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If any of you live in or near Los Angeles (or will be visiting), you might want to consider a visit to the Museum of Jurassic Technology. This place doesn't seem to be on the radar of space history enthusiasts, but they have some amazing things. Most notable, they have recently added a stunning exhibit of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky's actual sketches for early rocketships and life in space. They also have a beautiful memorial to the various Russian space dogs: "The Lives of Perfect Creatures." Both are highly recommneded, as is the entire museum (which is a truly odd place, as the name suggests!).

If you don't know about Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, here's a quick overview:

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935), a self-taught Russian school teacher, is recognized as the first man to truly envision human space travel and habitation. Though well-known in the states of the former Soviet Union, his work is scarcely known in the West. Inspired by the practitioners of the remarkable late nineteenth century Russian philosophical school known as Cosmism, Tsiolkovsky’s work, in the end, was a profound influence on the international development of space science.

During his lifetime he published over 500 works on space travel and related subjects, and was most prolific in the years surrounding the turn of the twentieth century. In his works can be found designs for space stations, rockets with steering thrusters, airlocks for exiting a spaceship into the vacuum of space, and closed cycles for biological systems to provide food and oxygen for space colonies.

The MJT has a large collection of his original sketches, along with various maquettes and models inspired by his drawings. The Space Dog exhibit is a sublime memorial to those "perfect creatures" who were the first beings to leave the planet, thereby paving the way for human exploration of space... The MJT is about 40 minutes from Pasadena, near Culver City in Los Angeles. Worth a visit.

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