Just as our understanding of our universe continues to expand, so too does our MOVA Space line of products. As we’ve added celestial objects other than planets to our collection, we’ve received lots of questions about our Vesta MOVA Globe. So we went straight to the source to get you answers. We spoke to Dr. Marc D Rayman, Chief Engineer/Mission Director at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who originally reached out to us and gave us the image of Vesta you can see on our MOVA Globe today. Read on to learn more about this fascinating asteroid, the Dawn mission, and what exactly all the colors on the Vesta image mean.
Archives for September 2015
Situated just 45 miles southeast of Houston, Texas is Galveston Island, a small barrier island known for its historical and cultural significance. A center of trade and a gateway for thousands of immigrants, the island is now preserved by the Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) and is home to many historic sites making it a must-see tourist destination. John Schaumburg III, assistant director of the Texas Seaport Museum, spoke with us about GHF’s preservation and MOVA Globes’ appeal to visitors and tourists alike.
When was the last night you took time to gaze at the Moon and reflect on your life, past, present or future? If your answer is “too long ago,” then today, September 19th, is the perfect excuse to get back in the moon-watching game. Each fall, International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is a celebration of our nighttime version of the sun. Worldwide, people get together to learn about the moon’s history and impact on cultures and of course, sit back and observe. In honor of InOMN, we’ve scoured the web for our favorite fun facts about the Moon and for interactive, creative ways to participate in this special day.
In this day and age, many of us are using GPS to navigate around our neighborhoods, countries, even around the world. For the average person, Google Maps and smartphone apps have become so commonplace that it can be easy to forget what this technology means in the grand scheme of things. Sure, getting from Point A to Point B now starts with only a few clicks on your keyboard or a couple taps on your smartphone. However, looking from a much broader perspective, GPS represents just another traceable step in the evolution of how we navigate around our planet.
One step in particular that has often been overlooked and forgotten is the history and art of globe making. While globes are now primarily used as decorative items rather than educational tools, they represent the culmination of centuries of exploration, discoveries, conflicts, and trial and error. Follow along as we briefly delve into the history of globes, their transformation over time, and the increasingly extinct practice of hand-making them. [Read more…]