October 8, 2009

Inflatable Solar System Just Like The White House

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So for the last few months, the wife has been working on a big astronomy event at the White House, which just went down tonight. [High five, baby, you pulled it off!] She had 150 middle school kids, a bunch of astronauts, and the entire Obama family out on the South Lawn tonight for a stargazing party that included a tentful of moon rocks, a platoon of telescopes, and some apparently awesome inflatable planetarium domes, which I now want.

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Instead, we've settled for the larger of the two scale models of the solar system, which is made from variously sized beach balls. It's from a company called Learning Resources, and we just ordered a set for the kid.

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It's not as close to scale as but is more fun than the smaller model in which the earth is represented by a thawed frozen pea [from Trader Joe's] which I was requested to hustle out and purchase, along with a blueberry Mars.

Learning Resources Inflatable Solar System Set, around $35 [amazon]
images: reuters and getty via daylife

2 Comments

Oh, those are awesome. My boys would love that (since their new interest is outer-space). Perfect. Thanks for the tip. Oh, and congratulations on the event. Sounds like it must have been a lot of work.

haho cooool

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