroid. Dr. Raymond is the Deputy Principal Investigator for the spacecraft that visited Vesta. She told us that it seems that the Vesta asteroid had been impacted by meteors containing water. This shows that the water here on earth may have come from such meteors. She also told us that her project named features on Vesta discovered by the spacecraft with names associated with the Roman Vestal Virgins.

The museum has a lecture by a scientist or aviator about once a month. They are free and usually include free admission to an IMAX movie or a planetarium show and are followed by star gazing through telescopes, in good weather. The spacecraft also confirmed the history of our solar system which has been discovered.

Senator John H. Glenn, who went to space twice, will lecture on Space Exploration from Mercury to the Space Shuttle on Thursday, June 6th, at 8:00pm at the museum. Other lectures are listed on the museum’s web site, http://airandspace.si.edu/events/calendar.cfm.

By B. K. Lunde

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