Monday, December 10, 2012

D.C., it's all in the details.

Old Town Alexandria.

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Arlington Cemetery.

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Sculpture Garden.

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Natural History Museum.

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Air and Space Museum.

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This is the actual airplane (the world's first successful airplane) that the Wright brothers flew in... Wow.

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A note about this one... When I was in school, I wanted to be an astrophysicist. I loved looking at the moon and the planets and the stars and I wanted to study them more. However, once I started physics class, I realised I really don't like physics... Which is unfortunate because I have a good understanding of it and did well in the exams. At that time, sadly, I didn't know that physics isn't the be all and end all of space exploration... I didn't know that astrobiology and astrochemistry exist so I gave up on that particular dream.

Luckily, I didn't give up on my dream to be a scientist! I became a chemist instead and I haven't looked back! I love chemistry and this PhD (most of the time) and know I chose the right path.

The Curiosity rover landed on Mars in August and I visited this museum two weeks ago and now my interest and love for space has peaked again. I'm really inspired! I may not follow a career in space exploration (which is still not exactly out of the question) but I've made a promise to myself to take out my (probably quite basic) old telecope when I get home, read books on space (right now I'm reading A Briefer History of Time) and catch up on all the space news. My active interest in space waned when I started college, but I'm reviving it now. And who knows, maybe I'll work for NASA some day... That'd be awesome.

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A Lunar Module built for Project Apollo.

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