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A Visit to the Pacific Science Center

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(Monday) Cousin Tom and I had one last item on my bucket list (for this trip), as my time is running out. Actually, I could spend a month in the State of Washington exploring its various regions. Perhaps I will in another year or two as I work my way west on my motor home State Capitol crusade.

The Pacific Science Center in downtown Seattle is located at the former Seattle World's Fair site, adjacent to the Space Needle. Large, it covers 7 acres under the roof, it is composed of several connected buildings with a beautiful water lagoon in the center with water features , such as fountains, etc. In addition, there are lazer light shows, a tropical butterfly garden, and 2 IMAX theaters.
The strong focus is on educating students of all ages on various aspects of science. Tom and I learned things we never thought about. Yes, there is still some youth in this old body! Of particular interest to us was the Special Feature about China's Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor. It is a large traveling exhibit which displays various life-size clay or terracotta figures from the First Imperial Dynasty or Qin Dynasty. The exhibit shows different casts of soldiers who traveled with and protected the Emperor 2,200 years ago. The Emperor's belief that to recreate his security force in terracotta he would be protected into eternity. This discovery is considered one of the most epic discoveries of our time. In his burial mausoleum covered by an earthen mound of gigantic proportions (22 sq. miles) are thousands of artifacts discovered about 25 years ago. The archaeological digs will continue long into the future in China. The Emperor's vast army was believed to be a million strong. He ruled it with amazing efficiency with a unified writing system, standard currency, weights and measures, meticulous record keeping, etc. The IMAX film feature we saw was entitled, MYSTERIES OF CHINA, which tells the story of the Qin Dynasty and the discovery of the buried terracotta warriors. All very interesting and if the display comes your way it is well worth seeing.

I bid a sad farewell to my cousin Tom. We really enjoyed each other during this visit to his town.

Last evening A. Sandra and I went to dinner and enjoyed Our Last Supper together, for this year anyway. A good time.

Posted by dixter 07:32 Archived in USA Tagged the a to center pacific visit science

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