TRAVEL

Originally this was called ...

SPACE SITES OF THE SOUTH-WESTERN STATES OF THE USA

...as it chronicling my varied visits to these places in the south west of the USA

It now ranges wider, though admittedly currently most still are...

SPACE SITES OF THE SOUTH-WESTERN STATES OF THE USA

Eventually there are planned click-throughs that will take you to even more details and images of that location
- but still one for later!

The observatory that forms the background image for this page, the Large Binocular Telescope, part of the Mount Graham International Observatory in southern Arizona. Each of the twin mirrors is 8.4m / 27.5ft in diameter!
Meteor Crater

Largest natural hole in the ground, well one of them, the Barringer Meteor Crater in Arizona.

Astronauts trained here and it has featured in several movies, including Starman.

Meteor Crater
Cinder Lake

Actually this is a 'space site'. Cinder Lake in northern Arizona, near Flagstaff, was where the Apollo Lunar Rover was tested.

Craters were blasted into the 'Lunar-like' surface, though these have long been obliterated.

Cinder Lake
Lowell Observatory

The Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Currently in the news with the NASA probe New Horizons have sped past Pluto - discovered here in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh

Lowell Observatory
Roswell Museum What is the town of Roswell in New Mexico famous for? Well besides that it is where Robert Goddard launched his rockets in the 1930s having moved from Massachusetts. The local Museum has a reproduction of his workshop Roswell Museum
UFO Museum

But Roswell also has the UFO Roswell, housed in an old cinema.

And you can have your picture taken with an alien... (This works with either of us saying this...)

 

Crash Site The area around Roswell is full of sites claiming to be the 'crash site'. This was one, about 35 miles north of Roswell itself. And the leticular cloud genuinely appeared over the site at sunset. One can just imagine... Crash Site
Bryce Canyon

One of the National Parks in the southwest USA, Bryce Canyon in Utah.

Amongst the strange rock formations is Thor's Hammer - right

Bryce Canyon
VLA

Largest radio telescope in the world, the 27 dishes of the Very Large Array, Socorro, New Mexico.

It is arranged in a Y formation and this 'Y' shape can can just be made out in the view from the air, right

VLA
Whipple Observatory

The Whipple Observatory on Mount Hopkins, in southern Arizona.
The Multi-Mirror Telescope building is seen on the mountain top, left, while this is reflected - upside down - in the strange Gamma Ray Telescope - right

Whipple-Gamma
White Sands

The White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico.

Featured is the Missile Park with examples of those rockets test fired over the years since WWII from the Range.

White Sands
Griffiths Observatory

The Griffith Observatory on the outskirts of Los Angeles.

Besides being major observatory in its own right, it is often seen as a location in movies and TV, including NCIS-LA and Episodes.

Griffiths Observatory
Arches NP

Largest collection of natural arches in the world - the Arches National Park in Utah.

Left: part of the North and South Windows, also called 'The Spectacles'; right Delicate Arch, the State symbol

Arches NP
Pima Pima Air & Space Museum in south Arizona, the third largest such museum in the USA. Right 'MATS' isn't me, but fun to point out, left. And it's not all American - here a restored RAF Avro Shackleton Pima
Titan Missile

The Titan Missile Museum is part of the Pima Museum. It is the only such missile site that remains with the missile still inside the silo under the blast door - right.

Perhaps one should add that the missile is un-fuelled...

Titan Missile
Mount Wilson

Mount Wilson Observatory, in the San Gabriel Mountains, overlooking Los Angeles.

This houses several large telescopes including the 100 inch (left) and the 150 foot Solar Tower (right)

Mount Wilson
Rachel

The nearest mere mortals are likely to get to Area 51 in Nevada, the small town of Rachel.

There you can find the Little A'Le'Inn and down the road 'the white mail box'...

Rachel
JSC

Home of Mission Control for manned space missions the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. On display is a replica Lunar Rover (see Crater Lake above), while this is one the last shots of the Saturn V still out in the open. It has since been covered.

JSC
Harquahala Mountain The Harquahala Peak Smithsonian Observatory, is perhaps the oddest observatory ever. Plus you need to hike, or use 4-wheel drive, to get up the Arizona Mountain to see it. It was used from 1920 - 1925 but don't expect an observatory dome - it is a two-story hut! Harqualhala Mountain
ISHF The International Space Hall of Fame overlooks Alamogordo in New Mexico. Amongst the exhibits in the John P.Stapp Air and Space Park is Sonic Wind 1, the rocket-powered sled on which he, for many years, held the Land Speed Record at 632mph. ISHF
Biosphere2

Located near Tucson, Arizona, Biosphere 2 has run enclosed- environment experiments for many years.

And if you are wonder why '2', well Biosphere 1 is the Earth itself. ...

Biospehere 2
Monument Valley

Straddling the Utah - Arizona border, Monument Valley has featured in countless movies. Left - Merrick Butte - perhaps the most identifiable feature.

Right: from US Highway 163 looking south towards Monument Valley.

Monument Valley

 


 

BACK TO HOME

Home