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Fun With Flash Pickling

Welcome to what will hopefully be the first in a series of fun experiments with COSI. Usually when we are doing something cool in the building, be it a show or one of our hallway activities, we know what the outcome is going to be. For that reason we cannot properly call them experiments since we already know what is going to happen. That is why we always get excited when we run up against a question from a guest or another team member that we do not know the answer to. Last week we came upon one of these unanswered questions and knew it was time to try an experiment.

Printing in 3D

In COSI's Teen Tech Studio, teens often ask about the cost of 3D printers.  And the answer is that it depends on a lot of big of a print area do you want?  Print quality?  Type of filament?  DIY kit? Etc.


A photo of the 3D printer at COSI.


Congratulations to the European Space Agency on their Rosetta Mission and their lander, Philae, reaching the surface! For the first time in human history, a spacecraft has landed on a comet. This is an incredible feat - Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is moving more than forty times faster than a speeding bullet, is spinning, has a rough and rocky surface, and is ejecting gases. The European Space Agency launched Rosetta in 2004, so today is the culmination of 10 years of traveling through space for this one moment.
Here's an image taken from Philae as it approached the landing site earlier today.

Columbus Mini Maker Faire Recap

Check out some highlights from the 2014 Columbus Mini Maker Faire held on October 11, 2014.


Behind the Scenes in The Planetarium

Here's a rare "behind the screen" shot of our Planetarium from above. We're looking through the tiny holes in the dome to the theater below, as we prepare for our reopening on November 22. We have been installing shows, rehearsing our live performances, and cleaning to get ready for the big day.
Photo of the Planetarium screen.
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