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  • Konovalenko Project's Trip to Moscow, Days 6-7

    Posted 04/01/2013 by Steve Nash | Comments
    Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology, and Rick Wicker, Photographer Today, we had the remarkable experience of actually going into the Gokhran, roughly translated as "Reserves of the Diamond Fund". This Russian institution has held the most valuable national treasures since 1920. The Gokhran supplies …
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  • Konovalenko Project Trip to Moscow Day 5-6

    Posted 03/29/2013 by Steve Nash | Comments
    Stephen E. Nash, Curator of Archaeology and Rick Wicker, Museum Photographer Today, we finished our work at the Samotsvety. In total, we have high quality images of 24 sculptures (20 originals and 4 duplicates/variants) and 2 stone butterflies. In order to finish the work on Thursday, Rick put in a …
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  • Konovalenko Project's Trip to Moscow Day 4-5

    Posted 03/28/2013 by Steve Nash | Comments
    Steve Nash and Rick Wicker Today we had a special treat, spending much of the day with Corey Flintoff of National Public Radio, who is stationed here in Moscow. He absolutely loved the Konovalenko history, project, and sculptures, so hopefully we'll hear his account on NPR in the coming weeks. Rick'…
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  • Konovalenko Project’s Trip to Moscow, Days 3-4

    Posted 03/27/2013 by Steve Nash | Comments
    Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology, and Rick Wicker, Museum Photographer The first sculpture we wanted to shoot today was Tsar’s Henchman (1970) on which we tried a new background color. Unfortunately, given a weird combination of lighting, background color, and the mineral colors in the piece, Ric…
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  • Konovalenko Project’s Trip to Moscow, Days 2-3

    Posted 03/25/2013 by Steve Nash | Comments
    Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology and Rick Wicker, Museum Photographer Monday, March 25th was our first full day of work, and what a day it was! We met our guide and translator, Irina, at 9:00 a.m. She helped us negotiate the complex metro system and find the State Gems Museum, or Samotsvety (http…
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  • Konovalenko Project's Trip to Moscow: Days 1-2

    Posted 03/24/2013 by Steve Nash | Comments
    Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology and Rick Wicker, Museum photographer We arrived in Moscow on Saturday, March 23rd, and spent Sunday getting oriented to the beautiful city that will be our home for the next tend days. It was a typical winter day in Moscow-- really cold, snowy, and windy, but after…
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  • Impressions of Madagascar

    Posted 11/15/2012 by Ian Miller | Comments
    As a paleontologist who studies the evolutionary history of the world's forests, I have always been curious about Madagascar. Its forests are unique with more than 95 percent of its tree species found only on the island. How did these forests evolve to be so different than any other on Earth? …
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  • What a Spectacular Launch!

    Posted 10/23/2012 by Steven Lee | Comments
    Without a doubt, this was one of the most memorable days of my life!  We were positioned within an arm's reach of the crew as they left their sleeping quarters and again, a few hours later, as they walked by in their space suits to board their bus to the launch pad.  It was amazing t…
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  • Watching Soyuz Roll By

    Posted 10/21/2012 by Steven Lee | Comments
    Our ride to Baikonour Cosmodrome started bright and early (6am).  We parked our van near the Soyuz assembly building, and were waved through a gate.  My jaw dropped when I saw that we were being told to stand near a barrier about 20 feet from a rail track and an electric locomotive;&…
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  • Where It All Began

    Posted 10/20/2012 by Steven Lee | Comments
    We've arrived at Baikonour Cosmodrome -- where the Space Age began when the USSR launched the first artificial Earth satellite in 1957.  Certainly feels like a pilgrimage!  Also feels a long way from home, as we're now 12 hours ahead of Denver ... Baikonour itself is a small city (…
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