100th Birthday Fun!

The crowd watching Devo on stage at the Natural History Museum's 100th  Birthday celebration (click for larger view)

The crowd watching Devo on stage at the Natural History Museum’s 100th Birthday celebration (click for larger view)

The 100th Birthday party at the Natural History Museum was fantastic! Adam Steltzner’s talk was excellent and it was a pleasure to be the MC and introduce him and run the Q&A. (It was a tall order for me to fill Michael Quick’s shoes, but I gave it a shot.) The audience was really great, and there were several great questions. The wide shot (click for larger view) at the top is a panorama shot of the outdoor concert stage, with Devo just starting their set (GZA of Wu-Tang Clan was on just before). I took it* while standing under the fin whale skeleton that is the centerpiece of the new Otis Booth entryway pavilion that was unveiled just minutes earlier. (See more about that space and other new exhibits here.) Here are a couple of shots (click for larger view) from Adam’s session, where he gave an inspiring talk about the engineering of the landing of the Curiosity Mars rover, with reflections on space exploration in general**:

Adam Steltzner talking about the Curiosity Mission at the Natural History Museum's 100th Birthday bash

Adam Steltzner talking about the Curiosity Mission at the Natural History Museum’s 100th Birthday bash



Clifford Johnson introducing Adam Steltzner at the Natural History Museum's 100th Birthday bash

Introducing Adam Steltzner at the Natural History Museum’s 100th Birthday bash

-cvj

*Thanks aef for the loan of your camera!
**Thanks aef for these!

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