Star Search

The best show in the universe is free.

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f you need an escape from the same old Friday-night routine, just look up. Out of sight on the roof of the Museum of Science parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory offers free Friday-night stargazing in the spring, summer, and fall. Need help connecting the dots? Staff members are on hand to point out constellations and other prominent features of the night sky. It’s a starry way to unwind after a long week. Moravek

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The very first contract issued by NASA for the Apollo moon-landing program in 1961 went to MIT to build the guidance and landing computers. MIT scientists simply handed over a computer they’d already started working on for the much more ambitious mission of navigating an unmanned craft to Mars.

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