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Chiefly joy at ANU’s Stromlo plans

By johnboy - 19 January 2011 1

Chief Minister Stanhope is thrilled to bits by ANU’s big announcement today about teaming up with the Smithsonian to run a space museum at Mount Stromlo.

“I warmly welcome the news that the ANU and the Smithsonian will join forces to build a national space science museum at Canberra’s Mount Stromlo Observatory,” Mr Stanhope said.

“It is highly appropriate given the role Canberra and Canberrans have played in the US space program, especially the role of Tidbinbilla Tracking Station in beaming the images of man’s first walk on the moon to the world.

“This announcement compliments the work the ACT Government is already doing through a master planning process to build on the investments we’ve already made in Stromlo Forest Park. Our plan is to make it even better able to support local jobs in the tourism industry and to be an even better place for Canberrans to enjoy.

“We are exploring ways to attract more investment into Stromlo Forest Park, to increase the amount of low-cost tourism accommodation, to provide retail and events spaces, improve the equine and mountain biking tracks and to build a gondola that would scale Mount Stromlo, taking visitors and bike riders to the top.

Not sure how a space museum compliments a mountain bike park, but they probably won’t hurt each other either.

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Chiefly joy at ANU’s Stromlo plans
welkin31 8:12 am 20 Jan 11

Chiefly joy – usually brings on a twinge in my hip pocket nerve.
Was I imagining seeing a “museum devoted to space exploration” when I last visited Tidbinbilla ?

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