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Happy St David’s Day!

Today is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales. Traditionally daffodils (a symbol of Wales) and leeks (a symbol of Saint David) are worn.

This is a hand-coloured lithograph of daffodils, printed by Day & Haghe in the 1840s. The original drawing was by Jane Webb Loudon (1807-1858), and it featured in her book ‘The ladies’ flower garden of ornamental bulbous plants’ with 57 other botanical prints.

MoMA Teens Digital Advisory Board 

Our new Teens Digital Advisory Board has taken over MoMA Teens! The board, made up of alumni from previous MoMA Teens programs, work with us every week to create educational content, and is working with video artist BKLYN ZULU right now on a new season of amazing video content. Check out what they’re up to at MoMA Teens.

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     While driving down Interstate 5 through Santa Ana, California, you may have spotted this rocket. Even for space fans, identifying this vehicle may be difficult. It is a rare Delta Cryogenic Second Stage (DCSS) for the short lived Delta III rocket. This DCSS has a home at Discovery Cube Orange County, where she acts as an effective billboard for this educational museum. This equipment is appropriately placed near Huntington Beach where this particular payload fairing was manufactured.

     On August 27, 1998, the Delta 259 mission lifted off from Launch Complex 17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, marking the first flight of a Delta III, carrying the Galaxy 10 communication satellite. During the burn of its first stage, a design flaw in the rocket’s guidance system caused it to violently diverge from its planned trajectory and begin to break up. During the breakup process, the flight termination system was activated by the range safety officer, causing what was left of the rocket to explode. The Galaxy 10 satellite could be seen that night as a flaming ball streaking down until it spectacularly exploded as it hit the Atlantic Ocean. 

     The second flight of a Delta III would take place on May 5, 1999, as the Delta 269 mission flew from the same pad. Thanks to a manufacturing flaw in the Pratt & Whitney RL10B-2 engine, the second stage burn was cut short, causing the stage to tumble into a useless orbit. The Orion 3 communication satellite was written off and a second payload was lost.

     A final flight of the Delta III would take place on August 23, 2000, with the Delta 280 mission, which carried a dummy payload called DM-F3. This time, the flight was a success, but it was too late for the Delta III. The commercial satellite industry took a steep dive in the late 1990s. The more powerful Delta IV was just a few years away from its first flight, and Boeing was pursuing a more conservative Delta II Heavy rocket. These factors, combined with the failures, caused the Delta III to be quietly shelved. Some spare parts from the program were flown on various Delta II and Delta IV flights, and in the late 2000s, Boeing donated this DCSS to Discovery Cube Orange County where it stands today, greeting passersby on Interstate 5.

ID #63153

Name: Lucy
Age: 18
Country: England

Hi I’m Lucy, I’m 18 and I live in London :) I am a giant history nerd; I’m (hopefully) going to uni this year to study ancient and medieval history. I’m learning Latin and ancient Greek atm . I LOVE reading fantasy, sci-fi, classics, poetry, historical fiction and non-fiction. My favourite books are the Harry Potter series (I’m a hufflepuff btw), six of crows, Neverwhere, Les Mis and the book thief. I love plants, watching films, visiting museums, cafes, and galleries. I’m chronically ill. I’m interested in feminism and lgbtq+ stuff (I’m gay). I like Steven Universe.  

Preferences:  referably female, 17+, no homophobes

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Scan of a postcard announcing the opening of last year’s Five Cents to Dreamland exhibit at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn NY.  The exhibit documented the relationship between NYC’s mass transit system and “the people’s playground,” Coney Island. 

Dreamland was one of the three major amusement parks that dominated the area in the early 20th century (the others being Luna Park and Steeplechase Park).  Dreamland was short-lived, burning down seven years after its 1904 debut.  The image on the front of the card shows the steamboat Cape May at the Dreamland Pier, circa 1904 (from Found Image Press).