animals inside out. at first, i wasn’t sure if it could handle it. i thought that i might just walk out after a few steps, a few minutes. i even asked the staff member if anyone’s ever walked out or felt ill by what they saw. and not that it alleviated my concerns, she simply said “yes, lots.”
i’m talking about the animal inside out exhibition at science world.
i’ve been to gunther von hagen’s body worlds exhibit in new york, as well as, in vancouver. although it’s disconcerting to see plastinated humans, i was able to stomach it. for the most part. but animals…. i love animals. i had to give a disclaimer to sean and for him to prepare for me to walk out at any moment.
but i stayed. and i went through the whole exhibit. although it was a bit sad, i felt the exhibit was respectful and educational, bordering on captivating and disturbing.
being sensitive of viewers, i’m not going to post pictures right on my blog. i don’t like being visually assaulted when i’m not expecting it, as i’m sure others don’t either. nothing chaps me more than content that might be disturbing popping up in all its glory, without so much as a warning on my twitter feed.
to view the pictures, click here for my flickr.
another reason i wanted to go to science world was for the red bull stratos exhibit, featuring felix baumgartner’s space suit and capsule he rode up to the edge of space, before free fall jumping 128,000 feet back to earth.
i remembered watching the world record jump online in 2012. what a nail-biter of a moment! and now i get to see the suit and capsule with my very eyes.
final mission records include:
- first person to break the speed of sound in freefall, without the protection or propulsion of a vehicle
- fastest freefall: 843.6 miles per hour
- highest exit (jump) altitude: 127,852 feet
- longest freefall distance: 119,431.1 feet
- highest manned balloon ascent: 128,177.5 feet
- largest balloon ever flown with a human aboard: 30 million cubic feet
- fastest overland speed of a manned balloon: 135.7 miles per our
- highest untethered altitude outside a vehicle
what an incredible feat for a human! how could one possibly top that in their career slash life? so inspirational just to be in the presence of what made it all possible.
for more pictures of my day at science world, click here for my flickr.
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