#2.16 Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen, Tina Holmstedt, April 24, 2015
Tina Holmqvist has been on a very exciting expedition to Tokyo where she and Moonhouse #2.16 have been exploring the legendary cherry blossom in the Shinjuku Gyoen garden. As we all can see the house blends well with the cherry blossom. One would wish that the house could bring a cherry tree to the Moon where the blossoms would be off-set wonderfully agains the black sky and crisp star field. This expedition is poetic to the level that we have to rename Moonhouse #2.16 to Cherry Blossom.
We thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures from your exciting expedition Tina. We wish you fair winds for your coming expeditions.
#2.37 The Swedish Cottage in Central Park New York Hans Hallberg, The Swedish Cottage in Central Park New York, NY, USA, November 8, 2013.
Two days after landfall in Atlantic City, on November 8, 2013, Hans Hallberg and Moonhouse #2.37 made landfall in New York City. This time the Moonhouse or Moon Cottage, paid tribute to another cottage, namely the Swedish Cottage in Central Park, New York. The Swedish Cottage was build in Sweden 1875 and erected in Central Park in 1877. It is currently serving as home of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
Congratulations Hans on the second landfall on your successful expedition (after landfall in Atlantic City) and fair winds for your coming adventures.
Stefan Lundin has headed out on a Motorcycle expedition through Vietnam with moonhouse #2.24 and his son Nisse. You can follow Stefan and Nisses adventures on the blog Moppa Runt.
Starting their trip in Ho Chi Minh City we understand from the reports that the expedition has reached Tuy Hoa , about as far east as you can get on mainland Vietnam.
Congratulations Stefan and Nisse to your first successful landfalls on yiour Vietnam Expedition and fair winds for your future adventures, We look to forward to future reports from your Vietnam Expedition.
Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA #2.24 Emil Vinterhav August 15, 2013
Moonhouse Expedition is continuing its exploration of space and Emil Vinterhav has just recently returned from an expedition with Moonhouse #2.24 to the Small Satellite conference in Logan Utah. The sculpture in the picture is ”Synergy” by Gary Lee Price and captures the togetherness of the Moonhouse Expedition effort well. The above picture was taken on Auguat 15, 2013 on Utah State University Campus in Logan, Utah, USA.
Congratulations Emil Vinterhav on your successful expedition and fair winds for your coming adventures.
Finland is really embracing the Moonhouse concept. The below video features not only a house with white corners but, rockets plantets and a moon. We assume that the white finnish snow is mixing in with the red, creating the beautiful pink colour.
According to Sini Merikallio,the song is about travelling to space by ”making scissors with your fingers and cut an opening in the sky”.
Thank you Sini for the link. We appreciate the support from Finland greatly. 🙂
This week’s issue of the Swedish edition of Donald Duck features the Moonhouse together with the Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang in a feature edition about space. (a klick on the image will take you to the Kalle Anka facebook page)
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 [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.
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 – An idea of what it could look like when the expedition meets Venus in the Sweden Solar System [Photo Credit: Emil Vinterhav]