It is out of this world and will likely be seen in a nearby community soon. Angela Roeber is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Strategic Air & Space Museum near Ashland and they are officially unveiling their new mobile observatory and outreach laboratory.
The lab is a trailer with living quarters, ham radios, an APRS tracking system, computers, printers, a weather station, red interior lights for night vision and a remote hook-up system for computer control of outdoor telescopes. Roeber says now they can take their show on the road.
Roeber says they will be using the lab for demonstrations, star parties and high altitude balloon launches. They are also launching a contest for the most creative and innovative name for the mobile lab. The winner will receive two scholarships to the Museum’s Astronaut Academy Summer Camp.
The lab’s first stop will be in Chadron and Imperial the first week in June.