The Moon and Mars from the Astro Café

In honor of Observe the Moon night we attended the Astro Café on the aircraft carrier Intrepid. The Intrepid is now a floating air and space museum. Permanently docked at Pier 86 on the Hudson in Hell's Kitchen, New York. The Astro Cafe is a monthly free public outreach event. The deck of the Intrepid is lined with telescopes, with drinks and an invited speaker in the Space Shuttle pavilion.

The Moon and Mars from the deck of the Intrepid on 2016-10-07 6:45 PM EDT:

A quick (overexposed) close up of the Moon with my iPhone through one of the telescopes set up on the deck:

Our speaker for the eventing was Dr. Shawn Phillips, chief of the Rocket Lab at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Dr. Phillips spoke of the Rocket Lab's efforts to reverse engineer the Russian RD-180 rocket engine the "Lamborghini of rocket engines".

The space shuttle Enterprise:

The Intrepid from the dock:

Content created: 2016-10-07

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