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Full Moon Over McDonnel Planetarium

This uniquely designed planetarium, 72 feet tall with a 60 foot diameter dome, contains educational exhibits including a seismograph, Focault Pendulum, holographic display, Laserium and Star Shows.

Full Moon Over McDonnel Planetarium

There are also NASA space exhibits consisting of Mercury II and Gemini IV spacecraft. An Air Force Thor-Able IV Missile stands alongside the planetarium. The architectural from of the planetarium is a Hyperbola of revolution.

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Cascais in Portugal

Cascais: Praia de Santa Marta. Costa do Estoril. Cascais is the dormitory of the Lisbon international working community and the “younger set” who enjoy the diverse and sophisticated the nightlife. Within easy reach of Cascais is the famous beach at Guincho with its high waves that attract windsurfers from all around the world as having some of the best rollers in Europe. The next town to the east of Cascais is the resort town of Estoril with its popular Casino.

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Sintra in Portugal

A tourist region par excellence, Sintra is one of the most delightful places to be found in Portugal. With its extensive range of green bills with its crags – the Serra de Sintra – so picturesquely situated and offering stupendous views of the coastline with its impressive beauty, Sintra is indeed “a garden of the earthly paradise”.

Sintra in Portugal

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Sintra has remained even nowadays the “noble town surrounded by many estates, pleasant woods with plentiful springs of excellent water”, referred to by various old authors. Sintra is both a town and a municipality in the Lisbon Coast/aka Estoril Coast region of Portugal. Its spectacular setting, 28km from Lisbon, houses a Royal Palace, used by generations of Portuguese royalty prior to the 1910 revolution. The surrounding hills are surmounted by the remains of the Moorish Castle and by the nineteenth-century Pena Palace.Historic Sintra is an heritage patrimony sight declared by UNESCO.

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Helsinki – Helsingfors

Helsinki is on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. When one looks from Helsinki, Tallinn is on the opposite side of the sea, but it is too far away to see. A poetic name for Helsinki is “the daughter of the Baltic Sea”. Helsinki is the capital city of Finland. Helsinki is the largest city in Finland.

Helsinki - Helsingfors

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Helsinki was founded in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa of Sweden as a trading post to compete with Tallinn to the south in Estonia, which was Danish at that time. Today Helsinki is by far Finland’s most cosmopolitan city and, while no London or New York, there is a fairly good selection of people from all around the world.

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Bergbaumuseum Bochum, Germany

This is a German postcard showing the Bergbaumuseum in Bochum. This is a very famous mining musuem in this area.

Bergbaumuseum Bochum, Germany

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