Venus is going missing – Again!

The Window of Oportunity to visit Venus is rapidly diminishing! Populär Astronomi reports that Observatoriemuseet, The Stockholm Observatory Museum will close down by the end of the year and no longer be accessible to the public. The Observatory is home to the Venus model of the Sweden Solar system and it is yet unclear what will happen to it. In addition to the exhibition that tells the story of observations in the faclilities dating back to the 18th century, the museum has hosted a series of lectures, available to the public on various scientific subjects. Both the exhibition and the lectures will be sorely missed.

Venus in the Stockholm Observatory Museum

Venus in the Stockholm Observatory Museum
[Photo credit: Emil Vinterhav]


In ”The Planets” challenge the Expedition sets out to explore the planets of the solar system. The plan is to explore the Moonhouse on the planets in visual representations, physically in the Sweden Solar System and, finally, in situ on the actual planets. The Sweden Solar System (SSS) is the worlds largest planetarium stretching over the length of Sweden with The Ericsson Globe Area as a scale model of the Sun and the Terminator Shock in Kiruna. Swedish Solar System Venus
A part of the execution of this plan is to survey the SSS and it was when surveying the planets i Stockholm that the planet Venus was found missing from its named location at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). An enquirey into the mystery revealed that the model had acutually been stolen. According to Gösta Gahm, retired but active astronomer, it is possible that the model (image below) was assumed to be made from copper and stolen for is metal value. The model was in fact made from clay, which would likely have made the thieves very dissapointed, as the value of clay is significanlty less than that of copper. At that time, the expedition was relieved to find out that there was actually an over population of Venuses in SSS with a second model residing at the Observatory Museum.

With Venus becoming inaccessible at the end of the year, be sure to expect a Moonhouse expedition heading this way shortly.

Venushouse

Venushouse – An idea of what it could look like when the expedition meets Venus in the Sweden Solar System
[Photo Credit: Emil Vinterhav]

Kilimanjaro – Full report

Kilimanjaro,  Wilfred Moshi, July 1, 2013.

Kilimanjaro,
Wilfred Moshi, July 1, 2013.

Wilfred Moshi, Moonhouse Explorer to the summit of Kilimanjaro sends his the story of the expedition. The expedition earned Wilfred a place in the Moonhouse Expedition Hall of fame for meeting the first of the objectives in the Summits Challenge of briging the house to the highest summits of each of the seven contients.

Hello all,

Hope you are well. I am fine.

I felt down when I couldn’t take Moonhouse up Kili sometimes early this year. But my down feelings were relieved when I did receive it 27th Jun 2013 from Christer Abrahamsson.

The expedition didn’t start until 1st Jul 2013. Moonhouse Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition was set through Machame route (Whiskey route). I was so curious and so was everyone in the expedition due to the fact that Mt. Kilimanjaro is big mountain thus create its own weather condition. It took 6 days to go up and down Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Luck us, we had fabulous days that carry and with minimal technical we managed to unfold and place moonhouse in couple places for sharing experience with other hikers. On the “D Day” weather didn’t cooperate very well. While other expedition members experienced altitude sickness Moonhouse survived well but not through very strong wind that was blowing almost 50Km/h. At the summit we had to come up with improvisation so that it would stay still or not blown off to the crater rim.

Summited and descent safely to the Mweka gate.

Future: Planning to take Moonhouse to road trip around Tanzania, Moonhouse 2.27 may go to some expedition hikes with me….Elbrus, Denali, Aconcagua, go down into Kilimanjaro crater or into ashpit

Congratulations Wilfred on your successful expedition and fair winds for your coming adventures and look forward to reports from future expeditions.

Follow Wilfred and Kili-Treks on twitter or on through the Kili-treks web site.

While you are at it, remember to follow Moonhouse Expedition on twitter.

Breaking News: Moonhouse on Mt. Kilimanjaro Summit

Kilimanjaro Summit, Wilfred Moshi July 5, 2013

Kilimanjaro Summit, Wilfred Moshi July 5, 2013

Earlier today Wilfred Moshi and Moonhouse #2.27 reached the summit of Kilimanjaro. Read more at the Kili-treks website.

This successful expedition meets the first challenge in the Moonhouse Expeditions ”The Summits Challenge” where the goal is to mount expeditions to the highest peaks of the seven continents. It also earns Wilfred a place in the Moonhouse Explorers hall of fame.

Congratulations Wilfred and three teachers from Edinburgh on your successful expedition. We wish you fair winds for your coming adventures.

PS. Wilfred has promised us an expedition report when he is rested. DS

Kilimanjaro Expedition

Latest news (yesterday) is that an attempt for the summit will be made today. This was the message of a Twitter message that HQ received last night from @WilfredMoshi leading the @kilitreks expedition up the mountain in Tanzania.

We’re @ a place called Barranco 3890m and tomorrow we’ll go to the base camp ready to attempt the summit.

Follow the expedition and trek at the kili-trek home page.

We wish Wilfred and the expedition fair winds all the way to the summit! (Fair winds, in this case, would mean no winds).

Breaking News: Follow Moonhouse Expedition to Kilimanjaro in real time

The Moonhouse Expedition to Kilimanjaro is under way and has reached ”Lava Tower” at 4650 m.

Follow the expedition in real time via Kili-treks twitter feed @kilitreks.

Press stop! – Preparations for an Expedition to Kilimanjaro

Moonhouse #2.27 in preparation for Kilimanjaro.

Moonhouse #2.27 in preparation for Kilimanjaro with Wilfred Moshi.

We are very excited today as the news reaches us that Wilfred Moshi of Kili-Treks is preparing to bring Moonhouse #2.27 on an expedition to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa, the Kilimanjaro. A successful expedition to Kilimanjaro will complete the first objective of the Summits Challenge to place a house on summit on each of the highest mountains on all the continents.

We wish Wilfred fair winds for his coming expedition and look forward to the reports from the summit.

Colosseum – The third of the Seven Wonders.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here at Colosseum, the third of the Seven Wonders of the World to be visited by Moonhouse Expedition

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here at Colosseum, the third of the Seven Wonders of the World to be visited by Moonhouse Expedition

Rome, Hotel Atlantico, Emil Vinterhav.

#1.4 Rome, Hotel Atlantico, Emil Vinterhav.

We wanted to catch Rome at its best and have the benefit of the morning light and thus we set out to start our expedition early. By 7:15 am we had finished breakfast and checked out from the hotel Moonhouses #1.4”, #2.3 and I. We were on an important mission this warm summer morning in Rome. We were setting out on an expedition to the Colosseum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the third to be explored by a Moonhouse Expedition. From the hotel close to Rome Termini, the central station in Rome, it was supposedly a 25 minute walk to the Colosseum and Forum Romanum.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #2.3 to Rome. Here on a Roman door bell.

#2.3 Door bell Emil Vinterhav

The path of the most successful expedition is, as any seasoned explorer knows, never the simplest, or even the suggested. Exploring is all about making unexpected choices and going where no house has gone before and the best place for a house is not necessarily what is considered when a path is suggested to you as an explorer. So, instead of taking the main road this expedition ventured down the back streets of a down town Italian capital busy readying itself to welcome the world to another day in its long history. Every turn in the road or exit from the main road was assumed to lead to hidden treasure in the form of unexpected and exotic settings to explorer with the Moonhouses.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here in grape vines, Can you hear it?

#1.4 Roman Grape Vine Emil Vinterhav

At one place along the trail the expedition chose to divert the path through an ancient tunnel thought the (what should be trademarked) Roman combination of reinvented ruins and explored along the way. Among the settings explored were the overgrowth on old an old building where the Moonhouse made itself well at home on the grapevine as it were.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here at Colosseum one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here at Colosseum one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Amidst the exploring of the roman milieus suddenly the expedition found itself on a little hill right next to and overlooking the objective of this expedition, the Colosseum. Removed from the visitors from the four corners of the world milled around the landmark building below, the expedition was free to explore the relation to the Colosseum on the hill.
At a first glance the Colosseum and the Moonhouse may not appear to have much in common but there are connections, of course when you look for them. Both are designed to stand out their surroundings and to make a mark in people’s minds. Red houses with white corners have housed generations of swedes and still do while the Colosseum was once designed to house the Romans for a bit of fun and games. The Colosseum is not exceedingly dramatically coloured as is the Moonhouse but it does have a distinct Moon colour.
The connections may be academic but the pictures in the Roman early morning are unconditionally beautiful and dramatic as are the pictures from the following expedition leg to the Forum Romanum. After Forum Romanum the expedition added a leg to the monument over Vittorio Emanuele II, the king that united Italy at the turn of the previous century.

This expedition marks another accomplishement in the challenge to bring the Moonhouse Expedition to the seven wonders of the world and earns Emil Vinterhav a place in the Moonhouse Explorers Hall of Fame.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here posing as ruins.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here posing as ruins.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here with the Dome of Saint Peter in the background.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here with the Dome of Saint Peter in the background.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here in the grass at Forum Romanum.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here in the grass at Forum Romanum.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here at Forum Romanum in an alcove prepared for it 2000 years ago.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here at Forum Romanum in an alcove prepared for it 2000 years ago.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here at the Arch of Constantine adjacent to the Colosseum.

On June 28, 2013 Emil Vinterhav brought Moonhouse #1.4 to Rome. Here at the Arch of Constantine adjacent to the Colosseum.

7 Wonders of Sweden – House #2.28 at the Turning Torso and the Öresund Bridge

7 wonders Sweden - #2.26 at the Turning Torso sky scraper in Malmö with Patrik Wennberg May 10, 2013

7 wonders Sweden – #2.26 at the Turning Torso sky scraper in Malmö with Patrik Wennberg May 10, 2013

The Moonhouse Expedition has taken a significant step toward meeting one of the challenges that has been set up for it. On the morning of May 10, 2013 Patrik Wennberg brought the not to one, but two of the seven wonders of Sweden when he brought House #2.28 to the Öresund Bridge and to the Turning Torso in Malmö, thereby earning himself a place among the Moonhouse Expedition Explorers League.

7 wonders Sweden - #2.26 at the Öresund bridge in Malmö with Patrik Wennberg on May 10, 2013

7 wonders Sweden – #2.26 at the Öresund bridge in Malmö with Patrik Wennberg on May 10, 2013

Taj Mahal

The Moonhouse with the Taj Mahal in the background

The Moonhouse Expedition with Cajsa Högberg at Taj Mahal at Agra, India.

Cajsa Högberg has brought the Moonhouse to Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Cajsa was in India and Agra on business and brought a Moonhouse along. 
The Taj Mahal was completed between 1632 and 1643 by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal]. The building is considered to the be one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
When the Moonhouse meets the Taj Mahal it is a meeting on many levels. 
It can be argued that the Taj Mahal and the Moonhouse are two of the most significant buildings in history of mankind. The former building was concieved and materialised in the past while the latter is concieved now and will materialise in the future. The two bring their respective messages from their respective coordinates in time. 
The past, the present and the future meet in beautiful glory.
While most would agree that the Moonhouse is a ”house” as the name says, the notion that the Moonhouse is a ”building” is challenged by vigorously by some, particularly those with professional interest such as architects. There is no challenge that the Taj Mahal is a building where it sits on the banks of River Yamuna in Agra. The question is why the Moonhouse when it sits at the foothills of Sinus Iridum on the Moon is not a building. Here the meeting is one between different conceptions. 
Both buildings carry their own investment of age old beauty. The Taj Mahal in the curved complex and unique splendour available when no expense is spared available to the few with immense wealth. The Moonhouse in the angular and minimalistic beauty available in the ubiquitous to those with small means. Thus, the elite meets the masses, the wealthy meet the poor, east meets west. 
The Moonhouse Expedition is very grateful to Cajsa for bringing the house on this exciting expedition.
 
The Moonhouse is art. It challenges.

7 Wonders – The Great Wall of China

The Moohhouse on the Great Wall of China near Badaling, China.

The Moohhouse on the Great Wall of China near Badaling, China. Foto: Anders Lif.

One of the first if not _the_ first appearances of the Moonhouse outside Sweden was on the Great Wall of China near Badaling when the author/journalist Anders Lif brought the house to the first of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2008. Anders Lif is also the author of the book ”Mångalen : Genberg och de tusen musketörerna” (ISBN13: 9789185319206) chronicling the Moonhouse poject